Farmhouse Preschool offers education and care for children aged 2-5 years in Patumahoe & Karaka


About Us

At Farmhouse Preschool we offer childcare for children aged 2-5 in our two small, privately owned preschools in unique rural settings. 

The idea for our first preschool came from our need to find childcare for our two children. We wanted a childcare facility that met our needs and reflected our lifestyle. Our kids, as do many, needed space to play and learn just like they had at home. We found that many Early Childcare Education Centres were located on small sections in urban environments and were just not suitable for us.

We wanted our children to have the space they needed as well as a quality education. A place where children would develop a love of learning, a place where each child is treated as an individual, not just a number. When we couldn't find what we were looking for we decided to establish our own centre. In 2009 we opened Patumahoe Preschool which has a distinctly rural feel. It is located on a two acre property on the outskirts of Patumahoe Village so there is plenty of space for children to develop their imagination, to grow and to learn.  

After 4 years of operation at Patumahoe our centre was full and had a long waiting list obviously there were other parents who wanted something different for their children so we decided it was time for another preschool. In November 2013 we opened our second preschool in Karaka. We designed it to look and feel like a home.  With an old bay villa look outside and open airy spaces on the inside, the building has the beauty and elegance of the past but with all the benefits of a modern building. We have used neutral tones inside and out to create a blank canvas for our children to add colour and vibrancy.

Connecting with the outdoors is really important to us so our outdoor play spaces are more than four times the size required by the Ministry of Education. We try to incorporate as many natural elements as possible in our playgrounds. Outside the fenced area we have orchards from which, in the years to come, we will collect our own fruit for morning tea. There are various farm animals in the adjoining paddocks (goats, pigs, sheep and cows). Our playgrounds both have forts, sandpits, bike tracks, playhouses, slides and vegetable gardens.

We know that having a great preschool means having the best teachers. We have been careful to select teachers who are NZ qualified, passionate and professional. Our teachers are fully qualified and experienced.  

Our unique rural settings and quality service attracts families from all over Franklin.  We currently have families from Patumahoe, Karaka, Drury, Waiau Pa, Pukekohe, Waiuku, Karaka and Papakura.

In July 2015 we changed the names of our preschool from Berwick Preschool and Patumahoe Preschool to Farmhouse Preschool. 

If you would like to know more please don't hesitate to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Jo & Darryl Ward