At The Y (formerly known as YMCA) Ellerslie Early Learning Centre we provide a variety of learning opportunities for our children. These aren't just based only at the centre itself but also within our local community such as gymnastics at the rec centre, local walks through the reserve, and visits to both our local community hub and library. Our team of educators provide an environment that is interactive, age-appropriate, stimulating and safe not only for our tamariki, but also for our whanau.
We believe that the inclusion of our family and community are an integral part of every child's development. Therefore our teachers take every opportunity to communicate with our whanau/ extended whanau (verbally and through Story Park), in order to build those long life relationships that build trust and unity over the coming years.
Our early childhood curriculum follows the Te Whariki Early Childhood Curriculum, set by the Ministry of Education. From this we want our children to become competent, confident learners, who are healthy in their mind, body and spirit. We also want them to realise that they make a contribution to society that is valued.
Our environment supports nature both inside and outside – located within a large park space with a range of different landscapes, we have easy access to the wider world, with an arts and craft area, a range of books and a block space to enable children to explore and discover what they’ve seen outside.
Learning also comes from within. Our home corner enables children to free-play and role-play, stirring, filling, emptying, pouring, shaking, trying things on and taking them off.
Ellerslie has a variety of play areas - access to playing fields and wide open spaces, and also the recreation centre / gym for up to 3 sessions a week with our fully trained team of instructors.
Our facility is a fully licensed childcare and education facility under the Ministry of Education for children aged 6 months - 5 years
Our early learning centres are audited and accredited by the Ministry of Education
Our staff are fully trained, professionally qualified and committed to on-going personal development
YMCA North is Aotearoa’s first and only accredited organisation through the Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF) as a child-safe organisation. Find out more.
YMCA Early learning centres offer the 20 ECE hours free for all children aged 3 and over
WINZ Subsidies are available for qualified families
"Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful environment for my child, and all the other tamariki to play and learn and feel loved and supported in. The culture you all create is exactly what they need and we will miss it!!"
"Thank you so much for all the care, fun, teaching and hard work over the years. My child has grown so much, learnt so much and had so so so much fun with his lovely teachers and friends. You have been our children's second home and you will be missed as he moves onto the next stage. Thank you for everything, your amazing, awesome, fantastic!!!"
"To the best of the best! (yes - that's all of you!). Thank you so, so much for you patience and hard work, you are so appreciated and loved."
"Thank you all for being so kind, caring and supportive. My child has loved his time with you and we are very sad to be leaving. We will miss you all and hope to see you all soon."
"Dearest Dream Team, I cannot put in words, how much it means to me, that both of our children were able to spend the past few years in your care! Not only did you nurture them and helped them develop and grow beautifully and confidently, but you also always gave us a priceless feeling of assurance and peace of mind. For all this, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We will miss you dearly and hope to visit soon."