Our story

Our Story

Tēnā koutou we are Tonia and Murray Salt. We have been the proud owners and operators of James Street for over 20 years now. James Street has been the second home for our whānau and many others over this time. We are passionate about providing a warm, nurturing, and natural environment for all ākonga, whānau and kaiako. Our own ākonga have been an integral part of this journey for us and will often come and spend time helping to maintain our beautiful setting.  

Our priorities for ākonga, whānau and kaiako are ensuring that they feel a strong sense of Ūkaipōtanga and that they have the space and time to grow and become the best that they can be.

We both have a background in education with Murray having a Bachelor in Science  (Hons), a Diploma in Teaching and 18 years of teaching experience in High Schools. Tonia has a Diploma of Teaching ECE and over 30 years of teaching experience. We are both actively involved in the daily running of James Street, and plan to be for many more years to come.

We work hard to be your

home away from home

Our approach to early childhood education acknowledges the distinct strengths and needs of ākonga. With this in mind, we tailor our teaching to ensure personalised attention and support, fostering an environment where all ākonga thrive.

We prioritise maintaining reciprocal relationships between whānau, ākonga, and kaiako, which help us create a nurturing environment where your ākonga feel at home.

Our environment

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If you have a desire to make a difference and are committed to creating a positive impact on ākonga, we would love to hear from you.

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We recognise that choosing an early childhood provider can be a challenging decision.

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our waitlist

No matter if your ākonga is a few months or years away from early childhood education, enquire today for your best chance to get a spot on our waitlist.

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see us

Nestled in the stunning coastal community of Redcliffs, the James Street Preschool and Nursery is located in a truly special place. We invite you to explore our unique environment and meet our friendly kaiako.

Come and see for yourself why James Street Preschool and Nursery is the perfect choice for your whānau!