Rosy Cheeks Early Learning Centre


188 Rose Street, Somerfield, Christchurch 8024

Some available sessions
Childcare Type
Education and care centre

Rosy Cheeks is a privately owned and operated early learning centre licensed for 35 children aged two to five.

Rosy Cheeks Early Learning Centre offers a ‘home away from home’ and is situated in a traditional character home which has been carefully redesigned to meet the social, emotional and physical needs of young children. We are located in Somerfield, Christchurch. We strive for high quality childcare. We believe this means offering our families a safe, caring, nurturing and calm environment with a child centered curriculum.

We provide:

  • A strong sense of community
  • Large natural outdoor play space
  • High ratio of qualified long serving teachers
  • Multi cultural learning
  • Morning, afternoon or full day sessions
  • 20 Hours ECE
  • Privately owned and operated for over 10 years

Rosy Cheeks Early Learning Centre is situated in a traditional character home which has been carefully redesigned to meet the social, emotional and physical needs of young children. We have a large outdoor play area with a garden where we encourage the children to learn about growing fruit and vegetables. Our dedicated art room encourages creatively and is the perfect setting for messy play.

At any one time we have up to 35 children between the ages of two to five years of age at Rosy Cheeks. We have a wonderful team of long serving teachers who are passionate nurturing young individuals. We carefully recruit teachers that have the perfect personality and temperament to work with the children in our care.

Rosy Cheeks was opened in 2009 by a partnership of individuals with a passion for quality childcare. Being privately owned and operated enables us to respond quickly to the needs of our families.

“Thank you so much for all your support, kindness, guidance and care during this past year. Our son has loved his time at Rosy Cheeks and we have been so comforted knowing that it has been the best place for him as he grows, thanks for everything.”

“We are so grateful for the many wonderful years of love and care you have provided for our three children. We have been so blessed to be part of the Rosy Cheeks community. You have an awesome culture and environment and all our children have loved their time with you.”

“Thank you for everything that you have done for our daughter throughout her time at Rosy Cheeks. When she started two years ago I don’t think we would recognise the girl she has become.  She has been nurtured, respected and challenged in many ways which has helped her to thrive. However the biggest and most appreciated actions of all the staff has been to support and build her confidence into loving who she is and letting her be what she wants to be.”

Our Philosophy

Our philosophy acknowledges that every child is unique and special. Our positive relationships with individual tamariki ensures that we know and understand each and every child enabling them to be happy, safe, nurtured and engaged. We greatly value our joint partnership with whānau and welcome them to be involved in the life of Rosy Cheeks.

At Rosy Cheeks, we aim to be an early years centre of excellence, which nurtures tamariki to grow and develop as individuals and prepares them for their future. We provide worthwhile learning experiences through an appropriate and stimulating curriculum.

Rosy Cheeks embraces a rich bicultural environment where Māori values and concepts are woven and embedded in all aspects of our work.


We offer children a play based curriculum with a wide variety of learning opportunities. We support children to select activities linked to their own interests but balance this with learning opportunities aimed specifically at certain groups of children and individuals.

We use the Te Whāriki Curriculum guiding principles as a foundation for our curriculum (Empowerment/Whakamana, Holistic Development/Kotahitanga, Family and community/Whānau tangata and Relationships/Mgā hononga).

Our learning opportunities are very varied and cover a wide variety of activities. Children have access to all the expected activities as well as gardening, creative experiences, music, dance, cooking, science-based learning and excursions.

Our Offering

Social interaction and structure are important for all children. We offer these key aspects plus much more.

A Healthy Focus

We are keen for all children to be physically active and lead healthy lifestyles. Rosy Cheeks has a lovely large garden area which enables us to offer a wide variety of outdoor activities. Tamariki at Rosy Cheeks enjoy growing vegetables and picking fruit from the garden.

Rosy Cheeks has also achieved the prestigious Heart Foundation Healthy Heart Award. This award reflects our commitment to providing an environment that promotes a combination of healthy food choices and physical activity.


At Rosy Cheeks, we have a separate dedicated art room where tamariki are encouraged to explore and investigate their creativity through art and messy play.

Session Times

Rosy Cheeks opens at 8.00am and closes at 5.30pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays. Children may attend all day or morning (8am-12.30pm) or afternoon (1pm-5.30pm) sessions. Many centres require children to be enrolled for a minimum number of days or sessions each week. At Rosy Cheeks we allow whānau to decide what is appropriate for their child.

20 Hours ECE

We participate in the 20 Hours ECE scheme available to enrolled three, four and five-year-olds up to six hours a day, with a maximum of 20 hours a week. If you would like more information about this please give us a call and we can discuss it with you.

High Teacher Ratio

We have nine teachers employed at Rosy Cheeks, working either full or part-time.  

The majority of our teachers are early childhood (ECE) and primary trained teachers. At Rosy Cheeks we aim to always have a greater number of teachers than is required by the licensing regulations for early childcare centres, enabling us to avoid the need for relief teachers and provide teachers with sufficient time to write learning stories and prepare activities.

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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