• Gumdrops Early Learning Collective

    Where it’s great to be small

    Our Locations

Since 2004, Gumdrops Early Learning Collective has embraced Christchurch families from a diverse range of backgrounds. We believe that children learn best within a warm, family atmosphere, so that’s what we offer.

Boutique Early Childhood Education

Our small, boutique centres provide good old-fashioned personalised care and education for every one of our tamariki so that they have a happy childhood with lots of positive memories.

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Free-play, messy play — we do the clean up!

What could be more fun than getting messy! We embrace your child’s natural sense of fun, encouraging them to explore and learn through messy play.

children outdoor messy play-Gumdrops Early Learning Centre-Christchurch

Our core values

Families come first. Small numbers nurture happy children. Happy children are open to learning. Learning is a lifetime journey. The journey begins with family.

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Our locations

Our centres are based in the heart of our local community and make it easy for families to bring their children to learn through play.

Bishopdale –
Gumdrops Early Learning Centre

Halswell –
Halswell Preschool

Strowan –
Elmwood Preschool

About us

Kate McKenzie is our Centre Kaiwhiwhi and she has been working with children for over thirty years. Her passion for lifelong learning means that she has worked in a variety of settings in England and New Zealand.

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