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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    Belinda Hirst
    Oamaru

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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