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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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.
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.
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.
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
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
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!
Thanks for all your help settling our daughter in over the last two weeks, you have all been so great!
A Happy Parent
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
Thank you for playing such a huge role in our daughters first year, you are really such amazing teachers.
A Happy Parent
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
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.