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