Our Programme

Our programme is developed to allow children to learn at their own pace in their own way. We work collaboratively with you and your child to recognise their individual learning goals and aspirations.  Our teachers provide support and opportunities during their time at The Willows for your child to reach these goals.

We believe play is key to a child’s development.  Play is a child’s unique way of learning about the world.  We provide opportunities for both spontaneous play and more structured activities for those children who enjoy this challenge.  

Learning environments at The Willows are calm and unhurried.  We aim to allow time for rich conversations and opportunities for our children to grow and learn as individuals.  We provide children with the freedom to explore and make their own discoveries whilst supporting a sense of wonder and curiosity.

We are aware and responsive to children’s cultural identity, incorporating and extending this though many aspects of our programme.

Our teachers delight in children’s learning and love to discover and learn alongside our children.

Primary Caregiving

If your child is joining us in the Nursery, they will experience Primary Caregiving. At The Willows, our aim is to provide consistency and stability for your child and your family, as this helps to make the transition into Care so much easier. We believe that it is important that each child has a special person to care for their best interests. Your child's Key Caregiver will be there to work as an advocate for your family, and especially for your child, while they are here at The Willows.

Your child’s Key Caregiver will take the time to observe and really get to know your child. They will spend quality time with them and take the opportunity to learn those extra little things that other people may not notice.  This Key Caregiver will also be responsible for your child’s care moments.  Care moments are the special one-on-one times during the day. These include feeding, dressing, changing nappies, and sleeping.  We believe it is important to treasure these times, to make sure they are respectful to the child, enjoyable and unhurried.  It is during these Care moments that the relationship is developed and strengthened.

We were amazed how the teachers connected with Maeve, observing her interests and personality and truly understanding her in such a short time.
- Kelly

Preparation For School

It is our aim at The Willows to send children to school who are confident and competent in a wide range of skills and experiences.

When your child turns four years old they are encouraged to gather together to participate in group experiences. These activities are aimed at helping children develop knowledge and skills that will be needed when they start school.

We also work closely with the schools in our area to ensure that your child’s transition to school is enjoyable for yourselves and your child.

She is so much more confident, her language and communication skills have advanced, she is learning so much and has made some lovely friends.
- Marcy

Storypark + Profile Books...

We know as parents, how much you love knowing what you child gets up to during the day. 

It is our aim to include you in their day as much as possible.  Not only do we aim to ensure that a teacher is always available for a chat at drop off and pick up, we have also introduced Storypark (www.storypark.com) as a tool for communicating about your child’s day.  

Through Storypark, you might see your little one happy at play on their first day, accomplishing that challenge of getting all the way across the monkey bars, eating up all of their nutritious lunch, or splashing in the muddy sandpit with their friends.

We know it’s the little moments that count and we will ensure that you are included in these.

As well as documenting learning on Storypark, your child will have their very own book which will be used to document your child’s learning goals, their acheivements, magic moments throughout their time at The Willows, and even snippets of their artwork.  The children love reading and sharing these special books, and they become a wonderful keepsake for families.

Special Events...

We also hold events such whanau evenings, education evenings, and celebrations where we welcome families to come in, spend some time in the Centre, and talk to the team about your child’s time at The Willows.

03 351 1904


248 Wairakei Road, Christchurch

© The Willows 2017

03 351 1904


248 Wairakei Road, Christchurch

© The Willows 2017