Marshlands Nest


408 Prestons Road, Marshland, Christchurch 8083

Childcare Type
Education and care centre
2 - 5

Nau Mai Haere Mai. Welcome to MARSHLANDS NEST

Marshlands NEST Early Learning Centre is located in an older style house which has been designed to offer warm, comfortable, home-like setting with a large well established garden. The centre is located in Prestons Road adjacent to Marshlands Domain which is used on a regular basis for short outings. Marshlands NEST Early Learning Centre is owned and operated by the licensee Roslyn Eason with the support of the NESTS NZ group.

Marshlands NEST was set up with family values in mind. The Director Roslyn Eason and her husband Darren have had input in every aspect from the initial design, to setting the progamme and purchasing resources.


  • in developing respectful, responsive and trusting relationships with all members of the learning community
  • that all teachers parents and whanau should feel welcome and develop a strong sense of belonging within our centre
  • that chilldren learn through play
  • children need to have their individual needs met to be able to grow learn and develop


  • The concept of AKO and support children to develop social skills such as kindness, empathy, inclusion, and fairness
  • children's cultural identities, individual learning styles, uniqueness and allow them to develop at their own pace.
  • an emergent curriculum
  • te tiriti based practice and advocate for bi-cultural awareness by weaving bicultural perspectives into our practice.


  • to nurture and protect the children's well being first
  • is to provide children, parents, whanau and colleagues with opportunities to share their ideas and contribute to the programme
  • is to be positive role models who support children to engage in active enquiry
  • is to understand and acknowledge the histories, heritages languages and cultures of partners to Te Tiriti o Waitangi


  • as a team to support and uplift each other as educators, and inspire each other as lifelong learners
  • to build children's self worth and self regulation, as these things are important to develop confidence as lifelong learners
  • to create opportunities for free uninterrupted play and a natural and open ended environment
  • to provide a peaceful, consistent and fun environment

The Routine:

Children have time to play and learn with structured activities, such as music, baking, art, reading, story telling and science or maths activities throughout the day . At "nests time" the child works with his peers and teacher on a variety of projects. We have  Marshlands Domain next door to play games and enjoy the open space. Children are able to rest or sleep whenever they need to. We all join together in our dining area for morning and afternoon tea and lunch where we enjoy waiata, stories and conversation

Dunn and Dunn’s Learning Styles Theory

Learning style is the way in which each learner begins to concentrate on, process, absorb, and retain new and difficult information. The interaction of these elements occurs differently in everyone so we encourage children to learn in their dominant style.

Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence Theory

Multiple Intelligences is a theoretical frame work for understanding and developing people’s different intelligence factors. We promote ‘word smart’ , ‘number/reasoning smart’ , ’picture smart’ , ‘body smart’ , ‘music smart’ , ‘people smart’ , ‘self smart’ and ‘nature smart’ to cover all the intelligences.

Brain Development

Early childhood is the most intensive period of brain development during the lifespan. Adequate stimulation and nutrition are essential for development during the first three years of life. It is during these years that a child's brain is most sensitive to the influences of the external environment. Rapid brain development affects cognitive, social and emotional growth.

The Education Review Office | Te Tari Arotake Mātauranga (ERO) is the New Zealand government’s external evaluation agency. It evaluates and report on the education and care of learners in schools, kura, kohanga reo, puna reo, and early childhood services.

ERO Report

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