• Why Gumdrops

Boutique Early Childhood Education

Children in our centres don’t have to compete for equipment, space and teacher time. We have more teachers than the Ministry of Education recommends to respond to children and provide stimulating experiences for them. Infants are able to develop secure attachments to just one or two adults compared to the four or more that they may be cared for by in larger centres. Your child will be one of dozens, not hundreds. We will know their name, their interests, and your aspirations for them.

Children are naturally drawn to messy play, so we provide lots of opportunities for them to explore and learn through sensory experiences.

You can choose the hours that work for you and your family. We don’t have set sessions and we charge on an hourly basis.

Our buildings were originally built as family homes, and we are proud to continue to fill them with the love and laughter of family life. There is plenty of room both indoors and out for our children to move around in and enjoy. Spaces are welcoming and have lots of natural light and ventilation reducing the risk of disease transmission.

If you just want rote ABC learning we’re not the place for you, but if you’re looking for a loving, caring, encouraging, nurturing, creative and explorative environment that will TRULY set your children up for success in school (and at home) then please come to visit.

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

If you’re looking for a preschool centre that offers an hourly rate and flexible timetable, get in touch with us today.

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