ABC Oamaru

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20 Hours Free for 2 year olds

For a limited time
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ABC Oamaru is situated in a lovely old converted villa which creates a nice homely feel for the children and families attending our centre. We have a large, sheltered and private playground at the back of the centre with two large sandpits and a combination of natural shade and shade sails. Our outdoor environment allows children to explore the natural world. The Children benefit from our vegetable garden, strawberry patch and enjoy learning about recycling through our compost and worm farm. We also have a lovely area covered in native bushes, grasses, and tussocks. The playground is regularly set up with a range of resources and equipment to ensure that there are plenty of challenges for our tamariki to support their developing physical skills.

We have an enthusiastic, dedicated teaching team of five and have a Centre Administrator.

We cater for children from 2 to 5 years old and we are licensed for 35 children.

Children bring along lunchboxes and drink bottles which supports their self- help skills. ABC Oamaru has achieved the Gold Healthy Heart Award. ABC Oamaru provides nutritious morning and afternoon teas.

We value and recognise children as competent and capable learners here at ABC Oamaru, this is reflected in our environment where children are encouraged to develop their independence and build self-confidence as well as developing skills necessary as they head towards their schooling years. We work collaboratively with family/whanau to support each child’s learning and development and support the children’s individual interests and needs.

At ABC Oamaru we offer some structured times to our day, as our children turn 4 we offer a literacy and mathematics programme, this is in conjunction with our Be School Ready initiative. During these times, we offer our 2 and 3 year olds a variety of learning opportunities that they may not select themselves. Ask us about our unique Be School Ready initiative.


What else you can expect from our childcare centre

  • Learning stories available in profile books and online through Storypark
  • Well-resourced indoor and outdoor areas
  • Dedicated teachers who have a passion for teaching young children
  • Four-year-old group times (literacy and mathematics focused)
  • Caring, approachable, and qualified teachers
  • Nutritious, delicious morning and afternoon teas
  • Regular excursions out in our community

Click here to read our centre’s latest ERO Report.


Healthy Heart Award

We are extremely proud and excited to announce that we have received a Gold Healthy Heart Award from the Heart Foundation for the amazing things we do to promote healthy food and physical activity. We are helping our tamariki to have healthy habits and healthy hearts for life. For more information on the Healthy Heart Programme, click here!




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.


Our centre stories

Developing ball skills

On Pointe

Co-operative learning

Busy Builders

Healthy Hearts

Recycling and Earth Care at ABC Oamaru

Taking a Look at Their Natural World


Parent Feedback:

“I love the Oamaru centre, can’t say enough wonderful things about it!!! I have never had a problem with the staff, ALL of them are always great. I love that we are recognised every morning on drop off and every afternoon upon pick up.”

“Thanks so much for the wonderful care you have taken of our son over the last three years. He has thrived in your care and has bubbled with enthusiasm with all you have taught him.”

“We’ve really appreciated the kindness you’ve all shown and ABC’s willingness to fit with our childcare needs.”