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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

    A Happy Parent