Childcare options in Ilam

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Ilam - Christchurch

Kindercare Riccarton

Looking for safe, loving childcare in Riccarton?

Kindercare in Riccarton is just the place. Here, we’re all about starting and ending every day with nurturing care in a safe, loving environment. Led by our passionate Centre Director, Jeannie Steer, our experienced team will gently support your child and family from the start. We’re here for you - offering both full time and part time enrolment options.

Our childcare centre was once a beautiful family home and that’s exactly how it will feel to you and your child. Licenced for just 50 tamariki, our small, intimate environment ensures your little one will receive warm, attentive care and fun-filled learning within our culturally diverse setting. 

We look forward to being there for you and your precious child, throughout their time at Kindercare.

Why choose our centre?

Since 2004, our culturally diverse, cosy centre in Clyde Road has been providing safe, loving care and learning for children from infancy until they are ready for primary school. Your child will be cared for with tamariki of a similar age and stage of development, in fun-filled play and learning areas – both indoors and out. Each space is intentionally planned to provide individualised care, learning and social opportunities for your child.

We’ll embrace the heritage of your family, and actively build a supportive, communicative relationship with you. It’s our way of providing care and education that meets your child’s unique needs. And when it’s time for your child to take the next step on to school, we’re conveniently located near both St Theresa’s School and Fendalton Primary School.

Licensed for

50 children

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Ilam - Christchurch

Early Childhood Learning Centre

Welcome to Te Whare Kohungahunga o UC | Early Childhood Learning Centre (ECLC), the University of Canterbury’s childcare and early learning centre. We accommodate children from zero to six years old and accept enrolments from students, staff and members of the wider community.  

We are uniquely placed at the heart of the UC campus and are conveniently located for you to see your child at any time during the day. The campus environment allows our children to explore their surroundings in a safe and calm way. Often you will see groups of excited children walking through places like the Ilam Gardens and surrounding fields as well as visiting departments such as Zoology and Geology, the libraries and the University Bookshop.

Licensed for

64 children

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Ilam - Christchurch

Ilam Early Learning Centre

The UCSA's Ilam Early Learning Centre provides high-quality early childhood education that puts your child first. We care for the children of UC students, enabling parents to attend their own lectures, tutorials and employment. Where places are available, we also cater to the children of staff and the community.   

Our philosophy

The child is the seed, the origin of all things / Ko te tamaiti te kākano, te pūtake o ngā mea katoa

  • We believe every child is important and deserves a quality early childhood education.
  • Our qualified, friendly teachers build great relationships with each child and their family, supporting them to grow as confident, successful, lifelong learners.
  • We pride ourselves on high-quality teacher/child ratios that you will not find in many other centres.
  • We provide a fun, safe and nurturing environment that supports children in their learning.
  • We have a large outdoor environment, and value the importance of play and physical challenges.
  • Our passionate, knowledgeable teachers use effective teaching strategies to encourage children to learn through their own individual strengths and interests.
  • We value the diverse range of cultures that contribute to making our centre a dynamic learning environment.

Licensed for

65 children

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Ilam - Christchurch

Whales Tales Montessori Preschool - Ilam

Whales Tales Montessori Preschool  is a childcare centre in Christchurch. 

The centre is licensed for 18 children.

Licensed for

18 children

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Ilam - Christchurch

Montana Early Learning Centre

Montana Early Learning Centre specialises in the respectful care and education of tamariki/children from birth to five years and is licensed for 35 tamariki. The centre is divided into three developmentally appropriate indoor and outdoor areas, which meet the needs of our children and their continual learning.  

Montana’s strong culture of aroha/love and respect is based on our committed team of teachers who value the warm, communicative relationships they have with each other, the children and their parents and whanau. We appreciate the unique bicultural heritage of Aotearoa and also the richness and diversity of our multi-cultural community. As part of the University we have access to the beautiful grounds and gardens, and we often go on expeditions around campus.


The nursery is designed for infants aged up to two years old, with a maximum of 8 pēpi/babies at any one time with two teachers. The teachers' practice is inspired by the RIE and Pikler approaches to early learning, and based on secure attachment, responsive caregiving and freedom of movement and play in an inviting and engaging environment.

Toddler area

Our large toddler area caters for busy toddlers aged from 18 months till around four years. Our qualified teachers continue with the same approach as the nursery, with key teachers supporting the holistic learning and development of each individual child. Tamariki are free to choose from a wide variety of play activities which support their physical, social, and cognitive development.

Pre-school area

Our pre-school area aims to provide a learning environment that is interactive, engaging and relevant to the children’s interests. This helps promote cognitive, social and emotional growth through both teacher-directed play and child-lead play. As this is a specialised area, one of the key focuses is to support our children as best we can for their transition to school. There is a strong focus on developing the fundamental social and co-operative skills that will create a solid foundation for their future learning and relationship building. We also aim to introduce some of the concepts learnt in their first year of primary school, however our main priority is to allow children to problem solve through their play and for children to take charge of their own learning.

Licensed for

35 children

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Ilam - Christchurch

Kidsfirst Kindergartens Ilam

Located in the heart of Ilam, the newly-renovated kindergarten of Kidsfirst Ryeland Reserve offers a serene environment surrounded by trees. Inside, children aged 2-5 years have access to various play areas that promote exploration and collaboration. The kindergarten provides a diverse range of resources and equipment, including spaces for quiet, creative, and imaginative play, allowing children to learn at their own pace. Outside, the spacious backyard features green grass, gardens, and specially designed equipment to support physical development. Children have the opportunity to engage with real tools such as saws, hammers, and gardening equipment, fostering their understanding of risk management and safe decision-making.

Licensed for

40 children