Childcare options in Avonhead

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Avonhead - Christchurch

Kindercare Avonhead

Looking for safe, loving childcare in Avonhead??

You’ll find it at Kindercare Learning Centres - Avonhead, where every day begins and ends with loving care in a relaxed, welcoming environment. Our passionate, experienced team, led by our Centre Director, Terri de Geest, will gently guide your little one as they grow and learn through play, while making friends and celebrating the joy of being a child.

While providing your child with a strong sense of belonging in our fun-filled ‘home-away-from-home’, our team will partner with you to ensure your little one receives the best possible care and education for their individual needs. This includes an emphasis on building emotional skills, like resilience – essential for helping your child develop their full potential.

Why choose our centre?

Providing safe, loving care and learning since 2009, our ‘home-sweet-home’ is designed to care for your little one from infancy until they are ready for primary school. In our innovative indoor and outdoor spaces, we’ll nurture your child alongside other tamariki at a similar age and stage of development. Each environment is specially designed to provide the best possible care, learning, and social opportunities for your child’s unique needs. That’s why we are happy to offer enrolment options that include both full time, and part time care and learning.

Here, we believe we can support your child in reaching their full potential when they understand what makes them uniquely amazing. That’s why we’re proud to keep your child safe, loved and learning in a multicultural environment, where they’ll learn about and enjoy the experiences of other cultures. These include celebrations such as Christmas, Matariki, Chinese New Year and Korean New Year.

And that’s not the only benefit that lays a positive foundation for your child’s future. We also provide a leading Transition to School program, giving your child the skills they need for the smoothest possible transition to kura. This is furthered by our close proximity to three quality primary schools – Avonhead, Merrin and Russley. 

Licensed for

100 children

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Avonhead - Christchurch

Annabel's Educare - Avonhead

Through centre-based learning, we ensure your child's educational, relationship, and creative development. We focus on their strengths in the present so they can succeed in the future. We take pride in the educational preschool environment that we offer our children. It gives them limitless opportunities to develop into their full potential. 

At Annabel’s Educare in Avonhead, Christchurch, our preschool has been converted from a family home. This home-like kindergarten environment provides a warm and welcoming feel to all children and their whanau. With minimal fixtures, our preschool has options to be transformed into the educational and play spaces that will best encourage our children to thrive.  

One of our favourite features of our preschool is our outdoor verandas. Unlike other kindergartens in Christchurch that have to stay indoors during a rainy day, these verandas can be enclosed. That means we never have a reason not to be outside and can adapt to all weather conditions.

Licensed for

75 children

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Avonhead - Christchurch

Cuddles Early Learning Centre

We are the centre that stands out like no other – passionate and dedicated teachers who will support your child on their learning journey all while they develop social and emotional competence. we are the place you walk into and instantly feel happiness and comfort.

Children develop skills for independence and mindfulness through our intentional practices, which also support children holistically, as they make their way through the most important early years with us. 

Not only do we include ‘Te Whariki’ in our curriculum, but also ‘He Mapuna te Tamaiti’ which is based on four key concepts – promoting emotional competence; promoting social competence; promoting a supportive environment; and supporting learning and engagement.

We are Cuddles Early Learning - where mindfulness is nurtured.

Licensed for

50 children

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Avonhead - Christchurch

Portobelo Avonhead

We are conveniently located on a main road, with the adjacent nursery able to be accessed either by walking through our walkway, or from a separate street address.

The preschool opened in 2007 in a converted house on a large section, which has been extended and adapted to meet the particular requirements of our centre.

The outdoor area is a 'Kiwi backyard' - a large natural space, with grass, fruit trees, a grape vine, decking, several garden areas, a lazy river and mud kitchen, and plenty of space for exploration and physical activities. Every day the children use this space for swinging, digging, running, climbing a tree, playing ball games, lazing on the grass with books, riding their bikes and taking care of our edible garden. They learn about challenge and risk, problem-solving, working with others, perseverance, and responsibility for the environment, while making discoveries in this rich environment.

Care and thoughtful presentation of the indoor environment enables teachers to provide inviting areas that encourage children to engage in sustained creative play. We have a wide range of ever-changing resources that invite cooperation and joint work on projects of various natures and sizes. Children learn about respect, responsibility and community, while developing friendship skills, creativity, problem solving, and literacy and numeracy.
We love getting out and about in our local community, and there are local parks, a primary school, shops and a library for us to walk to regularly. We are also handy to the bus stop so we can explore further afield, with trips to the museum, art gallery, Botanic Gardens and so forth.

Please phone to arrange a visit to see how special Portobelo Avonhead Preschool is, and what we have to offer you and your child. We will be happy to show you around and discuss your child’s particular interests and strengths, and your wishes and hopes for their learning and care in our centre.

About Avonhead Nursery

Portobelo Avonhead Nursery opened in 2014 in a converted house, joined to our Preschool by a walkway. We are tucked away on a quiet residential street, with the play area at the back, away from the street. Here there are trees, grass and spaces to encourage children's curiosity and exploration of their natural environment at their own pace. Our babies and toddlers can also see into the older children’s playground, allowing for interaction with their siblings as a natural part of their day.

We believe that babies and toddlers thrive with individual time and attention, so we provide specialised teachers and a ‘primary’ or key teacher for every child to form a special attachment with. Each key teacher is responsible for meeting the needs of their own small group of children, including bottle feeding, sleep times and nappy changing. To ensure we can meet this high expectation, we work to ratios of 1 adult per 3 babies (under 12 months) and 1 adult per 4 toddlers (12 months and over).

We understand how special your child is to you, and key teachers work hard to ensure the settling-in process takes account of what’s important to you and your whanau. This includes adjusting our routines such as eating and sleeping to suit the needs of each individual child. Our indoor and outdoor environments are freshly set up several times each day to have lots of interesting and inviting play spaces with resources that encourage children to explore deeply, all with a natural feel.

When your child shows us they are ready to move on to the Preschool, your child’s key teacher will consult with you and put into place an individual transition plan to ensure your child has plenty of time to become familiar with the new environment and teachers. We take our lead from the child as to how best to pace this.

Licensed for

64 children

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Avonhead - Christchurch

Kidsfirst Kindergartens Hawthornden Road

Located in the heart of Avonhead Park, Kidsfirst Hawthornden is surrounded by stunning trees, expansive parkland, and vast grassy areas, proudly serving as the park's guardians. The kindergarten offers a well-resourced and child-centered environment for children aged 2-5 years. Inside, there are ample opportunities for children to engage in new experiences, foster curiosity, and unleash their creativity through play. The atmosphere is filled with joy, fostering a sense of independence and belonging among the children. The spacious backyard provides a haven for exploration and interaction with the natural world, with plenty of space for children to develop their physical skills. The outdoor area features green grass, barked areas, gardens, and specially designed equipment to support physical growth and development. The presence of large trees offers shelter in all weather conditions, and tranquil spaces are available for moments of calm and reflection.

Licensed for

40 children

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Avonhead - Christchurch

Kidsfirst Kindergartens Avonhead

Located next to the Staveley Reserve in the vibrant Avonhead community, Kidsfirst Kindergartens Avonhead offers a beautiful and spacious playground that catches the eye. Inside the gates, engaged children can be heard and seen, freely exploring, connecting with others, and learning through play. The kindergarten provides a calm yet bustling environment where children work alongside each other, making choices that foster engagement with their surroundings. The expansive backyard features green grass, gardens, and areas for physical challenges, including climbing trees and specially designed equipment. With a focus on child-centeredness, Kidsfirst Kindergartens Avonhead offers a well-resourced environment that encourages children aged 2 to 5 years to try new things, cultivate curiosity, and develop creativity through play. The program emphasizes exploration, inquiry, and sustainability, allowing children to learn about and care for the natural world through hands-on experiences that spark their curiosity.

Licensed for

40 children