At ABC Russley in Burnside, relationships are at the heart of our early learning centre. We value strong, reciprocal relationships between our children, whānau and our wider community. We encourage lifelong learning through tuakana teina relationships and Ako, where our children work together and learn from one another. We provide a fun and inviting environment that promotes respect, independence and communication for all.
Sense of belonging
Every child at ABC Russley has their own Key Teacher. This unique key teacher approach is evident across all three classrooms through the love and trusting relationships that each child and their whānau have within our centre. This enables our tamariki to develop a secure attachment with a special teacher who works closely with the whole family to provide the best learning outcomes for your child. This relationship then promotes a secure environment where children feel valued and encouraged to follow their interests and drive their own learning, strengthened by the learning journey they have alongside their key teacher.
We view tamariki as unique individuals, capable of driving their own learning through making their own choices and initiating play opportunities. We facilitate opportunities for the tamariki to build on their own interests, strengths and to develop social competencies enabling them to grow up as competent and confident learners. Through providing this holistic environment, tamariki establish a strong, safe and secure sense of belonging. Every child is celebrated and acknowledged for what they bring; their culture, customs and the knowledge they share.
All our kaiako are professionals who are passionate about their role and blessed with a sense of humour. We have the ability to look at the world through the eyes of a tamariki, ensuring that all our daily interactions are filled with fun and laughter.
Our learning spaces
Nursery (3 months-2 years)
In our nursery we have a strong focus on each individual child’s care and learning. We ensure all interactions are authentic and responsive, where needs and wants are heard and met. Interactions are respectful, informing children about what is happening and letting them feel empowered in their environment and building their sense of contribution. Respect, independence, love, security and a sense of belonging happens.
Preschool (2 years-3.5 years)
Our preschool provides a fun, meaningful and child-driven learning environment where fun and a sense of humour is essential. The preschool places an emphasis on promoting respect, communication and independence. We use rich language, encouraging the use of both verbal and non-verbal skills to communicate and resolve conflicts. Supporting children to express themselves in a variety of different ways helps provide them with skills and strategies to build and maintain relationships with others.
Prep School (3.5 years – School)
In the prep school we have a developed transition to school programme which supports both children and parents with the next stage of their child’s education journey. Our environment is set to spark curiosity, encourage collaboration and strengthen communication. We focus on ensuring our children are respectful, Confident, competent and responsible and who are flexible thinkers that have a real love of learning. Ask us about our unique Be School Ready initiative.
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 wherever you are in the world 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.
Education Review Office report
Stories from ABC Russley
We have a Healthy Heart Award!
We are extremely proud e that we have received a 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!
“Thank you so much for all the love you have all given our beautiful boys over the past six years at ABC Russley. You really have been like an extension to our family and we will all miss you! I never imagined that a preschool would be so enriching for a child’s first education, both boys have just thrived on your teaching. You all do such an amazing job and we really admire your enthusiasm and patience. We really appreciated it!”
“Each and every one of you have played such an important part in our daughters life for the past 2 half years and given her the best possible start. And no matter what else has been going in her world, you have given her a safe place, full of warmth, fun and learning and we will be forever grateful for that”
“We are extremely grateful for all the hard work the teachers have done in caring and educating my daughter. She has grown so much and loved being part of ABC. Huge thank you to all the teachers” – Sheema
“Thank you to all of my preschool teachers. You helped me learn, grow and become a happy confident 5 year old girl who is now ready for school. I will miss you lots but I promise to pop in! See you soon lots of love Leah X”
“You guys are all truely amazing teachers Phoenix has come so far with his confidence and I put it all down to you guys working with him at his pace. I wish you all well for the future. Xxoo hugs to all” – Michelle
“Thank you so much for all the love and care that you are giving to our little treasure. It is such a cool environment and great to see her so happy with all her new friends.” – Peter
“I cant thank you enough for all the love and care you have given Noah since he was 13 weeks old. He has always been in the best hands and had wonderful teachers who have helped shape him into the hilarious, cheeky, caring little boy that he is. I am forever grateful” – Rebecca