Kia ora!

BEL ELC HT Cromwell

Kia ora!

I'm Kate, Centre Manager of Cromwell Early Learning Centre. I've been a part of the Barnardos whānau for over 9 years and can't wait to welcome your family into our community.

About this centre

Cromwell Early Learning Centre is a safe, nurturing and welcoming environment with spacious areas to stimulate and develop your child’s natural curiosities.

  • Your child will be inspired and stimulated by our rich array of play-based experiences in our indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • Our tamariki love to look after our budgies and zebra finches in our aviary.  They also tend to our edible garden, play in the secret cave and explore our community.

  • We are proud to hold a Healthy Heart award for our commitment to early learning, health and wellbeing.

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0–5 years

Individualised support, guidance and resources

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Flexible hours

Open 8:00am-5:00pm with part or full day options

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Large outdoors

Spacious, secure and fun environment

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Nutritious meals

Cooked lunch provided everyday

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Affordable fees

20 free ECE hours available for children 3+ years

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Expertise and knowledge

Experienced in early childhood for over 40 years

More about us

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Our aim is to create the best conditions for your child's learning, wellbeing and care. We also know how important it is to give you the convenience you need and reassurance that your child is in safe hands. Our central location, loving team and tailored environment are all waiting to be discovered by your whānau.

Part and Full day options, and Storypark - our online parent communication tool, are just some of the ways we try to make things a little easier for parents. Local excursions, delicious meals and fun activities are just the beginning when it comes to being the best we can be for your child. 

Engaging environment

Our happy and nurturing environment will inspire, stimulate and empower your child to learn in their own unique way. The outdoor spaces challenge and excite the imagination, while our spacious and light filled indoor areas offer room for reading, rest, and engaging indoor learning experiences. Our children love the sandpit, playing dressups, with puzzles, singing waiata and enjoying the many natural play areas they have to discover.

Staff who nurture and inspire

Our qualified and experienced teachers are committed to caring for and nurturing your child. They build a strong connection with each child throughout their early learning journey and go out of their way to ensure every child feels supported and their unique needs are met. 

Our teachers create positive opportunities for your child to develop physically, mentally and emotionally. They help guide your child as they navigate new friendships, master new skills and build independence and resilience to get ready for school and lay the foundations for lifelong learning.

Connecting with the outdoors

We only know who we are, by knowing where we come from. That's why building a strong connection with nature and our local community is so important. We believe it helps your child develop a sense of belonging and identity and positively influences their learning experiences.

We're so lucky to have so many wonderful options on our doorstep here in Cromwell. We grow our own vegetable and herbs in our garden and have weekly local activities we enjoy. 

Nutrition and wellbeing

We strive to provide nutritious and delicious meals and snacks to support physical and mental development. We encourage healthy eating habits and offer a balanced menu to keep your child well fueled throughout the day. The children also love being involved and we use the vegetables and herbs we grow, in our meals.

Your child will enjoy:

  • Morning snack
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon snack

Our centre is nut free and we're happy to cater for any allergy or other dietary requirements as required.

Fees and subsidies

We want to make your child's early learning and care experience as affordable as possible. We are a not for profit organisation, so everything we do goes back into supporting your child, the centre and our community. 

Our fees include:

  • Quality education, care and activities provided by our team of teachers
  • Healthy cooked lunch and snacks
  • Local outings

View Cromwell centre fees

Did you know you may eligible for fee and ECE subsidies?

Learn more about fees and subsidies

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Learning through play

Our team of teachers are guided by Te Whariki – NZ’s Early Childhood Curriculum. They work closely with your child and respond to their unique curiosities by creating an environment that is reflective of each child's needs.

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Connecting with whānau

Our whole community benefits from families and whanau being involved in our centre and their children's learning. Connecting with you via Storypark and celebrating festivals are just some of the ways we include families and whānau.

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Community Connection

From growing their own veggies and herbs in our veggie patch to local excursions in the community, we constantly look for ways for your child to explore the connection between their community, their environment and themselves.

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Stay in touch with Storypark

We use Storypark to record and communicate learning as it happens via photos, video, audio and observations within a secure online environment. Parents and whānau can receive instant feedback and plan new ways to extend their child’s unique interests and abilities.

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“Our son has recently started and he is incredibly happy and settled. He always has positive stories from his day and wants to race through the door! Our family is extremely happy with our choice.”

Kirsty Cromwell

“Great staff, friendly services, children are safe and cared for like at home, great play experiences.”

Rachael Cromwell

“Amazing people and amazing for my child. He has learnt so much, they’ve always been helpful with me too.”

Sarah Cromwell
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