Welcome to Hardykids Early Learning Centre

We are an 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.

We are proud to have Hardykids Blossom House Nursery, a specialised infant and toddler centre right next door. Blossom House Nursery is a beautifully renovated villa... a real 'home away from home' for your infant or toddler, with lush gardens, spacious and peaceful play rooms and even a fire place to keep warm on those colder days.


Each child has their own special teacher to care for them and together they will move through the age appropriate rooms as your child develops and grows, so your child has the same consistent relationships for their first two years at preschool! Your child will receive free cloth nappies, and all home-cooked meals for children over 1yr. 

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. 

Parent Testimonials

"We were originally attracted to Hardykids by the home cooked lunches provided and the fact the hours are longer than many other day cares around town, for those days when you really need it. But Hardykids has become much more to us than that. We feel like the teachers really know and like our kids and are supportive of all of us, as a family. Our oldest, who is 3, has learned amazing social skills during his time at Hardykids and has an absolute ball along the way. Our youngest (10 months) is just so content in the baby room. Knowing that they are well cared for has made my return to work (both times) that much easier". - Julie Maslin-Caradus

"I cannot speak highly enough about Hardykids. I searched for some time for the right place for my son who has severe allergies to nuts and eggs. Hardykids have accomodated and cared for my son with this situation and I have every confidence in leaving him with them. I know that he is safe and that the staff are fully trained if a situation did arise. The premises are modern and clean and the staff are friendly and caring. The before school programme (Fishes) is amazing. I would recommend any family to look at Hardykids". - Donna Topp

Our Team

Gillian  Gillian Adamson joined Hardykids as Administrator in November 2014.  Gillian has returned to Nelson, her home town, after living in South  Canterbury for many years

 Email: admin@hardykids.co.nz


 Kia ora My name is Hilary and I  am  the Curriculum Leader here  at  Hardykids. I have a Bachelor  of  Teaching and Learning from  Canterbury University and in my  role  I work across all rooms supporting and mentoring staff and the programme on offer, therefore I am lucky I get to work with all age groups. I am relatively new to Nelson and am originally off a farm in South Canterbury. I have been lucky to have spent several years travelling the world whilst working setting up early childhood centres in several exciting locations (China, Africa, Mexico to name a few). Now I am settled in Nelson, in my spare time I love meeting up with friends and exploring this lovely region as well as trying my hand at 'upcycling' old furniture and doing up my own house!

Email: hilary@hardykids.co.nz

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