Palmerston North Early Learning Centre
I'm Aimee, Head Teacher of Palmerston North Early Learning Centre. I've been a part of the Barnardos whānau for over 3 years and can't wait to welcome your family into our community.
About this centre
Palmerston North Early Learning Centre is a safe, homely and nurturing environment where strong foundations are created for your child’s future.
- Your child will be inspired by our rich array of play-based experiences in our open plan indoor environments.
- Outdoors, our vegetable and herb gardens provide us with tasty kai and our chickens lay fresh eggs daily that we use in our baking.
- We are proud to hold a Healthy Heart award for our commitment to early learning, health and wellbeing.
Individualised support, guidance and resources
Open 7:30am-5:30pm with part or full day options
Spacious, secure and fun environment
Healthy lunch and snacks made fresh every day
30 hours no charge for children 2 years and over*
Expertise and knowledge
Experienced in early childhood for over 40 years
More about us
Our aim is to create the best conditions for your child's learning, wellbeing and care. We also know how important it is to give you the convenience you need and reassurance that your child is in safe hands. Our central Roslyn location, loving team and tailored environment are all waiting to be discovered by your whānau.
Extended hours and Storypark - our online parent communication tool, are just some of the ways we try to make things a little easier for parents. Local excursions and fun activities are just the beginning when it comes to being the best we can be for your child.
Staff who nurture and inspire
Our qualified and experienced teachers are committed to caring for and nurturing your child. They build a strong connection with each child throughout their early learning journey and go out of their way to ensure every child feels supported and their unique needs are met.
Our teachers create positive opportunities for your child to develop physically, mentally and emotionally. They help guide your child as they navigate new friendships, master new skills and build independence and resilience to get ready for school and lay the foundations for lifelong learning.
Our happy and nurturing environment will inspire, stimulate and empower your child to learn in their own unique way. The outdoor spaces challenge and excite the imagination, while our spacious and light filled indoor areas offer room for reading, rest, and engaging indoor learning experiences. Our children love painting, waiata and the many natural play areas they have to discover.
Connecting with the outdoors
We only know who we are, by knowing where we come from. That's why building a strong connection with nature and our local community is so important. We believe it helps your child develop a sense of belonging and identity and positively influences their learning experiences.
We're so lucky to have so many wonderful options on our doorstep here in Palmerston North. We grow our own vegetable and herbs in our garden and go on community excursions to the local library, visit Bunnings, do some community walks and school visits.
Nutrition and wellbeing
We strive to provide nutritious and delicious meals and snacks to support physical and mental development. We encourage healthy eating habits and offer a balanced menu to keep your child well fueled throughout the day. The children also love being involved and we use the vegetables and herbs we grow, in our baking and meals.
Your child will enjoy:
- Morning snack
- Afternoon snack
Our centre is nut free and we're happy to cater for any allergy or other dietary requirements as required.
Fees and subsidies
We want to make your child's early learning and care experience as affordable as possible. We are a not for profit organisation, so everything we do goes back into supporting your child, the centre and our community.
Our fees include:
- Quality education, care and activities provided by our team of teachers
- Healthy lunch and snacks
- Local outings
We are now offering 30 hours no charge* (up to 6 hours per day)
Did you know you may eligible for fee and ECE subsidies?
Learning through play
Our team of teachers are guided by Te Whariki - NZ's Early Childhood Curriculum. They work closely with your child and respond to their unique curiosities by creating an environment that is reflective of each child's needs.
Connecting with whānau
Our whole community benefits from families and whānau being involved in our centre and their children's learning. Connecting with you via Storypark and celebrating festivals are just some of the ways we include families and whānau.
From growing their own veggies and herbs in our veggie patch to local excursions in the community, we constantly look for ways for your child to explore the connection between their community, their environment and themselves
Stay in touch with Storypark
We use Storypark to record and communicate learning as it happens via photos, video, audio and observations within a secure online environment. Parents and whānau can receive instant feedback and plan new ways to extend their child’s unique interests and abilities.
“It is convenient. The class room is diverse and allows kids to explore outside activities. Staff are friendly and willing to help all the time.”Odmaa Palmerston North
"My kids love it and all the other kids seem to as well."Kassi Palmerston North
"The staff are lovely and the place itself is great, my son loves it there."Jenna Palmerston North
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