How it all began

I was on maternity leave with our second child, looking at returning to part time work as a Practice Nurse in a busy Health Centre in town. The Lyttelton Preschool & Nursery, where our 2 year old Meg had attended two mornings / week, had just gone bankrupt after being open only eight months in their lovely new premises at the Lyttelton West site. After public meetings to try and reestablish a community centre Ė plans were abandoned due to lack of available volunteers to make up a governing community committee.

Having looked around the centres close to my work, I was feeling extremely uncomfortable about leaving my children at any of them - not least for the fact I knew no-one working there or sending their children to them. How would I know what was going on there?? An opportunity presented itself for a private provider to reestablish a preschool on Crown Land at the Lyttelton West site, and I knew this was me. I had worked a lot with young children and their whanau while practice nursing, and James my partner could run the business side of the preschool with his business background (B. Com).

February 1995 and Busy Cís Preschool came to fruition. From the start we have prided ourselves in employing only wonderful and qualified kaiako (teachers), and working closely with them to create a nurturing collaborative learning community with the core values of respect and dignity. Our children (and their whānau) experience a strong sense of belonging in a child-centred, supportive environment where they are able to develop a sense of themselves as capable people and competent learners.

-- Caro Davidson

Busy C's centre & philosophy:

Busy Cís is a small preschool situated in the heart of the port town of Lyttelton, approximately 14 minutes from the centre of Christchurch. It is a vibrant, homely centre, which reflects the close-knit community it serves.

At Busy C's we believe that parents/whānau (family) are the first educators of their tamariki (children) and we aim to work in partnership to give the tamariki the best early childhood education (ECE) they can have. We believe in a whānau approach where older and younger tamariki can play and learn together in a safe and nurturing family environment. Our programme follows the principles of Te Whāriki (our NZ Early Childhood Curriculum) and is inspired by the tamariki, allowing plenty of free play so that their interests can emerge and develop. The programme's flexible nature allows us as kaiako (teachers) to extend on these interests in a range of directions.

We are a fun team of qualified ECE professionals committed to the learning outcomes of our programme which aim to be positive in developing knowledge, skills, and attitudes; and in fostering the tamariki's sense of themselves as capable, confident people and competent learners.

How to find us

Busy C's Frontage<-- click on the image to open a map.


16 Winchester St, Lyttelton, NZ Tel: 03 3288211