Shirley First Learners


101 Slater Street, Richmond, Christchurch 8013

Childcare Type
Education and care centre
0 - 5

Some of the reasons to choose First Learners Shirley for your child's early childhood education

  • Lower than Ministry ratios Nursery 1:4, Preschool 1:7
  • Experienced, caring staff, over 80% are ECE qualified
  • Homely environment which focuses on sustainability
  • Cooked nutritious lunches if required, morning and afternoon tea included in the fees
  • Large outdoor play area which consists of many movable, engaging pieces of equipment.
  • 4 year old extension programme
  • Vegetable gardens which the children are involved in planting, harvesting and eating the produce
  • 20 hours ECE where the hours really are FREE!
  • Handy to schools, Palms shopping centre, and easy distance to CBD

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Our centres are a place of wonder, curiosity, creativity, excitement and fun. Our aim is to stimulate and challenge children/tamariki to become competent and confident lifelong learners.

We provide teaching practices and procedures that are constantly reviewed and improved to ensure First Learners culture and vision continues into the future.

Family/Community. We believe in:

  • Strong positive relationships
  • Bicultural practices/respectful of all cultures
  • Inclusion of all children/tamariki and their families/whanau
  • Links with the wider community

Curriculum. We believe in:

  • Free play with some structured times integrated into the programme as appropriate to age and development of the child
  • Child initiated learning
  • Children respected as individuals
  • Focus on the learning processes not the end product
  • Teachers/kaiako and children/tamariki have shared learning experiences

Environment. We believe in:

  • A homely, relaxed, friendly, welcoming atmosphere
  • Children being able to access indoor and outdoor environments that encourage choice, creativity and exploration.

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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