Stay and Play every Wednesday
1.30 – 2.30pm
Come along to our Stay and Play session every Wednesday . It’s a great chance for your child to enjoy all the centre has to offer and for you to meet the teaching team and see first hand all the learning and fun that happens in our centre every day. Everyone from the community is welcome!
Here at ABC Belfast early learning childcare centre, we pride ourselves on our home-like environment where families and children feel comfortable and secure.
We take the time each day to ensure the small things matter. We build strong relationships between teachers, children, their whānau and the wider community. The team at ABC Belfast acknowledges how important these relationships are to enable each child to reach their learning potential.
We’re a small centre, licensed for 45 children from two to five years old. Our centre environment encourages tuakana-teina relationships where children support each other to learn and grow with guidance and knowledge from our teaching team. The children enjoy being involved in activities such as helping to look after and care for our pet rabbit Shine and our guinea pig Boris and helping to grow and nurture plants in the garden with teachers’ guidance and support. We also take the children on excursions into the community on a regular basis.
Preparation for school
Our Be School Ready initiative is woven throughout the everyday curriculum. As we prepare children for school we build on their current level of development and learning to ensure we provide age appropriate activities. Children learn and develop social and self-help skills with numeracy and literacy woven throughout the daily programme.
It’s important to us that our children are prepared for the next stage in their learning journey as confident, competent learners. We focus on life-long skills and work in partnership with our local schools to explore and learn about what this next step looks like. Each term we take children to Belfast School to help make the transition into the school environment as smooth as possible.
Strong teaching team
We have an experienced and passionate teaching team. Through sharing ideas, listening, supporting, taking and accepting responsibility, enthusiasm, flexibility and equal contribution, we provide an environment of friendship, fun, laughter and co-operation to ensure we work and teach together as an enthusiastic team.
What makes us special
- Our amazing Children’s Garden- children have the opportunity to learn about sustainability and exploring theories of the natural world
- Great relationships with the local community including schools
- Excellent preparation for school
- Nutritious and healthy morning and afternoon tea provided
- In centre hairdressing service
- Fantastic indoor and outdoor environment, including a bike track.
We take the time to ensure that the small things matter so that children are prepared for a lifelong journey of learning.
We are excited to offer our families access to Storypark e-portfolios. They are a great way to keep up to date with what your child is doing while at the centre. You can log in to the secure platform to see what’s been happening in their day, check out photos of them and comment on their activities. Click here for more information about this fantastic resource.
We have a Gold Healthy Heart Award!
For more information on the Healthy Heart Programme, click here
You are welcome to come and visit our centre at any time and we look forward to meeting you.
Please feel free to contact our Centre Manager, Nicola or our Administrator, Dawn with any questions you might have.
“My husband and I were blown away by the care and ongoing support we recieved from every member of the team at ABC Belfast. Our daughter absolutely loves her time at pre school and has grown such strong relationships with all her teachers, she talks about them all the time and is always excited about going to see them. It is such a comfort knowing your child is happy and well looked after when you have them in care.”
” To the amazing staff at ABC Belfast, John and I would like to thank you all so much for preparing our little girl for the next chapter of her life. You guys did a good job!”
“Matthew’s clapping and cheering when we arrive at ABC Belfast in the car is probably the best indication of what we all think of this wonderful preschool. I cannot speak highly enough of the wonderful, dedicated teachers and support staff. Matthew has only been going to preschool for a few months, but he has settled in incredibly well. I know this is because everybody at ABC Belfast is so wonderfully warm and responsive to the children, their siblings as well as the parents.”
“Each and every day, the staff go above and beyond to ensure the children are happy, engaged, playing and learning. It is the extra quality care and interest in the family that makes it a special place. I am always so amazed by the enthusiasm and the time the teachers take to tell you all the details about Matthew’s day, who he played with, what he learnt and how he ate, what he enjoyed etc. etc. Another bonus is that ABC Belfast offers Healthy Heart approved meals, which means I don’t have to worry about Matthew eating great, nutritious food – and trying new foods because his classmates are eating it too! “
“The genuine caring that the staff show the children at the preschool makes ABC Belfast a child’s ‘home away from home. I know it is rare to find a preschool with such amazing staff, which is why I cannot recommend ABC Belfast enough to anyone who wants a wonderful, caring and nurturing learning environment for their child.”
“We would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to you all for everything!!! Kasya cried in the car after her last day… and that means you have done a really good job!!! SHE LOVES ALL THE TEACHERS!!! I think she left a part of her heart at ABC Belfast!! and we as Parents too…. Really thank you so much… We hope to come back and visit soon…”
“To the wonderful team at ABC Belfast, thank you so much for all your time and effort with Zoe and Jemma. I am so proud of how Zoe has taken to school – she is very confident and happy there which proves what a fine job you have all done. Jemma is shaping out the some way. I have nothing but positive thoughts and words for your childcare.”
“Ross has settled in extremely well at his new PreSchool. The new Preschool’s teaching philosophy is all about social skills and we are being told that Ross is the best equipped socially of all the children there. A huge part of that is down to you guys, so Jo and I would like to say thank you all for your fantastic input into Ross’s upbringing. I reckon he is a real credit to your child development skills in all areas and I have not been short in telling people what a great bunch you all are. We will be in for a visit when we can.”
“After much deliberation about moving my twins from a preschool that they had been at from nursery I was a little unsure that I had made the right decision until I walked into ABC Belfast. The staff are all so kind and caring and immediately my children felt completely comfortable and as time has passed I am so glad I made the change. My children have blossomed and I am so amazed at the ABC Belfast Be School Ready program that they teach my children knowing that transition to school will be a breeze because of the true dedication from the amazing teachers!! I would recommended this preschool and is by far the best!”
“Thank you Julie! What a priceless moment!! You always go that extra mile. 😊Because of that, I feel like I was there for that amazing moment; that any where else it could of been missed. Clearly you have an amazing connection with our lucky children. Thank you for contributing to that much needed home connection. Your an awesome teacher!!! 👍”