Welcome to Hardykids Early Learning Centre

We are a family owned and operated early childcare centre in the heart of Nelson at 400 Hardy Street East.  Our purpose built centre caters for children three months to six years. We are open from 7.30am-5.30pm Monday to Friday, except statutory holidays.

Choosing the right early childhood centre is a huge decision. You need to be certain that your child is cared for in an environment that fits well with your families values and beliefs. Most of all, you want your child to be happy, safe and cared for by teachers who have a genuine interest in your child’s welfare and education. At Hardykids we choose educators that believe early childhood education is a vocation not just a job. For this reason we have chosen ratios greater than the Ministry of Education (MOE) guidelines, which allow those educators to focus on the children. Under 2’s teacher/Child ratios 1:4, over 2’s 1:8.

We believe that a caring early childhood education is one of the greatest gifts we can give a child for a good start in life. 

trudyTrudy is co-owner and Managing Director of Hardykids. Trudy has two beautiful boys, Ryan and Tyler, and married her husband Nic in January 2010 after a friendship of 10 years. Trudy has a diverse background, starting off following her passion as a professional dancer, followed by completing a legal executive qualification, and now her passion is with children and business. In her spare time, she loves to go camping, running, travelling and having a wine with friends.

Email: trudy@hardykids.co.nz

pam My name is Pam Gordon and I'm the Centre Manager at Hardykids. I'm originally from Dunedin, but I have spent most of my teaching career in Wellington, Gisbourne and Taupo, before heading back south. I am passionate about teaching young children and working with their parents and Whānau. The setting of Hardy Kids and it's philosophy drew me to the centre. Where else can one work while Tui and Bellbirds flit around and there is a strong emphasis on learning with nature? My interests include reading, tramping, walking, cycling - including touring, quilting, fly fishing and yachting! My greatest joy is being part of my grandchildren's life.

Email: pam@hardykids.co.nz



Hardykids Early Learning Centre | 400 Hardy Street East | Nelson
Phone: (03) 545 6905 | Fax: (03) 545 6906 | Email: trudy@hardykids.co.nz