For early childhood learning.

Children are at the heart of our work. 

We welcome you and your child into our beautiful centres. By working together, we will provide a trustworthy environment that promotes quality childcare and education. Our childcare centres provide excellent facilities, quality educational equipment and programmes and well-qualified, caring teaching staff.

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Let them fly.

Our teachers take pride in providing the best early childhood education and care.

We do this by providing children with a programme that is embedded in the early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki. Priorities for children’s learning have been identified and teachers work alongside all children to grow their identity as successful learners.

Positive trusting relationships are nurtured between teachers, children and their families. We strive to build collaborative partnerships between the centre and home to ensure parent aspirations for their children are valued. We do this by providing
a warm, welcoming and safe environment.

Play is an important aspect of how children learn and we endeavour to create learning environments that invite children to explore and become fully involved in a wide variety of experiences.

Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and behaviour to promote independence and self-help skills. In addition, the development of social skills and working alongside their peers encourages working together in thoughtful and kind ways.

Respect for self, others and the environment is modelled at all times as we prepare children to take responsibility in a changing world.

We value inclusiveness, understanding and accepting of all differing cultures and beliefs in a variety of different aspects. We strive to show a commitment to the bicultural partnership inherent in Aotearoa New Zealand and make this evident in our practice.

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Whats New

Little Wonders Oanaka Supports Food for Love

The staff and children at Little Wonders Oanaka have been contributing delicious baked goods to a local initiative called Food for Love, a group that provides home cooked meals to families or individuals that need a little help in the Wanaka area.

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Chinese New Year at Little Wonders Cromwell

Last week, Little Wonders Cromwell celebrated Chinese New Year.

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Healthy Heart Day at Little Wonders Cromwell

Little Wonders Cromwell has been celebrating Healthy Heart for the duration of this week. The centre has raised over $200 for the Heart Foundation through various fun games and activities.

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Testimonials

  • My son has been attending Little Wonders for a couple of years now and he absolutely loves it.  The staff are wonderful with him and I love the bonds he has formed with them.  I feel content knowing he is well looked after and gets the care, love and attention from everyone at the centre. The staff engage with the parents to find out what values are important to them and to ensure the needs of each child is met. It is a great centre with enthusiastic and kind staff and a bunch of great children!

    Mary

  • Thanks for all your help settling our daughter in over the last two weeks, you have all been so great!

    A Happy Parent

  • Since we have enrolled Olivia with Little Wonders, Oamaru, we have been extremely impressed and truly grateful for the caring and nurturing guidance she has received. Her teachers, in fact, all of the staff, have treated Olivia and us, with respect and have played a part in Olivia developing into a confident, active learner that loves going to 'baby school' every day. She has affirmation as an individual and also the security of belonging to a group.

    At every stage, we have been so grateful that the staff has been so patient and thoughtful within every interaction we have had and are never too busy to talk to us and answer questions. Truly a great choice of care for our daughter.

    Belinda Hirst
    Oamaru

  • I really love my children being apart of the Little Wonders Timaru Family. Brooke is now seven but enjoyed her earlier years at "Wonders" the great thing for her is that she is still great friends with children she went there with. Mitchell is now 3 & loves going to "Wonders" They have both formed great relationships with the teachers. As a mother I love the variety of activities that the kids participate in. The food is fantastic as on a busy day I know that the children have had a good lunch meal so if they can have light evening meal. I would have no issues talking to any parents looking at enrolling their children to Little Wonders.

    Tess Taylor
    Timaru

  • Dan is generally very happy to go running into Little Wonders Oanaka, drop his bag, find his friends, get into things and wave us goodbye. Little Wonders Oanaka has been a great 'second home' for Dan. The environment and classrooms are well equipped, well thought out and the teachers create new and interesting spaces and places regularly within these.

    The centre has an open welcoming feeling for kids and their parents. The teachers are amazing and the best part of Oanaka! Knowledgeable, approachable, fun and passionate about teaching. The team works so well together, and that is reflected in settled and easy manner of the kids in the rooms. I enjoy the philosophy behind the teaching approach, appreciate the time the teachers take to talk things through, identify important learning points for Dan and generally just love and enjoy him.

    I find drop offs and pick ups a really nice time - the management staff ensure that as you walk through the door there is time for a chat, the teachers in the classrooms are happy to fill in events of the day and there is always a chance to talk to other parents along the way. It is just an all round great place!

    Turid

  • Little Wonders Timaru was such a happy accident for my family. We were forced to have to do daycare because my husband hurt his Achilles, and I had work. The first time I left, I cried the whole way home just because I had never left my son with anyone that long - not even family. When I returned and picked him up, I was greeted by stories from the staff and pictures. I walked in on his playing outside in the sandbox and barely taking note I had come.

    As the months have progressed, I have realized what a gem this place is. They are helping him grow in leaps and bounds - we are far from family so the social and mental growth he gets, is invaluable. The staff has goals for him and specific ways to meet them. We have been noticing weekly changes in him and are so grateful for how they have helped him grow. We love them - little wonders - the good food they give him (it always is so healthy and delicious, the kindness they give him, and their care. Forever grateful for their care.

    Tiffany Williams
    Timaru

  • Little Wonders Pegasus is such a lovely learning environment, such nice and friendly staff.
    My son Carter is loving his time here, he has made such great wee friends and is always talking about the fun things they do at preschool together. He always is talking about how nice and fun all the teachers are.
    Thanks so much for making this such an easy fun time for Carter to settle into

    Liz Hogan

  • Little Wonders Oanaka, thank you!

    The kind things that you wrote about our family and my wee girl warms my heart!

    And I cannot even begin to imagine our time here in Wanaka without Little Wonders Oanaka. 

    It has been such a fabulous experience for Chancey and ourselves. In all seriousness, thank you all from the bottom of my heart! Chancey has transformed and grown in so many ways in this short time that we have been inspired to follow your example. I truly feel that her time at Little Wonders Oanaka has changed the way we parent. 

    Although Chancey may not have really solid memories of her experience with Little Wonders Oanaka, I know her little soul will always remember. 

    What you and your staff do is beautiful and it shows through every day. 

    With great appreciation and respect, 

    The Hollands 

    The Hollands

  • I was apprehensive about starting my son in childcare at 4 months old. I worried about how his days would be without me there and hoped that he would get the love, care and attention that he was used to at home.

    The team at Little Wonders were amazingly supportive. They mirrored the routines that I had established at home which made the settling process easier for us both. They were honest about how his days went which was really important to me. The fact that they could openly tell me when he had a bad day assured me that I could trust them to keep me informed about his progress. I was able to visit during the day to breastfeed him which I found great as I didn’t have to express as much milk. Breastfeeding and providing expressed milk was encouraged by the staff which I thought was awesome.

    He is now 8 months old and is very settled. He is familiar with his teachers and is happy for me to come and go during the day which assures me that he feels safe and secure with his teachers. I have gotten to know his teachers well and they are always willing to work alongside me as we guide my wee man to be the best he can be.  I know that they know my son well and can respond to his needs. I enjoy watching through the window for a few minutes when I arrive to pick him up and seeing how comfortable he is at Little Wonders the smiles on his face tell me he is in good hands

    Welsh family

  • Both of my sons attended Little Wonders Oanaka from age 9 months - 5 years. The children absolutely loved their time at daycare and made many friends and truly fell in love with their teachers! The teachers in the classrooms were always very forthcoming with stories and information from the day, and loved sharing all the cute (and not so cute) bits with me.

    Little Wonders Oanaka is like a real family, it always made me feel great dropping the kids off in this loving environment that was a "home away from home" my children both have wonderful memories of their time at childcare. The communication with the parents was flawless and we always knew what was going on. I would 100% percent recommend Little Wonders Oanaka

    Jess