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

The Wilderness Garden at Little Wonders Oamaru

In our Trent Street Wilderness Garden at Little Wonders Oamaru, the children are experiencing moving and movement, and being physically active which is an important part of everyday life.

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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

  • We have been at Little Wonders St Kilda now with our two children for the past five years and I wouldn’t hesitate to highly recommend this wonderful childcare centre to anyone. It’s not an easy decision choosing somewhere to leave your most precious children, but the amazing teachers at Little Wonders made this so easy. Both as parents and children we have made some amazing friends here and the children have learned so much in a supportive, loving and educational environment.

    Thanks so much team, you really are all wonderful.

    Charmaine

  • 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

  • I am so thankful that my children had the opportunity to be part of this awesome centre for their early years. They absolutely thrived at Little Wonders St Kilda, and they were always excited to attend. Our whole family was welcomed into the community and we continue to be close friends with many of the other families who attended at the same time. We are proud that we made this great choice for our family.

    D. Phillips and Family

  • 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

  • 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

  • Thanks so much, I can see Aubrey loves her time in the Preschool, this is such an exciting step in her life. Thanks for making it such a fun and enjoyable experience for her.

    Samantha McTavish

  • I love how the staff are so nurturing, and take the time to get to know the children and their families. I love the whole enquiry based learning approach, it is awesome. The children love their special individual enquiry boxes too! The large outdoor space is a great space for running in.

    Ashleigh Cheeseman

  • I am so incredibly happy with Little Wonders, the staff who work there and the philosophy they operate under. My boy has established such strong relationships with his teachers that he will confidently ask for help or seek comfort from them should he need too. He has also grown into a sociable little chap, learning the importance of friendships and understanding how these are built with other children. He still has a strong hold on his independence, which is nurtured and encouraged at the centre. As a parent, I couldn't think of a better environment for my boy. 😊

    Katie

  • 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