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Bright Beginnings Montessori Pre
School and Nursery Centre has
a very appropriate name, as the
children who attend there receive a
balanced, imaginative and exciting
preparation for life at primary
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
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
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
The huge 3800 square metre
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 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.
Well staffed (14 in all), the centre
functions like a big family.
FOR ALL ENQUIRIES
Contact Sarah/Helen on
347 4474 or email
• Over 2s 1:5 preschool
• Under 2s 1:4 nursery • Fantastic rural outlook
• 27 car parks
We cater for children
from birth to 6 years.
Both kindergartens offer a school day model where your child
can attend for 3 or 6 hours per day. We provide the government
20 hours ECE. When your child uses their 20 hours ECE with us
it may cost nothing more for your child to stay longer (some terms and conditions
apply). All the teachers at both kin-dergartens are highly qualifed and fully
registered experienced teachers.
The kindergartens‛ programme are based on learning through play.
The children are provided with a programme which has strong links to education
for sustainability. We provide learning environments that encourages the children
to develop confdence and enthusiasm for learning and exploration. Children are
recognised as experts in their own learning and through this take ownership and
lead their own learning journey, supported by passionate experienced teachers.
The kindergartens have strong links with our unique local communities.
Kindergarten is not only for children, but is a place where parents/whānau
contributions and involvement are invited and recognised as an important aspect
to ensure optimum learning and growth of each child. Kindergarten is a great
place for parents to network with other families in the community.
More information can be found on our websites.
We have some places available please contact the kindergartens.
Kidsfrst Kindergartens Burnham
16 Ruru Street, Burnham Camp
Kidsfrst Kindergartens Lincoln
Boundary Road, Lincoln
Kidsfrst Kindergartens Burnham
and Lincoln are two great learning
environments in the Selwyn District.
Choosing therightchildcare for you
Early needs: The increase in population in many rural areas has resulted in more parents looking for quality childcare options.
By JEFF LILLY
With the movement of population
to centres on the fringes of
Christchurch, such as Rolleston,
Lincoln and West Melton, there has
been an influx of young families.
Many parents are working and
need to find good early childhood
care and education.
The population boom in these
rural areas has seen a corresponding
increase in the number of pre-
schools available, as well as an
increase in the rolls of many that
''There has been a large increase
in families requiring quality childcare
in the Selwyn area, particularly over
the last year,'' says Sarah Alderson,
principal of Bright Beginnings
Childcare Centre in Rolleston.
There are two main types of early
childhood education (ECE) services --
teacher-led and parent-led -- and it is
helpful to understand the difference
In teacher-led services, 50 per
cent of the adults who educate and
care for children must be qualified
and registered as ECE teachers.
Teacher-led services include
kindergartens, education and care
services. In home-based services, all
the co-ordinators must be qualified
Kindergartens accept children
between 2 and 5 years old and can
have set morning and afternoon
sessions for different age groups.
Some offer all-day or flexible
sessions for a wider age range of
children. Kindergartens are non-
profit, community-based services,
managed by a kindergarten
Education and care services run all-
day sessions or flexible-hour
programmes for children from birth
to school age. Some services cater
for specific age ranges. They may be
privately owned, owned and
operated by a community group, or
operated within an organisation for
employees with young children.
Some have a particular language
and cultural base, others have a
specific set of beliefs about teaching
and learning, like the Rudolph
Steiner and Montessori services.
Home-based education and care is
provided for groups of up to four 0
to 5-year-olds at a time, in either the
educator's home or the children's.
Each educator must belong to a
home-based service and is
supported by a co-ordinator who is
a registered ECE teacher.
Parent-led services are where
parents and family or caregivers
educate and care for their children.
Families/whanau have the
opportunity to learn more about
parenting as well as developing
social networks and building
Nga Kohanga Reo caters for
children from birth to school age in
a Maori language and tikanga Maori
environment. Parents and whanau
manage the kohanga reo, with the
support and guidance of the Te
Kohanga Reo National Trust.
Playcentres are collectively
supervised and managed by parents
for children from birth to school age.
They have a strong focus on parent
education as well as children's
learning. Playcentres are supported
by playcentre associations around
Playgroups are run by parents and
cater for groups of children from
birth to school age, and their
parents. Typically, they meet for one
to five sessions each week to
provide play, social and learning
opportunities for children.
Playgroups can be certificated and
may be less formal than other kinds
of ECE services.
Parents need to be clear about
their own circumstances and their
children's. They need to approach
potential early childhood centres,
ask questions and even shop around
for the most appropriate solution.
More information may be obtained
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