Childcare options in Linwood

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Linwood - Christchurch

New Beginnings Pre-School

New Beginnings Preschool (Ngā Timatanga Hou) is a located in the suburb of Linwood in East Christchurch. The preschool is a community service governed by a Board of Trustees and caters for infants, toddlers and young children up to school age. The under two-year-old and over two-year-old groups each have their own indoor and outdoor areas

New Beginnings Preschool was established in 1983 to provide early childhood care and education for children of the Linwood community.  It has been previously known as the Linwood Community Creche Incorporated and Linwood Community Childcare Centre Incorporated. The current name was changed in 2002.   The preschool is licensed for 36 children (up to 6 under twos) with opening hours 8.45am to 3.15pm.

New Beginnings Preschool Mission

“Children in the community achieve success as learners”

New Beginnings Preschool Values

Relationships, Family, Respect, Community, Positive environment, Competent and confident learners, Well being

New Beginnings is a registered charity as well as being a non-profit community preschool. This means that we rely heavily on donations and grants so that we can put everything back into our whānau and community.

We use these donations in many ways. We provide our tamariki with full school uniforms and shoes when they start primary school and provide whānau with warm clothes and blankets during the winter months. We also bridge gaps to ease stressful times for whānau - providing food, counselling, and transport. We walk along side our whānau and support them to navigate social services.

Licensed for

36 children

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Linwood - Christchurch

Tiny Tots Preschool

Tiny Tots Nursery And Preschool is dedicated to helping your child or children reach their full potentials through specialised and individualised teaching and care.  

As a parent myself, I know only too well how important your child's welfare and learning is.  

For the highest quality care and education for your children, Tiny Tots Nursery and Preschool is a privately owned and family operated centre that ensures peace of mind through their commitment to your child's needs.  

Tiny Tots provides a safe and secure environment in which children can learn, create and grow to the best of their abilities.

Observing the children at play, the teachers communicate with both parents and the teaching team in order to develop an individual programme tailored to each child's unique needs. This helps the children to extend their learning and enhances their development while in an open learning environment.  

Tiny Tots is a small, homely centre with a real family feel and has a great open plan environment both indoors and out. Children are provided with high-quality equipment, resources and facilities to support each child's learning and development.   

Teachers encourage parents to spend time with their children in the centre, especially to help them settle in, which also helps parents to discover how the centre operates throughout the day.

Licensed for

50 children

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Linwood - Christchurch

Te Kōhanga Reo o Ōterepo

Te Kōhanga Reo

The kōhanga reo movement is a unique initiative based on total immersion in Māori language and values with the aim of passing on Māori culture to future generations.

Kōhanga reo emphasise the revitalisation of the culture through te reo Māori and are dependent on the active participation of the whole whānau. The kaupapa of kōhanga reo aims to strengthen whānau capabilities in cultural, social, economic, spiritual and political matters. Education, health and wellbeing are inherent within all aspects of the kaupapa. The prime focus is the whānau – its collective development, growth, accountability and wellbeing set within a Māori cultural context.

Kōhanga reo do not regard tamariki in isolation, but as important members of the whānau. The kōhanga reo philosophy is that tamariki will benefit when whānau successfully operate according to the kaupapa. Tamariki are an integral part of whānau development.

The following key goals are the foundation of te kōhanga reo kaupapa established in 1982:

  • total immersion in te reo Māori me ōna tikanga in daily operations
  • whānau decision-making, management and responsibility
  • accountability
  • health and wellbeing of mokopuna and whānau.

The key goals of te kōhanga reo assure that there will be:

  • security in te reo Māori
  • a supportive, caring environment for mokopuna
  • whānau (collective) sharing of responsibilities, knowledge and expertise
  • greater respect and appreciation of each other.

Licensed for

24 children

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Linwood - Christchurch

Kidsfirst Kindergartens Linwood

Located in a quiet street within a diverse and tightly-knit community, Kidsfirst Kindergartens Linwood offers a responsive and nurturing environment for children aged 2-5 years. With a rich history dating back to 1928, the kindergarten has deep roots in the local area, and many families have generations of children attending Kidsfirst Linwood. The indoor space provides a homelike atmosphere, where children can engage with carefully curated resources that encourage critical thinking and exploration. Learning is child-centered and occurs at each child's individual pace, fostering their mana, wairua, and mauri. Tamariki are encouraged to be mindful, appreciative of the world around them, and respectful of their learning environment. Engaging with both the kindergarten and the wider Linwood community, children, families, and teachers actively participate in diverse and enriching learning experiences. The expansive backyard offers ample opportunities for active exploration and personal challenges. From kicking balls and climbing on boxes to utilizing the purpose-built scooter track, children have space to play and develop their physical skills. Additionally, the presence of a large bird aviary provides valuable lessons in pet care and understanding natural life cycles.

Licensed for

40 children

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Linwood - Christchurch

Nōku Te Ao ki Te Pā

Noku Te Ao ‘The World Is Mine’ Noku Te Ao is an immersion early childhood centre. 

The centre was established in 2002 by members of Te Ahikaaroa who wanted their children to receive quality education delivered in te reo Maori. 

The centre is whanau driven. 

Learner outcomes guide what adults do in this attractively landscaped environment.

Licensed for

30 children

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Linwood - Christchurch

Kidsfirst Kindergartens Niu

At Kidsfirst Kindergartens Niu, the focus is on family, fun, friendship, and quality education for children aged 0-5 years. With a small group size and excellent child-to-teacher ratios, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers receive personalized attention. The dedicated teachers respect the interests and needs of each child and their family, understanding the unique ways of the youngest learners. Kidsfirst Niu is committed to preserving and promoting the Tongan language and culture as part of its identity, while also embracing and celebrating the diverse Pacific nations and cultures within the center's community. Enrolling at Kidsfirst Niu is open to all, regardless of their Tongan heritage.

Licensed for

50 children

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Linwood - Christchurch

Kimihia Early Learning Centre

The Kimihia Nursery and Preschool is based in Woolston, Christchurch where we offer education and care for children aged from 3 months to 5 years. At Kimihia children are warmly welcomed and valued as individuals. Children's health and physical well-being will be looked after alongside their learning and development.      

  • A safe, caring and nurturing environment
  • Three specialised areas for infants, toddlers and preschoolers
  • 20 Hours ECE.
  • Excellent outdoor activity areas designed for the children's age level
  • High quality teaching programme
  • Highly trained and registered teachers
  • Modern purpose-built learning environment
  • Quiet off-street location with plenty of parking
  • Close relations with social agencies, support services and local schools

Licensed for

50 children

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Linwood - Christchurch

Little Owls Preschool

We believe in offering children and families a quality experience in early learning. We recognise each whānau brings their own unique culture which adds to the richness of our learning community. Our curriculum reflects a bi-cultural commitment to upholding the partnerships outlined in Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and incorporates Te Whariki Early Childhood Curriculum.

The centre is based at St John of God Waipuna, a social services agency focused on supporting youth towards growth and development.

Licensed for

44 children

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Linwood - Christchurch

Linwood Playcentre

Nau mai, haere mai and welcome to Linwood Playcentre

Playcentre is unlike any other early childhood education organisation. At Playcentre, both children and their parents / caregivers attend.

At Playcentre children get the opportunity to learn and explore in a fun and safe environment.

The curiosity and creativity of our tamariki is nurtured in a way that allows them to learn about themselves and their world.

Your child will be given a chance to explore, create, climb, read, sing, experiment, play music, wear costumes, have their face painted (or do it themselves!), garden, do carpentry with real tools, bake and cook, build sandcastles, swing, slide, dance, spend time in nature and get messy.

The activities change every day. Playcentre parents all bring different skills, interests, and cultural backgrounds to add to the rich learning environment.

We welcome families with children aged 0 – 6 years. Mixed age play allows your children to engage with others older and younger than themselves. Pre-schoolers learn how to communicate, share and negotiate with empathy for their younger peers.

At Playcentre, families come together and lifelong friendships are formed.

We welcome you to visit any time during the year. You are entitled to three free visits so come and check out what we do – we would love to meet you and your family!

Licensed for

25 children

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Linwood - Christchurch

Haven ELC

Located just to the east of the four avenues, offering Early Childhood Education to children from ages 0-6.  

The preschool is set in a refurbished villa with individual rooms that offer a different focus for learning.  

Our library room is allocated for quiet, reflective play, puzzles and reading.  

In the whanau room children can role play and use their imaginations to explore real life scenarios.  

Our construction room allows uninterrupted space for creating, designing and building elaborate models using a variety of building resources.  

There is an art studio for budding artists and sculptors which encourages creativity, originality and self-expression.  

We also offer a separate sleeping space, and cafe for kai times.

Licensed for

51 children