Early Learning Centre

We extend a warm welcome and invite you to pop in; meet our experienced, qualified, friendly teachers and see for yourself the benefits for your children and whanau to learn and grow within the bi-cultural YMCA family at the Early Learning Centre in the heart of Maraenui.

Your values and beliefs around caring for your children are important to us and we encourage you to share them with us. We invite you to spend time settling your child into the Centre so this can happen.

Our community based childcare and education is available from 0-6 years of age and based on our international YMCA  values of Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility which supports our philosophy. To view our Centre Philosophy click here

Our Taniwha group is preparing  our 4 year olds  for school.  Our transition to school programme gives our tamariki a head start with numeracy and literacy as well as developing social skills that will make our children confident learners.

Just call 843 6677 or text the Centre 027 6833443 to find out more.

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We offer

30 Free Hours for 3 to 5 year olds
Lunch – we provide a healthy lunch daily
Our Pick-up and drop home service operates morning and afternoon.

Fees are $6 per hour with a full time weekly rate of $200. Please ask us about WINZ subsidy forms and the 20 free hours for 3 – 5 year olds.

Ask about our special Scholarships available to parents seeking work, volunteering, starting to train for work or in need of respite care. Scholarship application click here

WINZ Assistance
Subsidies are available from Work and Income for childcare hours.  WINZ forms are available in the Centre and we will help you to fill them in.  For more information on these subsidies phone WINZ on 0800 559 009 or click here.

We have a Facebook page for the benefit of the Parents and Guardians of the children who attend the Childcare Centre. click here to visit the Facebook page.

Want to join the team? We often have jobs and volunteer roles become available. Please have a look on our Join The Team page.