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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About Us

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

Clean Up New Zealand Week with Little Wonders Oamaru

Being part of a community initiative to Clean Up NZ taught our children about the importance of caring for the land -Manaaki whenua.

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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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Testimonials

  • Gus has been at Little Wonders for eighteen months and now he is four he has started the four year old programme. It is first class and he will be very ready for school next year. The teachers make it really fun for the kids to learn!

    Janine

  • When we drop Maiaorere off, she's always so inquisitive, curious and constantly looking around at all the different people and environment.  When we pick her up she's always so happy and joyous and it feels good to know that she feels happy there.

    It's really important to me that she be enrolled somewhere with a happy and loving wairua. So it's reassuring to me to know that she is happy when we drop her off and still happy when we pick her up.  That tells me the teachers and children there are loving towards her and she feels that.

    All the staff are so helpful and wonderful. Other than hoping Maiaorere is immersed more in Maori, I could't fault Little Wonders.

    Wairakei Sa'ena

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

    A Happy Parent

  • Thank you for playing such a huge role in our daughters first year, you are really such amazing teachers.

    A Happy Parent

  • 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

  • My two children have been attending Little wonders for several years now. What can I say…..it feels like home. The teachers are so attentive to the individual children’s needs and interests, families are warmly welcomed and there is a real sense of comradery . I couldn’t recommend Little Wonders on Guppy Road more highly, I completely trust the team knowing that they will look after my children as if they were their own. Thank you for giving me a safe, supportive and nurturing environment for my children, giving me that peace of mind I was looking for when returning to work.

    Sarah Irvin

  • Thank you so much for everything you have done for our son in his time at Little Wonders St Kilda. Thank you for all of your hard work, support and guidance. We will really miss you all, and the wonderful opportunities you have provided for him. It is the end of an era and we are sad to be leaving such wonderful people behind.

    The Miller Family

  • 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

  • When you come to pick up your kids from daycare and they ask to stay and play a little bit longer – you know you are in the right place! We have been at Little Wonders for over a year now, with one child at every room, and we are very happy. For us, the personal attention the kids receive from the wonderful teachers is the most important thing.

    Anon

  • We have been attending Little Wonders for three years now and could not recommend a better place for our children to grow. The environment is nurturing, warm, supportive and loving, this shows with the special bonds that have been developed between the children and teachers.

    The centre is very inclusive, parents are engaged and the children are so respectful and happy. The teachers are the stars at Little Wonders, constantly creating new activities for the children to challenge themselves and explore. I can't recommend Little Wonders enough!

    Paula