It's well known that participation in high quality Early Childhood Education contributes to stronger learning foundations. The government understands this, which is why they fund twenty hours a week.

Professional Early Childhood Educators

Because Marsden Preschool Teaching staff are all professional Early Childhood educators, we meet the highest standards. 


Marsden Preschool is for girls and boys, aged 3 to 5 years. We are open 8:15am – 3:30pm, five days a week during school terms. Most children come five days, but there are options for 3 or 4 day attendance:

  • 3 year old children must attend a minimum of 3 days a week
  • 4 year old children must attend a minimum of 4 days a week.

The Marsden difference

The big difference, though, is that we are part of the Samuel Marsden Collegiate School Community. We're very clear about the ultimate goal of education for all children: we prepare children and young people for lives of meaning, accomplishment and genuine happiness.

Head of Preschool

Helen McConnell
Head of Preschool
(04) 476 8707
Children really respond to the environment we provide. It's wonderful to see them grow.

Helen McConnell, Head of Preschool


At Marsden Preschool values-based means an age appropriate focus on Marsden's core values of Hiranga–Excellence, ManahauResilience, AhuahatangaCreativity, OhaGiving and Whangaungatanga–Relationships. Children's response to the positive environment we create is extraordinary: by the time they leave us for Primary, they are already well on the way in life.

Marsden Preschool Handbook 2023

Marsden Preschool Handbook 2023

A useful guide to how Marsden Preschool runs on a day to day basis, term dates, what your child will need to bring and who to contact, etc.