ABC Queenstown prides itself on providing a safe, loving and challenging environment that nurtures the growth of all children. We believe children learn best when they can build trusting and respectful relationships – within their peer groups, with teachers and within our community. We believe children learn through play and as teacher(s) foster and extend on the individual interest(s) as children develop and adapt to individual learning needs.
We offer education and care from 3 months to 5 years, with open hours of 8am till 5.30pm, Monday to Friday. We only close on statutory holidays.
We provide all the meals and snacks at ABC Queenstown, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea; for an additional daily cost. Our meals are cooked by a experienced cook, which are designed with the Heart Foundation’s Healthy Heart Programme to promote healthy eating.
The centre comprises of 4 classrooms, all named after the Maori legend of Lake Wakatipu.
Tāhuna (Queentown) a small, intimate room for children 3 months to 1 year.
Manatā (The daughter of the local Maori Chief) a large space for children 1 – 2 years old, toddlers in this room have indoor/outside flow to their own outside play area designed specifically for this age group.
Mātau (The Giant who kidnapped Manata) Our 2 – 3 ½ year old classroom is where we focus on social competence, self-worth and independence “I can do it!”.
Matakauri (A man who rescued Manata and later killed the Giant who fell and created the deep groove that is now Lake Wakatipu). This classroom focuses on providing a successful transition to primary school. The programme within this room is specifically designed to integrate the New Zealand Primary School curriculum. Many of the learning experiences in this classroom are based on what would happen in a new entrant classroom. We work closely with our local primary school(s), managing before school visits and liaising with teachers to ensure each child’s interests are communicated with each school.
It is important to us that children have an opportunity to be outside, we believe that this reflects the life we choose to lead here in Queenstown. Children will always have the option to explore outside, in the rain and in the snow. We annually have a ski day up Coronet Peak, which is extremely popular.
Our outside learning area reflects this belief, with a bike track, sandpit and plenty of space to run and climb. We acknowledge that our learning environment extends beyond the centre, with visits to the Kiwibird life park, rides in the gondola, visits to the post office to post letters or even walking to our local supermarket to buy fruit for the day. Excursions our essential to how we not only trust children, but how we see learning, a playroom within our community with extensive possibilities and opportunities.
Ka kohi te toi, ka whai te māramatanga
If knowledge is gathered, enlightenment will follow
Pop into the centre for a visit to meet our amazing teachers and see the wonderful programme and facilities we have to offer.
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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.