About us

Minerva house was established in 2010 and is one of Christchurch’s premier Preschool’s.

Minerva House is owned by Joanna and Peter Wortley. They continue to provide a ‘Centre of Excellence’ as did the original founders.

Joanna has worked in early childhood education for approximately 20 years. She is passionate working with whanau and tamariki and strives as a mentor with fellow staff to create a harmonious and quality early childhood centre.

Joanna and Peter have one daughter, Molly, whom is school aged.

Joanna and Peter are actively involved in managing the day to day running of Minerva House, where they believe in creating a sense of wellness and belonging for all whanau, tamariki and Kaiako.

Joanna and Peter combine their knowledge and management expertise and the resolute desire to provide children with opportunities to challenge themselves and be creative in their natural desire to learn.

Jacinta Paterson is the centre manager at Minerva House and has been there for 11 years. Along with the three Head Teachers, Teachers, Teacher Aide, Chef and our reliable pool of relievers they all work together to ensure the smooth running of Minerva House.

Peter and Joanna are committed to see Minerva House remain one of the very best Early Childhood Centres Christchurch has to offer.

“Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create”- Maria Montessori