20hrs free for 2yr olds! Limited spaces available so be quick. Ask us for details today!
ABC Mayfield in Blenheim provides a fun and safe environment that offers quality early childhood education and care. We believe that children learn best through positive relationships, play and fun, so we provide a large interactive playground with lots of excellent resources and support and guidance from our dedicated teachers. Your child will have great experiences while they are learning and growing with us.
As teachers, our role is to nurture children as active learners by building on their strengths, interests, dispositions and skills. We do this by providing experiences and an environment that supports and connects their learning and play. This in turn nurtures their developing confidence, independence and social skills as they develop skills for smooth transition to school.
We’re big on whānau and actively encourage you to join us in your child’s learning. We understand that all children are unique and learn and develop at their own pace. Children are encouraged to set the pace for their learning and we support them with their own goals and challenges. We respect their choices and encourage them to respect the environment and each other.
Children develop good social skills to support the building of friendships and an understanding of how people work together in a community. We have Key Teachers for each child who is your key point of contact. Your child’s Key Teacher is responsible for planning for a small group of children to ensure your child’s learning is supported and extended.
Sense of belonging
As well as our strong relationships with families, we also encourage tuakana/teina relationships within our tamariki. This is where a mixed age range of children support each other to learn and develop (tukana-teina relationships)– fantastic for siblings!
We believe in the rich learning and sense of belonging that comes from offering an environment that reflects the diverse cultures of the community we are a part of. Our community is represented by many cultures and we welcome the diversity, sharing and learning about others. We go on regular excursions in community with children. As well as having fun and learning they are also able to reflect on what is around them and get a sense of belonging within their wider community.
Ready for school
Children are encouraged to develop self-help skills enabling them to become confident in all areas of the curriculum. Literacy and numeracy are part of our everyday programme. This supports children to become independent learners as they explore technology, books, games, speaking and listening activities and the natural world around them.
We have an extension room where the four year old children can participate in a planned learning session to extend their current knowledge and interests. This gives the children an introduction to the structure they will face when they move to primary school (the other children also use this room to extend their play). The children have an edible garden where they grow food, not just kai for themselves but kai for their community as well. Find out more about BestStart’s unique Be School Ready initiative.
We have a calm, home-like atmosphere with resources specific for children as they learn and grow. Our family corner is large and has lots of real resources for the children to extend their imagination and make sense of their world through dramatic play. We have a large playground which supports physical play and active exploration.
We offer nutritious morning and afternoon teas and the children bring their own lunch boxes – a useful skill for school.
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 20hrs free childcare every week for children aged 3-5 years old and for a limited time are offering 20hrs free for 2yr olds as well. Conditions apply so ask for details today.
Ensuring that every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential is a challenge we as teachers enjoy, sharing this learning journey with you is our pleasure and we are proud to be part of your community.
“Thank you very much for the care of our daughter. She loved coming to preschool with all her teachers and friends. She has had a great start before school.”
“To all the teachers who have helped look after and teach Ria for the last 2 years, a very big thank you! It’s been a wonderful time for our family to be involved with ABC Mayfield and we will miss you all.”
“ABC Mayfield has been a wonderful place for my child to attend and is very helpful with toilet-training and also in helping my child to become be school ready.”
“Thanks Alisha..lovely to see Lyds growing and learning more we are proud of her and I just want to thank you and all the teachers for taking such good care of her and the other children..you make it easy to leave her their knowing she is in good hands thank you.”
“Thank you to all the support you have shown Jizy whilst she attended here, She will definitely miss you for all, I know that for sure.”
“Very good and caring Staff, completely understanding of the needs of the children as well as the parents.”
“I recommend ABC Mayfield, my children have been attending this preschool for nearly 4 years, unfortunately we are leaving Blenheim. My children have learnt so much.”
“Thanks very much for the great job you have done with Sa.”
“Fantastic preschool. I am definitely going to miss everyone.”
“Thank you very much for all your support and Jahvarniah’s learning over the past 3 years.”
“Amazing atmosphere, awesome teachers, lovely friendly environment, will be sad to leave.”
“ABC has helped Rhea Dewan gain a lot in both her speech and education and we as parents are grateful for that and thanking all the teachers.”
Stories from ABC Mayfield
ABC Mayfield’s Be School Ready Room
ABC Mayfield – Fun with pegs
ABC Mayfield’s Bus Adventure
ABC Mayfield Easter celebration
ABC Mayfield’s St Patrick’s Day celebration
ABC Mayfield featured in The Blenheim Sun
Science play at ABC Mayfield
ABC Mayfield’s visit to Gordon Handy