ABC Blenheim Central

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ABC Blenheim Central is located in two beautiful converted villas. Our centre has a very home-like feeling, helping children and families feel welcome and comfortable.

Unique learning spaces - Each villa has areas where children can work with a group of friends or explore on their own, resources are accessible to children on open shelving enabling them to investigate and develop skills using their unique individual learning styles. Both villas provide an environment and curriculum that meets the needs of the children attending and teachers are passionate and knowledgeable about the age group they work alongside. Although we have two separate classrooms we are one cohesive community, we value and respect cultural differences and similarities ensuring we incorporate the needs of each child and family in a way which supports self-esteem and a sense of belonging.

Tahi Villa - This environment is safe, warm and stimulating for our infants and toddlers.  Children have space to explore, climb, run or have a quiet moment, learning in their own time developing confidence as they go. The daily routine of each child is nurtured and supported to enable continuity from home to preschool – we work around the child’s needs and your aspirations, no rushing or pressure.

Rua Villa - This environment encourages our preschool children to development of self-help skills, opportunities to create their own spaces and contribute to daily activities.  We have a connecting gate between our two villas which we open throughout the day to allow children to move between villas making tuakana/teina a very strong practice (relationships and learning between older and younger children). The outdoor area in our Preschool is changed regularly supporting children as they develop their imaginations and confidence to push themselves to their next goal. There is plenty of outdoor space to climb, run, explore, grow vegetables and fruit, with sun safe shades and sheltered areas to ensure the outdoor experience is a great one. 

Preparation for school - Our Be School Ready is unique to BestStart centres. We provide a calm and focused centre environment for our children to focus on investigation and exploration which develops their curiosity and helps support a love of learning. We also go on regular excursions in the community – visiting the library, theatre, dancing class, local shops, art gallery, school visits or to the park for a picnic tea. These experiences help children to build confidence and knowledge, all designed to support your child to be prepared for school when the time comes

Healthy meals - Children have healthy meals and snacks made fresh every day by our Cook, we work closely with the NZ Heart Foundation to ensure meals provide everything children need to meet their cultural, developmental, allergy and parental preferences.

kind words from our parents

Parent

My daughter recently celebrated her birthday and some people who attended the party commented on how well behaved the kids were. Majority of the children were all from the same classroom and I would like to say a big thank you to the teachers for supporting the parents in making sure that good behaviour is recognised and encouraged while they are at daycare. I have thought about the way Eleanor has been settled during her 18 months at daycare and there is nothing that I can think of that needs improvement settling wise 😊 all I can do is commend you on your processes.

Parent

No matter what my problem is or how big it looks to me I know I just have to call the centre and they will go out of there way to support me – great when your a single parent and just need someone to say your doing a good job everything is ok and normal!

Parent

It was so easy to get my baby settled and happy which made me settled and happy – everyone is so kind and will do their best to help.

Parent

Love the way the teachers talk about school as being a cool place to go.

Leanne Thomason

It's no secret that the transition to school is intense for children & as my son is extremely physically active & had a short concentration span, I was a little apprehensive about him starting school. To be honest, I thought he'd hate it. In order to help prepare him, I decided to enrol him at ABC Central (Blenheim) pre-school & I'm so glad I did because their program that prepares pre-schoolers for school is excellent. Within a few months of joining he was able to sit and listen with the other children, take care of his personal belongings, recognise & write his own name and was becoming increasingly independent by the day. I totally recommend ABC pre- school because they made the transition to school so much easier. It's such a great school & the teachers are lovely.

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