Little Citizens

Ngā Kirirau Pakupaku

Little Citizens gives your child a head start for life! We provide high quality early childhood education for preschool children in Dunedin.

Little Citizens offers exceptional early childhood education for preschool tamariki aged 0 – 6 years, making a positive impact that equips children for success in school and beyond.

We are a community of tamariki, whānau and Kaiako guided by the values of whᾱnautakata (reciprocal relationships), manaakitaka (kindness, empathy and caring for others), aroha (love, compassion and empathy) and kaitiakitaka (guardianship of our world).

We recognise each tamariki is a member of other communities, bringing with them their own culture and experiences to the task of working with one another in a fun and engaging learning environment. Our mixed age setting encourages tuakana-teina relationships, where older and younger tamariki learn from one another.

We take pride in establishing and maintaining a nurturing learning environment dedicated to incorporating te reo Māori, tikaka, and cultural experiences. These elements contribute to our journey in becoming a bicultural early learning center.

Little Citizen's offers diverse learning opportunities to support the development and growth of tamariki through play. We collaborate with each tamaiti and their whānau to create personalised learning plans and capture their learning journey in learning stories using Educa (a dedicated app that you can use to follow the stories).  Additionally, we showcase these stories and achievements throughout our center.

Your child will progress through our three specialist rooms Kiwi (ages 0 – 2), Tui (ages 2 – 3  ½ ) and Kōtuku (ages 3 ½  –  5) each with highly experienced, qualified, teachers dedicated to your child’s progress.

Little Citizens provides healthy breakfasts for the whole family, lunch, and dinners at no extra cost.

Little Citizens is also the home of ENGAGE, a world-first programme pioneered by Dr Dione Healey at the University of Otago that helps children develop the executive functioning (control over feeling, thinking and behaving) that is crucial to adult success and which is first formed at ages 3 and 4.  Little Citizens is the first ECE in New Zealand to partner in the development of ENGAGE into a full ECE programme. 

For more information on ENGAGE, please visit




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