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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • The team at Little Wonders are absolutely amazing! The bonds they create with the children are genuine and strong and the staff are like an extension to our family. The children all show kindness to each other and a genuine care for the teachers, other children and the centre environment. The teachers help support each child's interests and constantly set up new and fun activities to extend their knowledge in really fun ways.  All teaches are approachable and accommodating.  I would have no hesitation recommending Little Wonders.

    Mary Ferguson

  • 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

  • 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

  • Amy, we just wanted to say thank you so much to you for raising the bar as far as care for all our special little ones goes.

    This can only stem from having a happy team and you only get a happy team when they enjoy not only what they do, but enjoy what their manager is about and the philosophies that there managers are trying to instill. Every time we cross paths with you or any of the staff, they are always so happy to see us, they enquire about our lives including Jax, they show a genuine interest in what our family is about and are always up for a laugh so thank you.  

    Abbe and I have had the luxury of some top class, first hand experiences with care for Jackson in Australia in terms of care, support and the feeling of safety and security that we will never forget when we would drop him off and and Abbe and I have spoken to each other about this not being able to be matched once Nix came along. 

    You and the team (esp Caitlyn) have not only matched that but also exceeded it and our expectations in so many areas. You can't put a price on that!! Keep it up :) When your son can't hold himself together (sometimes quite literally) due to happiness the whole journey to preschool, you know he is off to enjoy the day in a safe, fun, friendly and wholesome environment that is right up there with the very best on offer.

    Your support for our family has had such a positive and uplifting impact.

    Thanks heaps to you, Caitlyn and the team!!

     

    The Todd Team
    Pegasus

  • 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

  • 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