Pop into Kindercare Bishopdale because we would love to show you our newly renovated playground, with exciting play spaces for your little one. Offering 20 hours FREE, T’s and C’s apply. We would love to meet you.

Kindercare Bishopdale

  • Kindercare Bishopdale Childcare Centre

Centre Contact Details

345 Sawyers Arms Road
Bishopdale, Christchurch, 8051

Phone: 03 359 5511

Email: sawyersarms@kindercare.co.nz

If you'd like to submit an Enrolment Enquiry now, click here.

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Operating Hours

Monday to Friday 7.30am to 5.30pm

Looking for safe, loving childcare in Bishopdale? 

You’ll find it at our safe, welcoming early childhood centre, where we put our hearts into everything we do. Our dedicated team, led by our committed Centre Director, Samantha Littlejohn, will give your little one the loving, responsive care you want for them 

Our strong parent partnership makes your life even easier through our convenient city location, with easy pick-ups and drop-offs. We offer enrolment options that include both full time, and part time care and education, so building the life you want for your child has never been simpler. We are conveniently located for families in Sawyers, Casebrook, Harewood, Northcote, Airport, and Redwood.


About our childcare centre

Hours of fun and learning 

Open daily throughout the year (except for weekends and statutory holidays) 

7.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday 

Age group of children we cherish 




Transition to School 


Like you, we want the best for your child. So we don’t compromise on safe, supportive, care and education. Our team works hard to ensure your family receives the highest standard of care for your weekly fee, which includes:  

  • a generous annual leave allowance  
  • a nutritious midday meal, prepared fresh at the centre daily – so you won’t need to pack kai  
  • healthy mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks to fuel your child’s play and learning  
  • our Positive Parenting program – offering tips, advice and support for every family  

Because every child has different needs, we ask that you supply your childs own bottles, formula and nappies for each day.  


If you would like to learn more about our fees, enrolment schedules or space availability, please let us know. We’re happy to talk through any questions or provide whatever information you may need, to help you make the best decision for your child and your family. 

What’s the first step?

Simply pop in for a visit, anytime. We’d love to welcome you into our relaxed, multicultural daycare centre, and show you around our safe, exciting learning environments— both indoors and out. We’ll also introduce you to our friendly team, who understand how important it is to support you and your child through these early years. You can feel comfortable telling us about your child, your aspirations for them, and what you’re looking for in a centre.

Why choose our centre?

Our early childhood centre, here at Bishopdale has been providing safe, loving care and learning since 2009. We care for children from infancy until they’re ready to leave our care for primary school. Your little one will be cherished among tamariki of a similar age and stage of development, in rooms specially designed to provide the nurturing care, imaginative learning and social opportunities best suited to their individual needs.

At Kindercare Bishopdale, we have a strong connection to the community through local trips, school visits, and visitors from our surrounding area. Our centre also celebrates the biculturalism of New Zealand and has a weekly kapa haka, where the whole centre gets together to sing songs and dance. You’ll be invited to our parent evenings which are held throughout the year— to update you about your child's progress and development. We also love celebrations so throughout the year, we’ll make the most of those special moments in life as well as celebrating cultural events.

Our care and learning 

Kindercare offers a curriculum that supports each classroom's interests and development which is designed for their specific age. The curriculum allows your child to enjoy building the foundational skills they’ll eventually need for school. In our preschool classrooms, our You Can Do It program supports your child in developing the social and emotional skills needed to make friends, build confidence and resilience through a variety of creative experiences. 

We also support your family and whānau through Triple-P—our parenting program designed to promote a strong and healthy relationship with your child by learning how to identify, manage and prevent emotional and behavioural problems. 

To support our partnership with you, we believe in fostering a multicultural environment, where we invite you to participate in your child’s learning by sharing your knowledge, aspirations, and culture with us, and with the room in which your child is cared for.

Kiwi Room (infants room) 

We believe infants should feel safe, loved and supported, while surrounded by opportunities to learn and grow through our Care and Play curriculum. Our Kiwi Room is designed to offer respectful care for the little babies in their own space, as well as an open area for the older and mobile children to learn and grow in a calming sensory-rich environment. The nurturing indoor space flows seamlessly into its own outdoor play area, allowing your baby to safely explore and discover. In the spirit of partnership, we’ll work with you to ensure that your child’s routine and care needs are met, and we’ll document their days through a specially designed journal so you’re with us every step of your baby’s development, which is a treasure to keep as your child moves on.

Tūī Room (toddlers room) 

In our safe and loving Tui room, Kaiako embrace the toddler’s journey from the emerging independence to the enthusiasm for learning. In a stimulating environment that offers a variety of creative and sensory experiences, your child’s growth and development will be nurtured and supported. As toddlers begin to play with their peers and use their imaginations, the engaging setups, natural and heuristic resources of this room support this development. Their day is filled with conversations, mat times, music and movement, and art experiences. With their own vibrant outdoor space, your child will receive plenty of opportunities to explore, experiment and of course, have fun. 


Pūkeko Room (preschool room) 

When it comes to preschoolers, we understand the importance of making friends, loving to learn and being resilient. Our Pūkeko kaiako will guide your child through it all. Our nurturing teachers ensure that tamariki have a safe learning environment where there are opportunities to share in creative learning activities that develop their overall self-awareness while building social and emotional skills. This room starts to include more formal learning in a fun, interactive way. This includes the alphabet where the children have a special Show and Tell day, where they can share items from their home linking to the letter of the week. This continues through to our Transition to School room (Takahē room). The outdoor environment is shared with the Takahē room, and is presented daily with planned inviting and stimulating experiences. A new exciting integration of digital technology is introduced at this age where kaiako will use technology to expand on their current learning focus or interest.

Takahē Rooms (Transition to School room)  

Once your preschooler reaches the Transition to School stage, their preparation for the move to school includes daily learning experiences that help them build confidence among other tamariki, share their ideas, and question the world around them. We also visit schools where our children are able to connect with school age tamariki and these conversations and shared activities help your child feel more confident— even excited— about taking the next big step! There are plenty of opportunities to develop responsibility in being prepared for school, and this is shown through offering Lunch Box Days once a week, bringing in a school bag and a reading program. To make the most of the special moments in life, we have a special ceremony to celebrate the milestone of transitioning to primary school. Parents and whānau are invited to join in on the celebrations as it is a moment to remember!


Our world of outdoor play  

At Kindercare Bishopdale, we understand that movement is at the very heart of your child’s intellectual, social and physical development. That’s why our centre offers safe, vibrant outdoor spaces where your child can play, explore, discover and make friends through physical activity. As your child learns more about their body and becomes more physically competent, they’re also getting ready to transition into the next room, and stage of development. Our outdoor environments were recently revamped to provide the children with age-appropriate yet challenging equipment in order to develop their full potential.

A little about our team…

From the moment you and your child walk through our doors, you will feel relaxed in our homely centre where our passionate team will ensure a successful transition into our care. We will take the time to get to know each child’s family and whānau, discuss your aspirations for your child, and embrace your family as part of ours.  Our team take pride in building relationships as we partner with you from the very beginning to ensure the best possible care and learning for your child.

We have a wonderfully diverse and dedicated team of teachers here, who each bring a unique set of strengths and skills. We live by Kindercare’s core values of safe, loved and learning and our genuine kaiako show this through lovingly supporting the tamariki in our care.



You’re invited…

Parents and families are warmly invited to pop in at any time during the day to visit us; we have an open-door policy and always have time for you to look around and get a feel for our homely centre. This will give you the opportunity to meet the teams, see our inviting rooms and our spacious outdoor environment.

We look forward to meeting you and your child and finding out more about your values and aspirations, and we hope to share with you all the special things that make our early childhood centre the amazing place we know it is.

With love