I am an essential worker. Can my children attend in Level 3?
Yes, we have special dispensation to provide childcare to the children of essential workers under Level 3 restrictions.
What resources can I access online?
Our teachers are continuing to engage with the children and provide learning resources online via Storybook. You can also find videos and other resources on our Facebook page, Early Learning Centre – YMCA Christchurch.
Do I need to continue to pay fees?
There will be no fees charged for children staying at home during Level 3 closure, and no fees charged during Level 4 closure.
Our Nursery is licensed for 10 children under two years old, and our Preschool for up to 30 children. Our children are empowered to take risks, explore and develop their sense of belonging while making use of our spacious indoor and outdoor facilities.
To find out how you can join our YMCA family, contact us today and arrange a time to visit, or pop in if you are out and about.
We look forward to meeting you and your family and contributing to the magical memories that help shape your child into the superstar they are destined to become!
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Investing in the Next Generation
Caring, Respect, Responsibility and Honesty
Tamariki – Children
Whānaungatanga – Partnerships
Ahurea – Culture
Kaiako – Teachers
Finally, we are committed to building a foundation for a lifelong love of learning
Our weekly Mind Body Spirit programme is unique to the YMCA Early Learning Centre.
We are able to utilise all the facilities we have onsite at the YMCA Recreation Centre, which provide your children recreational opportunities not normally and routinely available at other Centres.
Every week we run gymnastics in our spacious stadium, play ripper rugby at the adjoining park, and have dance in our dance studio, all at no extra charge! Enquire with us about which days these programmes run on.
I have been working in early childhood since 2002, graduating from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood) in 2007. Since then I have held both team leader in the nursery, over two classes and Centre Manager roles.
I hold a sound, up-to-date knowledge of how children learn and develop. I trust and empower our teaching team to continually work together to develop meaningful partnerships with each other and you, our parents and whānau. I am committed to providing quality care and education in a fun and stimulating environment which promotes continuous improvement for children to succeed in a forever changing world.
Kia ora! I have been working in early childhood for 13 years and have worked with all ages. There is nothing that quite beats the feeling of supporting our tamariki as they discover the world around them. I enjoy supporting tamariki to learn and build knowledge by using play and their interests as a vessel for learning. I love to use open-ended, natural resources that allow tamariki to extend their imagination and creative skills. I grew up rurally so have a passion for ensuring that our tamariki get to explore and connect with nature as much as possible!
I have been teaching for nearly 14 years now, and have loved every moment. My favourite things to do with ngā tamariki/the children are to read books, dance and create awesome things with Lego. In my personal life, my favourite things to do are to sew myself something fabulous to wear, read books and go out on the water with my paddleboard.
When supporting your tamariki to grow and learn, I will be encouraging them to try their best at a variety of activities and experiences. I will get to know them each as individuals and recognise the uniqueness that each one possesses. I am very excited to get to know ngā tamariki and their whānau and I can’t wait for the exciting times ahead.
In 2006 I immigrated to Christchurch from Guangzhou, China. I have a NZ graduate diploma in teaching and learning in both primary and early childhood education, and I also have over 9 years of experience working with children under 3 years. I’m passionate about working with young children and regard it as a dream job! I value family cultures and values, and I see working in partnership with parents and whanau as vital to children’s learning and development. I believe that children learn by actively engaging in the learning environment and through responsive and reciprocal relationships and interactions. Therefore I endeavor to provide a welcoming, respectful, inviting and stimulating environment for our children to explore at their own pace. I live with my husband Jonny, and in my spare time I like playing badminton, walking, exploring new technology, and learning new concepts, ideas and languages.
I gained my graduate diploma in early childhood education here in New Zealand. I love photography, travel, snowboard, painting and all things that are full of challenges and new ideas. I like to see the smiles of tamariki and use photos to record every precious and unique moment in their lives. I respect everyone’s cultural background and beliefs, and encourage them to continue to actively explore this beautiful world and develop their interests. I believe that every child shines, and I enjoy providing all tamariki with suitable learning resources, and I pride myself in creating an inviting environment to support their growth.