Pascals St Albans

St Albans

26 Somme Street, St Albans, Christchurch 8014

Childcare Type
Education and care centre
0 - 5

Located in the heart of St Albans, Christchurch, Pascals St Albans is a warm and welcoming early learning centre offering first-class education and care for pre-schoolers.

A home away from home for children of busy families, we offer three separate classrooms to cater for each age and stage, plus a natural outdoor area that challenges and stimulates young children. Our experienced and passionate teachers build confidence, independence, and resilience, through an intentionally planned and prepared learning environment.

Get a head start with your little one’s learning journey. Call us now at Pascals St Albans.

Pascals St Albans has three separate classrooms, enabling us to deliver safe, nurturing and age appropriate learning experiences for all our children.  Our outside environment is split into two areas. In these areas we offer resources and equipment to support continued learning and development.

Kea Room

The Kea Room is our nursery. This is a specialised infant and toddler care room, catering for children up two years of age. The Kea room is a relaxed space where the youngest children start their preschool journey. We accommodate infants (aged from 6 weeks) and toddlers (up to 2 years ) with a maximum of 10 children at any one time. Being a small nursery we naturally provide a primary care type environment, your child may have up to three teachers that they will eventually establish strong connected relationships with.

Daily Routine

In the Kea Room we try to stick as closely to each child’s individual routine as we can we very much follow each child’s lead. We believe that children need to be given time and space to explore and discover freely. Outside is a lovely space, full of nature and plenty of opportunities to practise developing physical skills. We value our small group size and are passionate about keeping our environment calm and relaxed.

Tui Room

Our Tui Room is for our 1.5 to 2.5 year olds. In this room we also use the primary caregiving approach and we concentrate on teaching and putting respectful practice into place. This room provides children with more space to be active and to explore and discover in their unique toddler way.

Daily Routine

7:45 am: Centre opens, meet and greet parents and settle children in the Kea Room

8:30 am: Tui children move into the Tui Room for free play, mat time and stories

9:30 am: Morning tea

10:00 am: Free play (outside play, group play, planned activities)

11:00 am: Children settle down for mat time, which includes group time, stories and songs

11:30 am:  Lunch

12:00 – 12:30 pm: Farewell to children going home, talk to parents

12:30 pm: Settle children for sleep/nap time

2:00 pm: Children wake up/reset the room

2:30 pm: Afternoon tea

3:00 pm: Free play

4:30 pm: Tidy up time

4:45 pm: Late snack

5:00 – 5:30 pm: Farewell time

5:30 pm: Centre closes

Piwakawaka Room

Our Piwakawaka Room is for our 2.5 to 4 year olds. Here you have a specific teacher assigned to your child where they continue to develop independence, language and social skills.

Daily Routine

7:45 am: Welcoming children and interacting with families

9:15 am: Start clearing tables for morning tea

9.30 am: Kiwis go to their room/Mat time/Morning tea

9.50 am: Tables reset with planned activities

10:00 am: Nappies/activities inside (and outside, weather permitting)

11:30 am: Mat time/Lunch

12:00 pm: Tidy up and reset tables with planned activities

12:15 pm: Nappies

12:30 pm: Sleepers go to bed/inside and outside (weather permitting) activities for non-sleepers

2:30 pm: Afternoon tea

2:45 pm: Brown Kiwis join together with Piwakawaka Room children

2:50 pm: Nappies

3:00 pm: Interacting with children with activities inside

4:45 pm: Tidy up time

5:00 pm: Move to Tui Room

5:30 pm: Centre closes

Brown Kiwi Room

Our last room is the Brown Kiwi Room. This is for our 4 year olds to school leaving age. Here we concentrate on formal learning around the children's interests and preparing them for school in a fun 4-year-old way.

Daily Routine

7:45 am: Children welcomed at the Piwakawaka Room/teachers interact with families/free play

9:30 am: Brown Kiwis move to their room for mat time followed by morning tea

10:00 am: Free play/table top activities that are linked to both individual and group planning

11:10 am: Kiwi Group Time – focus topic work

11:30 am: Lunch

12:00 pm: Free play/table top activities that are linked to both individual and group planning

2:00 pm: Group activity

2:30 pm: Afternoon tea

2:45 pm: Brown Kiwis join in with children from Piwakawaka Room

3:00 pm: Interacting with children with activities inside

4:45 pm: Tidy up time

5:00 pm: Move to Tui Room

5:30 pm: Centre closes

I am eternally grateful for all Pascal’s does for Maple and I. Preschool has been a really stabilizing part of our lives, and we see the teachers and school a part of our extended family. It takes a village to raise our little people!

We feel lucky to have found Pascals for our daughter to attend. The teachers were always kind and compassionate and so welcoming every morning. There was always fun and engaging learning activities set up but also so many opportunities for free play too.

Finding a preschool that provided nutritious food was also really key for us as full-time working parents. We would recommend Pascals to any families with out hesitation.

You and the team do an amazing job. We love your work and the environment you give Matilda. Thanks Sarah And Stu

Huge support to all you Pascals teachers and staff. You show up every day with more patience than most of us will ever have: to wipe another nose, tie another shoe, to see beyond behaviour to what’s really going on, to encourage, to set appropriate boundaries – oh and to teach all at the same time to our world’s most important resources. Thankyou! Summer Downes

We have loved the time our daughter has spent at Pascals St Albans. The teachers and staff have been absolutely amazing over the last 3 years. Their dedication, creative ideas for day to day activities, communication to parents, upskilling and training throughout the year and teaching and knowledge they have passed onto my daughter has made her journey to school a very easy one! As a mum that works fulltime, I feel very lucky to have found such a caring day care to take care of my daughter, her teachers are truly brilliant at what they do and the love for what they do shines through. I highly recommend Pascals St Albans to all parents!!!

You all have one of the most important jobs in the world and each of you do a great job. Happy parent!

Our philosophy

At Pascals St Albans we are guided by Te Whāriki  and the work of Urie Bronfenbrenner – because of this we provide a holistic approach to teaching and learning.

The key aspects of our approach are:

  • Children are active in their learning socially and academically.
  • Teamwork between children, parents and teachers is the key to meaningful learning experiences and positive development – it takes a village to raise a child.
  • Teachers and Parents have strong relationships, and this supports child development in a positive way.
  • An understanding that family, culture, and other external factors have an influence on child development, and this can change course at any time.

At Pascals St Albans we are a team whose values underpin the way in which we approach our work, we strive to be our best to create the best possible outcomes for children in our care.

AKO – We are reciprocal in the way we teach and learn.

NGAIOTANGA – We are professional and doing our best in every way.

KOTAHITANGA – We are working collaboratively and constructively as an effective and solution focused team
RANGATIRATANGA – We communicate goals, and expectations to improve quality for children and build capacity in our teaching team.
WHAKAPONO – We are open  and honest with stakeholders in our communication around perspectives, ideas, and concerns.

MANAAKITANGA – We help to support and encourage each other in a safe environment.

KAITIAKITANGA – We take a  collective responsibility for preserving the mana of our tamariki, and our environment.

Why choose us?

There are a host of reasons why families choose Pascals St Albans. Here are just a few of them:

  • Healthy Heart silver award
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea freshly prepared by our onsite cook each day.
  • Hey Dee Ho – Music class each week for all children at no extra cost
  • Close community relationships including visits to the retirement village, surrounding schools and walks round the local area
  • Opportunities for on-site extra-curricular experiences such as Playball, Pitter Patter dance and Yoga
  • Sustainable practice of recycling, worm farming and composting
  • Plentiful celebrations (birthdays, graduations, cultural festivals)
  • Regular family events
  • High percentage of Qualified teachers with sound pedagogical knowledge

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.

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