Learning & Care

All of our programmes follow the principles of the National Early Childhood Education Framework – Te Whariki.

Infants (0-18 months)

In the early months of life care routines are a large component of the infant’s day. During these experiences our teachers support your child to develop security and trust that their needs will be met. Through careful observation and a growing relationship, teachers tune in to your child’s individual routines and cues.

As your child gains an increasing awareness of their own body and how they can interact with their surroundings, our teachers respond to their personal developmental progress by providing appropriate resources and experiences to extend their inborn drive to develop independence.

The infant programme builds the foundation for growing and learning in a safe, nurturing environment and activities are planned to stimulate your child’s emerging physical and social skills.

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Toddlers (18mths – 3years)

During this period children are rapidly developing their sense of self.The development of independence can be challenging for children as they experience and learn to manage a range of emotions.With the knowledge and understanding of how children learn, our teachers will support your child through this transition from infant to child.

Preschool ( 3 – 6 years)

The Li’l Champs Preschool programme helps prepare your child for a smooth transition to school. Activities are designed promote your child’s cognitive, physical, and social-emotional development.

Your child will develop early literacy and numeracy skills as well as learning about the world around them through science, geography and cultural experiences.

The indoor and outdoor curriculum are designed to provoke your child’s curiosity to learn, and teachers support and encourage children to recognize and extend their strengths and interests.

Our Mission Heights preschool room proudly offers the Montessori Philosophy.

Trained and experienced in the Montessori method, our Preschool Teachers skillfully combine this with mainstream early childhood care and education giving your child the best of both worlds.

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Healthy Heart Programme

We are proud members of the Heart Foundation’s Healthy Heart Award Programme for Early Childhood Centres. The programme aims to encourage physical activity and healthy eating habits in children under 5 and their families.

Our centres are spacious and have fantastic outdoor play areas to encourage children to beactive. We develop creative indoor and outdoor activities that help our children hop, skip and play their way to healthy heart and bodies.

Each centre has a carefully planned seasonal and nutritious menu. All food is prepared and served fresh everyday by our in-house cooks.


It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.- Albert Einstein


At Li’l Champs Early Learning Centres, we promote genuine, respectful relationships between teachers, children and families, and value open, honest, reciprocal communication. Our staff provide an encouraging and empowering environment for LEARNING.

Interactions are caring and nurturing, and children are supported to develop a strong sense of belonging in an environment fuelled by LOVE.

We are proud to provide a safe yet challenging, well-resourced environment to meet the developmental needs of all children enrolled in our service.

We value exploration and discovery and actively encourage children to express their creativity, ask questions, try new ideas, and develop their problem-solving skills.

We acknowledge and embrace the cultural diversity of our communities and enjoy honouring a wide variety of celebrations and traditions. Fun and LAUGHTER are an important part of our day.

Children are recognised and valued as individuals as we support them to build on their individual strengths, interests, gifts and talents, and encourage them in developing independence and personal responsibility.

Our programmes are designed to equip children as capable and competent learners, ready to take their place in the wider world and include Montessori based learning experiences with special focus on transition to school.

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