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early learning SELWYN

and childcare

Children are like sponges. The more experiences they have the more they learn. The more they learn, the fuller they become. A child care facility can provide these experiences whether it be through messy play, art, reading, music or simply by providing experiences children might otherwise not get the opportunity to do. Teachers incorporate learning into fun activities that inspire and envigorate young minds. In this Selwyn Times’ Early Childcare feature we highlight those offering childcare options for parents. Our region is lucky enough to have wonderful childcare providers for newborn to 13 year olds. Read on to find out about the variety of providers, what they can offer your child and how they will provide the best care possible.



child restraints save lives

Free child restraint clinic on Saturday, 28 January in Rolleston!


efore buying or hiring a child restraint make sure the restraint is suitable for the age and size of your child. Always ensure it fits into your vehicle, as not all restraints fit all vehicles. If borrowing or buying second hand, always check the expiry date on the restraint. When installing any type of restraint always follow the manufacturers’ instructions. All restraints must fit firmly and not wobble. If you are not able to get it to fit correctly, contact a child restraint technician for advice. In Selwyn district we are very fortunate to have a small team of NZTA qualified

volunteer Child Restraint Technicians available to assist families with checking and installing child restraints. They are offering this free service in a child restraint clinic on Saturday, 28 January in Rolleston. Parents can call in between 10am and 12pm for advice, installation and anchor bolt fitting.

In regard to child restraints in vehicles, there are three different stages to progress through as your child grows. Stage 1

Rear facing infant seat.

Stage 2

Forward facing restraint.

Stage 3

Booster seat.


Classrooms are bright, cheerful and well resourced


xperiences where children are involved means they are fully engaged, creating memorable learning encounters.

aim to cultivate the child’s natural love of learning, inquisitiveness and whole personality.

Burnham Country Montessori is set in the countryside on more than two acres of land, just outside Rolleston and close to Burnham Military Camp and Lincoln. The wide open rural spaces provide children and staff with a unique environment where there are sights, sounds, smells and experiences exclusive to the countryside. The children are able to feed pigs, sheep and chickens, and enjoy country walks, learning about the world around them.

Burnham Country Montessori is a preschool with an open door policy. To see this marvellous preschool, call in or visit the website

The teachers are extremely proud of the large open, well-resourced playgrounds that have native plantings along with vegetable and flower gardens and large decked areas for children and their family/whanau to enjoy. Classrooms are bright, cheerful and well resourced, offering the children a structured environment that is focused on their educational, emotional and physical development. In accordance with the philosophy set by Montessori founder Maria Montessori that children develop independence and teach themselves, staff

Montessori & Early Childhood Preschool • We Offer a Friendly, Fun and supportive environment – only 5 minutes from Rolleston. • We believe that Tamariki thrive in a peaceful, structured and caring environment, full of fun and challenges. • We Offer focused, balanced curriculums that prepare Tamariki for the next step in their learning journey. • We value diversity within our Tamariki and their whānau and this is reflected in our whānau focused philosophy.

Free child restraint checks, installation and information Child Restraint Clinic with the Selwyn Car Seat Champions Saturday 28 January, 10am-12pm (postponed if wet) Rolleston Library and Service Centre car park Child restraint checks and anchor bolt fitting. Free refreshments and other fun activities. For more information contact Tammy on 347 8921, Ngaire on 347 2901, email or see ‘selwyn car seat champions’ on Facebook.

Proudly supported by

• We have 3 well resourced classrooms, caring for Tamariki from 6 weeks to 6 years of age. We are proud of our large, natural playgrounds that offer challenges for all ages.

Call in to visit us today, meet the teachers and have a look around our school




For enrolments please contact Jasmine or Kylie on 347-6161 Visit us at 643 Burnham School Road Download forms from




Selwyn is well catered for in early childhood care with P laycentres, kindergartens, preschools, after school programmes and home based childcare available.


ome centres follow the Te Whariki, New Zealand early childhood curriculum and others the Montessori or Reggio Emilia approach. All place emphasis on family and community. Te Whariki promotes learning partnerships between teachers, parents and families through a holistic curriculum that takes account of all aspects of a child’s world.

Review Office (ERO) so you can look at latest free reports on a provider by visiting It is often necessary to enrol your child long before care is actually required as often there are waiting lists at many providers. In order to ensure you get the care or centre you want, it is imperative to start the selection process early.

Montessori aims to build strong children who accept diversity, interact with others and their environment, show respect and take responsibility. The Reggio Emilia philosophy emphasises support, respect and an enriching environment. Children explore their own interests in a programme that includes art, drama, crafts and play to become independent learners. Once you make the decision of what type of care you prefer for your child, then you need to assess different providers who offer that particular type of care.You can research online and by visiting centres to see what they provide and witness how they operate on a daily basis. Remember that every early childcare provider is also assessed by the Education

Discover. Imagine. Connect. Quality Early Childhood Education and Care ensures that your child has the best possible start to their educational journey. Here at Ako Rolleston we pride ourselves on our boutique setting; offering a home like environment, low numbers and a high ratio of qualified staff members. We cater for tamariki from three months to six years, offering three specifically designed areas for our infants, toddlers, and young children. Our philosophy is underlined by the importance of respectful care; we see your child as a unique individual, not just one among a number. Our Key teacher system ensures that your child will get the individualised care that they require and the opportunity to build strong, trusting relationships with the teachers in their space. We have a strong focus on sustainability and the environment with the caring of our vegetable gardens, chickens, worm farm, budgies and other visiting animals playing a prominent role in our daily curriculum. For more information, please visit our website, give us a call, or stop in for a visit. We would love to hear from you. Address: 4 John Street, Rolleston

Phone: 03 3474480



Centre takes new direction We are proud to introduce Giggles and Scribbles, our newly rebranded early childhood centre previously known as Lincoln Montessori. While we farewell the Montessori philosophy, we are very excited to share with you the new direction of our centre and how our new philosophy has developed. Here’s our story..... Having the benefit, and hopefully the wisdom of experience that comes with previously operating 3 early childhood centres, we have been able to sit back and reflect on what we believe makes an exceptional early childhood centre. Drawing from what we believe are the best bits of many different learning philosophies we have developed our very own teaching philosophy! Here at Giggles and Scribbles we believe our job is not just to prepare children intellectually for school but also, and perhaps more importantly, to develop them emotionally and socially. We aim to work alongside families to help develop and instil solid moral values that will prepare children be kind, thoughtful and decent human beings. Our philosophy focuses on providing children with the skills and tools to play with and alongside other children; to be able to make friends and retain them, valuing the enrichment of friendships. We believe in the value of teaching children to be kind, empathic and to have the ability to self-regulate their emotions. We focus on grace and courtesy, role modelling, respect and good manners. We have found that providing boundaries and setting clear expectations help children to feel safe and secure. We weave values such as loyalty, perseverance, independence and inclusiveness into our curriculum, believing them to be as equally important as providing a varied, stimulating and well prepared learning environment. While great emphasis is placed on these grace and courtesy

lessons, we still have the tools in place for children to learn important preparation for school skills such as learning the alphabet or solving basic math problems. At Giggles and Scribbles these skills are masterly woven holistically into a fun, and interactive programme. We also facilitate a highly acclaimed Transition To School programme for children over 4 years of age. This programme is run in house by primary trained teachers. Good communication is critical for collaborative relationships between home and the centre. Individual learning goals are set regularly for every child in partnership with parents. Monthly learning stories are provided alongside comprehensive reports which will provide parents with a precise understanding of where their child is at on their learning journey. It could be that they are developing the ability to take turns, build friendships or it could be that they are focusing on identifying letters in the alphabet. We need critical thinkers. Children who can think outside of the box. They are our future entrepreneurs! At Giggles and Scribbles we believe it’s important to provide a balance of equipment and resources that challenge the thought process of children. Some of our equipment and resources have a specific and intentional outcome. Children gain a sense of achievement and accomplishment from completing the activity, progressing their learning forward. It’s equally important to provide children with open ended resources to enable constructive play opportunities. Give a child a box and watch them make a rocket ship! Children need to be children! We believe in having fun, getting dirty and exploring with every element of their senses. We know that by the time they leave Giggles and Scribbles they are emotionally sound, respectful, polite and have an enquiring mind that loves to learn. We believe this allows them to be well prepared with skills and equipped for their next learning journey at primary school.

• Privately owned & operated • Architecturally designed purpose built building • 20 hours ECE for all children 3+ • Transition to School Programme for 4 & 5 year olds • Primary caregiving by ECE trained teachers

Enrol now for 2017 Open from 7.30am to 5.30pm daily 584 Birchs Road, Barton Fields | P 03 325 3350 E: | W:





new nursery is opening at Active Learners Leeston. Infants and toddlers will have their own primary caregiver, with family and home routines emphasised in a calm nurturing environment.

Active Learners is committed to quality care and are inspired by a Reggio Emilia philosophy. Their large classroom spaces change daily allowing children to explore through their interests, by offering open ended experiences, natural materials, dance, play and art to stimulate imaginations.

Quality care and education from 3 months to 6 years • 20 Free ECE hours for all three to six year olds • An experienced, committed team with a strong knowledge of Te Whariki, the Early Childhood Curriculum • Our programme is influenced by a Reggio Amelia approach • An extensive outdoor environment with space to ride bikes and explore nature.

• Our new nursery is due for completion in early 2017. In designing our nursery, we have given careful consideration to features that will encourage children’s social, creative, physical, and emotional development. • Taking Enrolments now • New extended opening hours, Monday to Friday 7.00am-6.00pm.

Visit us at 20 Leeston Lake Road, Leeston Enquiries to Janene (Neeny) Prendergast 03 324 4115 • Visit our website


Local childcare you can trust Qualified teachers who know how to extend your child Well-resourced, age specific environments Centres set up to encourage exploration and discovery High quality, tailored education programmes

EduKids Faringdon 53 Chandler Way, Ph: 550 2076


duKids Faringdon is a beautiful new education and care centre catering for children aged from three months to five years, with the latest education and play resources to support all ages and developmental levels.

ABC Rolleston 14 Cezanne Grove, Ph: 347 9850

Our foundation philosophy is to create a fun learning environment where children and families feel welcome and secure. We have a natural feel to our outdoor environment which offers lots of areas for children to explore and develop at their own pace.

Spaces are now available for under 2’s! • Whippersnappers is privately owned and operated. • Offers 20 hours ECE for over 3’s and WINZ subsidies. • Separate large outdoor play areas for infant/toddlers and preschool ages. • Infant sleep room with full sized cots as well as a separate toddler sleep room.

• Individualised learning programmes for all children. • Highly acclaimed Transition To School Programme for children over 4 years of age, taught by a Primary Qualified Teacher. • Primary caregiving by Qualified Early Childhood Teachers.

urs a day of free childcare 3 to 6 year olds are eligible to 6 ho ek absolutely free! with a maximum of 20 hours a we

Download an enrolment form today 53 Edward Street, Lincoln • • Ph 325 2677




Annies Nannies – Home based (in your home or the educator’s home) Phone 366 8628 Busy Bumbles – Before & afterschool care programmes Phone 347 3031 CASPA & Papa Jacks – Holiday & afterschool programmes Phone 349 9260

Dunsandel Playcentre Phone 027 486 3169

Rollykids Early Learning Centre, Rolleston Phone 347 3511

Hororata Playcentre Phone 027 407 8969

Burnham Country Montessori Preschool Phone 347 6161 Burnham Nursery & Pre-School Phone 347 6874 Kidsfirst Kindergarten Phone 347 6707


Annabel’s Educare Phone 318 7943

Whippersnappers Early Learning Centre Phone 325 2677

Darfield Playcentre Phone 027 627 8993

Monkeys & Munchkins Preschool and Nursery,Tai Tapu Phone 329 6507


Melodies Preschool Phone 325 2227

Darfield Preschool & Nursery Phone 318 8836


Selwyn Kids – Home based childcare Phone 347 9089

Lincoln University Early Childhood Centre Phone 325 2870

Annabel’s Private Kindergarten Phone 318 7942

Evolve Educare Group First Learners Rolleston Phone 347 4400

PORSE – In home childcare & educator training Phone 0800 023 456

Lincoln Playcentre Phone 325 6158

Annabel’s 3 yr old Kindergarten Phone 318 7948 Annabel’s 4 yr old Kindergarten Phone 318 8843


Prebbleton Childcare Nursery Phone 349 9970

Dunsandel Childcare & Pre-School Phone 325 4543

Prebbleton Childcare Preschool Phone 349 9980 Prebbleton Childcare Kindergarten Phone 349 9950


Prebbleton Playcentre Phone 027 538 7752



Children First Pre-school Centre Phone 324 3396

ABC Rolleston Early Learning Centre Phone 347 9850

Leeston Playcentre Phone 324 4161 Active Learners Early Childhood Centre Phone 324 4115


Giggles & Scribbles (previously Lincoln Montessori) Phone 325 3350 Kidsfirst Kindergarten Phone 325 2700 Lincoln Village Preschool & Nursery Phone 325 7356 Lincoln Childcare & Preschool Phone 325 2287

AKO Rolleston Phone 347 4480 Blossoms Educare Rolleston Phone 0800 256 767 Bright Beginnings Montessori Pre-School Phone 347 4474 Edukids Farringdon Phone 550 2076 Paradise for Little Angels Phone 347 2054

Evolve Educare Group First Learners Rolleston Phone 347 4400 Rollykids Early Learning Centre Rolleston Phone 347 3511 Selwyn Kids - Kindergarten Phone 347 9089 The Cats Pyjamas Preschool & Nursery Phone 347 9561


Southbridge Playcentre Phone 324 2713


Evolve Educare Group Monkeys & Munchkins Preschool and Nursery Phone 329 6507 Tai Tapu Playcentre Phone 329 6210


Templeton Nursery & Preschool Phone 344 1220


The Cats Pyjamas Preschool & Nursery Phone 741 1785 West Melton Nursery, Kindergarten & Learning Centre Phone 347 4132 West Melton Playcentre Phone 027 265 2702

Rolleston Playcentre Phone 022 385 4347

Where music and movement come to play. At Melodies Preschool your child will enjoy a wonderful balance of free play and activity times such as music and dance, story time and mat times. During free play our high teacher to child ratio allows your child to be well supported to extend on their interests and take them as far as they wish to go, developing language and imagination, problem solving and an inquisitive mind along the way. Each day your child will have the opportunity to join in music, dance

and drama. Specialist music teachers use the Carl Orff Approach to inspire their music and dance sessions which allows the child to be the musician. Melodies Preschool is an affiliated preschool with Gill Connells Smart Steps programme and your child will have the opportunity to explore and challenge themselves throughout the day with lots of Moving to Learn, gym activities based on their stage of development. The Smart Steps programme goes hand in hand

with our wonderful readiness for school programme. There is endless fun, exploration and imagination at Melodies in a calm nurturing atmosphere. Our passionate dedicated staff will allow your child to become an amazing little learner. So call us to arrange a visit. We take children from 2- 5 years. Phone 03 325 2227 Email enquiries to info@ Visit our website

‘the best little preschool in lincoln’ A small boutique Preschool that has plenty of space for children to discover and learn. • For boys and girls aged 2-5. • Incorporates all curriculum areas including • 4 year old readiness for school programme. specialist music, dance, drama, gym and • Fantastic, passionate, qualified staff. art sessions.

27 West belt road, lincoln, christchurch Phone 03 325 2227 Email Web

Where learning for life begins


incoln Village Preschool & Nursery in the heart of Lincoln is a place where learning for life begins. There is a welcoming environment that provides learning experiences and resources that encourage children to reach their full potential in a safe and nurturing environment.

Four learning environments provide for each age and stage of development with a challenging outside area where children can explore and develop their gross motor skills while their highly-regarded Nursery offers two areas, enabling them to offer the youngest babies a separate calm and nurturing environment.

The team of qualified and experienced teachers are committed to providing quality care and learning that is appropriate to the age, abilities and unique needs of each individual child.

They also offer a unique Leaping Frogs Room where older children go to enjoy extra learning experiences and activities that help prepare them for the move to primary school.

The central location offers opportunities for children to enjoy regular excursions visiting the library, fire station and parks so they can experience their community and build an understanding of the world they are growing up in. The centre is situated at 8 Robert St. It is open: 7.30am-5.30pm, five days a week with morning and afternoon tea provided for the children. To find out more: phone 325 7356, email:, visit, or the centre’s Facebook page.

Four exceptional learning environments. Nursery (0-2) year olds includes Over 2 outdoor area offering • 2 large indoor play areas with kitchen, sleep challenges and experiences to room and bathroom. develop gross motor skills • A spacious outside area 2-3 year olds • Own room to develop growing independence through play and age appropriate activities.

3-5 year olds • Large learning area offering free play, teacher directed learning experiences and activities that build on their interests and skills.

• Tunnel • Climbing wall • Rope wall • Balance beam • Vegetable garden – to grow then eat the food We offer Ministry funded free 20 hours ECE for children aged 3 years and over.

The Leaping Frogs Room • A separate room where older children go for extension learning experiences in preparation for primary school

8 Robert St, Lincoln | Phone: 325 7356 Email: Website:

Fun and educational care out of school

Working parents may worry about how their children will be cared for out of school hours.

further develop a child’s skills and confidence while encouraging them to challenge themselves.

CASPA after school and holiday care will put your mind at ease, knowing your child is looked after in an invigorating, fun and educational programme.

Children are cared for in a safe, friendly environment by an experienced trained team who are highly motivated and professional.

Five to thirteen year olds love CASPA which focuses on developing interests, skills, hobbies and activities including art, crafts, music, sport and drama. “We’ve even developed a city-based youth holiday programme for children aged 11 to 14 years so they can participate in age appropriate activities during the holidays,” advises Tania Moriarty of CASPA. These new experiences

CASPA is Child, Youth and Family approved for the Out of School Care and Recreation (OSCAR) subsidy. Talk to Work and Income to find out if you are eligible. For more information and a list of CASPA locations, check or phone 03 349 9260.


e m m a r g o r p y a d li o h & After school

N IO T U L O S E R A C D IL H C Y L D YOUR FRIEN creative after school Programmed activities

• We provide a safe, creative environment for 5-13 year olds • Our staff are trained • A range of fun activities • 7.15-8.30am and 3-6pm Mon-Fri • 8am-6pm Holidays ies d i s b u S • Kids just LOVE it!


call us noW

P: 349 9260 or 027 352 1638 E: W:






or those wanting home-based care, Kiwi family owned – Home Grown Kids, has been supporting families in Christchurch for over 19 years. Their experienced, trained educators provide safe, nurturing and caring learning environments with flexible options.

peaceful home environment with a very caring Home Grown Kids educator,” says S Stocker. “My daughter had reflux so it was reassuring to know she was receiving one on one attention. I was kept up to date on her day with her thriving in home base care.”

“I returned to part-time work when my daughter was 6 months; placing her in a

Empowering children with a holistic approach Providing an environment where children are encouraged to develop self-confidence, a sense of self-worth and are affirmed as capable learners, is the key for learning at Paradise for Little Angels in Rolleston.

“We acknowledge and respect all families’ cultures, needs and aspirations – working in partnership and collaboration. All learners are seen as competent, respected and as making a valued contribution to our community.”

Owners Marianna and Michael Inch ensure that children within their centre are empowered to learn in a supportive and challenging environment. All learners and their learning are seen as competent and respected, making a valued contribution to our community.

Since 2016, Paradise for Little Angels has adopted a Reggio Emilia approach to their learning and their tamariki have loved exploring projects of their own interests. The centre also works closely with local schools who share their passion for this learning philosophy.

“It’s all about quality care and education, where children are free to run, have fun, burn energy and just be kids,” says Marianna who adds that outdoor play is important to a child’s development and Paradise for Little Angels provides for this with its 1500 square metre natural playground.

If you want your child to explore nature at its best, experiencing trees and wild gardens, water slides, bob sledging down hills, toasting marshmallows over a fire pit, and have your 4 year old experience a sleepover at preschool, feel free to have a look at Paradise for Little Angels.

Open 7.30am-5.30pm

Enrolling now for 2017

Offering space & freedom for children to play with a large natural setting playground. Come along meet the teachers, view the preschool, nursery and playground.


“A child’s development is like the opening of a flower bud”

• Primary Caregiving 0-6 years • 20 Hours ECE Winz Subsidy • Experienced qualified staff • Low teacher/child ratio | 41 Marlowe Place, Rolleston | Phone 347 2054





urnham Nursery & Preschool is a community not-for-profit centre, offering quality care for families in the Selwyn district.


Their experienced, qualified teachers work collaboratively with parents, providing educational experiences that achieve the best outcomes for each child. Both pre-school and nursery rooms are well-resourced with large outdoor areas. Children are given healthy nutritious lunches and snacks made on site each day.

‘We believe in educating with care’

We’re a community based, not-for-profit centre offering • Friendly, motivated and caring staff • Excellent staff/child ratios • Separate building for the Preschool and Nursery with their own wonderful outdoor play areas • Healthy nutritional meals prepared and cooked on site daily Open : Monday to Friday 7.30am-5.30pm

Burnham Nursery & Preschool is located on Freyberg Road behind the Challenge service station in the Burnham shopping centre; open: 7.30am-5.30pm.

3 Nursery Lane, Burnham • Ph 347 6874 Website: - Email :


Lincoln University Early Childhood Centre Open Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm • Small group sizes with quality ratios and qualified passionate and enthusiastic teachers. • Rich and meaningful experiences in a nurturing environment. • Warm, friendly nursery, guided by the principles of RIE and Pikler. • Exciting, challenging preschool offering enquiry based learning. • Well resourced and interesting, open natural environment that supports environmental education. Participants of both Enviroschools and Lincoln Envirotown Trust. • Catering for the children of Lincoln University staff, students, local businesses and community since 1994. • Located in The Crescent, off Springs Road in Lincoln. For further informatin or to arrange a visit please contact Marilyn at or phone 325 2870

Experiencing exciting food from all around the globe!


hildren at Lincoln University Early Childhood Centre experienced cultural diversity when they had a master chef kitchen with parents and expert chefs helping the children prepare nutritious food using produce from their own garden. The children chose their own judges who taste tested and scored the food. The children then used maths to count the scores and literacy to write their own recipes. They experienced food they had not eaten before including: gnocchi from Italy, dumpling cabbage from Vietnam, and Murukku from Sri Lanka with flags representing the different cultures.

Exciting preparation for life

Montessori Pre School Bright Beginnings Montessori Preschool and Nursery Centre lives up to its name, as the children who attend receive a balanced, imaginative and exciting preparation for life at primary school. The Centre’s philosophy is entirely family-focused, existing to support children and their families – and this is perhaps its biggest strength. The aim is to provide a well-resourced and structured environment which is designed to bring out each child’s potential, and to bring them to higher possibilities intellectually, morally and culturally. Teachers assist to develop each child’s independence, concentration, gross and fine motor skills, coordination, self esteem, social skills and awareness, intelligence, language skills, self-discipline, control and order. They also propose to help develop each child’s whole personality and to cultivate the child’s natural love of learning and their inquisitiveness. The centre values literacy and numeracy highly, and children aged from four years are fully transitioned into school-ready routines, structures and expectations. Montessori schools are worldwide and renowned for a

learning philosophy that recognises a child’s different needs, interests and abilities, and adheres to Maria Montessori in “an education that prepares for life.” There is very much a team approach at the centre with teachers able to focus on their prime role in an environment that encourages the best skills they can produce. They also believe that children thrive in a settled and structured environment and parents are often attracted by the atmosphere of calm cooperation. The huge 3800sqm playground is set up so that while there are plenty of activities in place, there is room for free play and opportunities for discovery. One spot has been designated a ‘discovery corner’ – left in its natural state, and much loved by the children. The idea is to have an outside area that has something for everyone, where children can create, share, learn to work and play together as well as grow in all sorts of ways. The centre is well staffed and functions like a big family. If you would like to find out more about Bright Beginnings please call in to 183 Brookside Rd, Rolleston.

We wish you all a very Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you all in 2017! We cater for children from birth to 6 years. Teacher Ratios: • Over 2s: 1 for 5 preschool • Fantastic rural outlook

• Under 2s: 1 for 4 nursery • 27 car parks

For all enquiries and enrolments Contact Sarah/Alison on 347-4474 or email:

Montessori Pre School

183 Brookside Rd, Rolleston





great way to keep children occupied and interested is to get them to help out in the kitchen. This may be a worst nightmare for some parents, but if you select the right recipe for your child to help with this can be a fulfilling and exciting experience. A great one to start with is home made pizza.You can prepare all your ingredients ahead of time or get your child to help with preparation – they could grate the cheese, cut the tomato or peppers, or even slice the salami. It is also a great way to get children to try foods they wouldn’t normally like.


Pineapple, spaghetti, onions, capsicum, courgettes, tomatoes, left-over roasted vegetables and or meat are all delicious toppings. Pre-made bases make the job easier but if you really want to impress your little one, using yeast to make the base can be an interesting discussion topic incorporating a bit of science. Another great idea is a cake in a cup. An easy way to make a delicious sweet treat really quickly while hopefully not creating all the mess that baking normally brings. Here is a recipe from developed by Jennifer Cheung that we think is worth giving a go.


incoln University Childcare and Preschool is situated on Ellesmere Junction Road (just down from the University), catering for the children of Lincoln University’s staff, students and research groups as well as children from the local community aged 0-5 years. This centre has a warm, caring and nurturing environment where family/whanau involvement is valued and a large and popular outdoor area. Lincoln University Childcare and Preschool currently has spaces available in its nursery and limited spaces in its preschool.

For more information, contact Sarah at:, phone 3252287 or check:

recipe Ingredients

* 4 tbsp self-raising flour * 2 tbsp sugar * 2 tbsp cocoa * 1 egg

3 minute cake in a mug

* 3 tbsp milk * 3 tbsp vegetable oil * 1/2 tsp vanilla essence * 1 tbsp chocolate chips

Method In a large mug, place all the dry ingredients and mix well with a spoon. Use the 1 spoon to grind all of the cocoa against the side of the cup so there are no lumps. 2 Add the egg and beat it a little on top of the dry ingredients to break the yolk. 3 4 5

Add the oil, milk and vanilla and mix until well combined. Stir the chocolate chips in and put into the microwave on high for 3 minutes. Serve with a nice big scoop of ice-cream.

Lincoln University Childcare & Preschool New Zealand’s specialist land-based university.

Lincoln University Childcare and Preschool is situated on Ellesmere Junction Road (just down from the University). We offer a warm, caring and nurturing environment for children aged 0-5 years. We have a very large popular outdoor area. We value family/whānau involvement. The centre is very environmentally conscious and we are a part of the Lincoln Envirotown Responsible Business Award. Our staff are qualified and offer an educational and development based programme. We have good teacher to child ratios. We offer 20hours ECE for 3&4 year olds. We cater for children of Lincoln University staff and students, research groups as well as the local community.

For more information please contact Sarah at or phone 3252287.


PRESCHOOL & NURSERY GROWS TO MEET DEMAND The Cat’s Pyjamas Preschool & Nursery in West Melton has a new state of the art building, with the addition of another teaching room for 3-5 year olds, incorporating the latest safety standards and technology available.

“The Cat’s Pyjamas is a truly magical place of learning, where care is first and foremost, followed by learning that is calm and unhurried yet filled with discovery, imagination and fun,” says Tracy who with husband Gavin, own and operate the successful Cat’s Pyjamas Preschool & Nursery centres in West Melton and Rolleston. “Both centres are warm and welcoming with fully qualified teachers who care for and assist the children in their development to become independent, capable and confident learners.”

The Cat’s Pyjamas Preschool & Nursery centres are open: 7.30am-6.00pm, weekdays. To learn more, contact Rolleston on 347 9561, West Melton on 741 1785, or check their website:

West Melton Iris Taylor Avenue In Preston Downs, Phone: 03 741 1785 Rolleston Beaumont Drive Phone: 03 347 9561




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urnham Nursery & Preschool is a community not-for-profit centre, offering quality care for families in the Selwyn district.

TheirAexperienced, teachers work opens in Rolleston in February. • new earlyqualified childhood facility collaboratively with parents, providing

educational experiences achieve best West Rolleston Primary School, Blossoms Educare has • Situated acrossthat the roadthe from outcomes for each pre-school and with twenty under two year olds. capacity forchild. 130Both pre-schoolers, nursery rooms are well-resourced with large outdoor areas. Children are given healthy • Blossoms Educare aims to provide high quality flexible childcare nutritious lunches and snacks made on site and community while delivering exciting learning opportunities. each day.

that focuses on the family

Our Vision

“Mana of the child and everyone involved in their Care and Education is our • This new centre is the South Island flagship for Blossoms Educare. core focus, where they have Burnham Nursery & Preschool is located on unr eserved and unconditional Freyberg Roadexcited behind theabout Challenge service • “We’re this new venture. Our teaching practices are all designed to support the station in the Burnham shopping centre; open: access to Early Childhood children in our care so they blossom into confident learners,” says Baljit Grewal, Director of 7.30am-5.30pm. Education and Care, in Blossoms Educare. par tnership with parents, EXPERIENCING DIFFERENT • Blossoms Educare follows the Te Whariki (the New Zealand early childhood curriculum) whanau and community”. CULTURES AND THEIR FOOD with a philosophy, vision and goals that promote the local community and Canterbury spirit

while nurturing local leaders among their staff.

Experiencing exciting food from all around the globe!

• Blossoms Educare is located at 325 Dunns Crossing Road at the Stonebrook end of Rolleston.


hildren at Lincoln University Early Childhood Centre experienced cultural diversity when they had a master chef kitchen with parents and expert chefs helping the children prepare nutritious food using produce from their own garden. The children chose their own judges who taste tested and scored the food. The children then used maths to count the scores and literacy to write their own recipes. They experienced food they had not eaten before including: gnocchi from Italy, dumpling cabbage from Vietnam, and Murukku from Sri Lanka with flags representing the different cultures.

Blossoms Educare Limited

proudly announces our new Blossoms Canterbury - Early Childhood Care and Education Centre in Rolleston (opposite West Rolleston School) We plan to open in February 2017 and are currently taking enrolments Capacity – 130 children* including 20 under 2 year olds 20 Hours Free ECE sessions available

325 Dunns Crossing Rd, Rolleston (Cnr Burnham Road) DDI: 0800 256 767 | E: |

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