Kia Ora, we are a community owned early learning centre, based in Timaru, New Zealand

Creative Corner Early Learning Centre is a long-established community-based service. Our Centre was initially established to meet the needs of people working in the State Sector in South Canterbury and is now open to everyone in the community. We provide full-day early childhood education and care for up to 50 children from birth to school age. Our children are cared for in two rooms, the Kaka room for infants and toddlers and the Pukeko room for young children. Almost all the staff are qualified teachers.

In February 2014 the Centre moved into a new purpose-built facility on the grounds of the Timaru Girls' High School. Here, children play and learn in spacious well resourced areas. The outdoor area is constantly under development and there was a deliberate decision to include children’s ideas in how it will be designed.

100 Creative Corner Early Learning Centre Exterior

We are a registered charity, governed by our Board of Trustees

Our Centre is governed by a Board of Trustees made up of parents of children attending the Centre. The daily operation of the Centre is the responsibility of the Manager, Head Teacher and everyone in the teaching team. The Board of Trustees meets monthly to develop and approve policy, set the strategic direction for the Centre, provides support and guidance to the Management team and ensures that the Centre is meeting the needs of the children attending and their families/whanau.

We are a registered charity, all donations received are Tax Deductible.

Charity name: Creative Corner Early Learning Centre
Number registration: CC22099
Status: Registered
Date registered 25/03/2008

We provide early childhood education to give our children the knowledge, skills, abilities to be active life-long learners. Our objective is to provide quality childcare that is responsive to the needs of the community and reflects the culture of the families/whanau of the children attending. The vision is achieved through the following strategic goals:

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 (Te Whariki-He Whariki Matauranga mo nga Mokopuna o Aotearoa). We believe New Zealand has a unique bi-cultural heritage and we endeavour to reflect this at every level of our work. People of all backgrounds and cultures are welcomed, accepted and respected. We provide an inclusive environment that develops and promotes positive relationships between all those within our community.

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We are are proud of our low teacher to child ratios: 1:3.5 in the under 2's and 1:7 in our over 2's. We employ only trained and registered teachers or those currently in training.

"The teachers who work with infants and toddlers have been chosen for their specific expertise and passion for working with this age group. Teachers have caring and supportive relationships with infants and toddlers. This is shown through close contact, touching, gentle care, smiles, nurturing and the calm, slow pace of their work. Teachers talk with infants and toddlers about what is going to happen next and give them time to understand and accept what is being done. They recognise and respond to infants’ and toddlers’ non-verbal communication... .Teachers work closely with the children’s parents to find out about their individual needs. Care and effort is put into infants’ transition into the centre and building parents’ and children’s sense of belonging and wellbeing. When children with diverse needs attend the centre the teachers adapt the programme to ensure they are fully included... .Teachers work very well together as a team to support each child’s learning and wellbeing. Infants and toddlers regularly hear te reo Māori and waiata. A teacher with strengths in te reo and tikanga Māori supports other teachers’ skills." - ERO 2014 report

MANAGER

BTchLn Primary, DIPLOMA OF TEACHING AND LEARNING (EARLY CHILDHOOD)
Joined Creative Corner: February 2015

HEAD TEACHER

BACHELOR OF TEACHING AND LEARNING (EARLY CHILDHOOD)
Joined Creative Corner: February 2010                                                                

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Joined Creative Corner: April 2012

TEACHER

DIPLOMA OF TEACHING AND LEARNING (EARLY CHILDHOOD)
Joined Creative Corner: March 1992

TEACHER

BACHELOR OF TEACHING AND LEARNING&NBSP (EARLY CHILDHOOD)
Joined Creative Corner: January 1990

TEACHER

BACHELOR OF TEACHING AND LEARNING (EARLY CHILDHOOD)
Joined Creative Corner: April 2000

TEACHER

DIP OF TEACHING (EARLY CHILDHOOD)
Joined Creative Corner: August 2015

TEACHER

DIPLOMA OF TEACHING AND LEARNING (EARLY CHILDHOOD), BACHELOR OF ARTS

Joined Creative Corner: September 2017

TEACHER

BACHELOR OF TEACHING AND LEARNING (EARLY CHILDHOOD)
Joined Creative Corner: September 2015

TEACHER IN TRAINING

Joined Creative Corner: November 2016

TEACHER

DIPLOMA OF TEACHING (EARLY CHILDHOOD)
Joined Creative Corner: May 2014

TEACHER

BACHELOR OF TEACHING AND LEARNING (EARLY CHILDHOOD)
Joined Creative Corner: July 2008

TEACHER

BACHELOR OF TEACHING AND LEARNING (EARLY CHILDHOOD)
Joined Creative Corner: June 2017