Little Oaks are four privately owned centres which embrace Montessori learning.

Cheviot Preschool, Amberley Montessori, Oakfields Preschool, Little Oaks by the Sea in Kaikoura

Oak Tree Philosophy

Our philosophy is developed from the OAK TREE, an image with a strong foundation being the ROOTS.

The sturdy TRUNK represents strength, binding the tree together, leading into the

BRANCHES being our teachers and environment which provide the link to the

LEAVES which represent the learning outcomes for children.


To have pride within, to love to learn, to persist, to be creative, to problem-solve, to challenge, to be independent, to value and believe in ourselves and each other, to enjoy, to DREAM.... and to be the very best that we can be.


We aspire to be Positive, Professional, Reciprocal, Caring, Honest, Trusting, Collaborative, and to have Open Communication, Freedom of expression, to have Responsive Relationships with our Community and a strong sense of Belonging within it, Fostering a Community of Learners within our preschool.


To have Respect: For each other, for oneself, for our environment and all that is in it, to Appreciate, to Beautify, to be inclusive of all. We Respect and Nurture individualism and development of the whole personality.