Montana Early Learning Centre

Montana Early Learning Centre


Opened in May 2006, Montana Early Learning Centre specialises in the care and education of children from birth to 5 years, and is licensed for 35 children. The centre is divided into three specially designed indoor and outdoor areas for children from birth to 15-18 months, 15-18 months to 4¼ years and 4¼ to 5 years. It is situated at 31 Montana Ave and open from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Montana Early Learning Centre is student owned and governed and is open to children of students, staff and the community. WINZ childcare subsidies are available to those who meet the income thresholds, and prices are affordable to accommodate students' budgets. 20 hrs ECE is available for children over 3 years.

The centre has excellent teacher:child ratios (1:3 for birth-1 year olds, 1:4 for 1-3 year olds, 1:8 for 3-5 year olds) which are above the required government ratios. Teachers are passionate about early childhood education and follow children's learning and development throughout the programme with documentation in each child's profile book. The centre's programme is based on the Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whaariki, which provides opportunities for children to grow and develop holistically.

Montana teachers' practice is influenced by the RIE/Pikler philosophies. Each child, when they start, is assigned a key teacher, who will be their support person and primarily responsible for their caregiving moments. Primary caregiving creates consistency, which builds a sense of belonging and trust. From this secure base children can confidently explore and learn.

The centre's strong culture is based on committed teachers who value each other, children and their families, and includes celebrations and warm, reciprocal interactions and relationships. Children benefit from regular excursions around the University, where they enjoy feeding ducks, taking an interest in nature and the care of the environment, and taking part in other exciting things that happen on campus, visits to the UCSA Ilam Early Learning Centre, and Barrington Library and playground

Business Hours

Monday - Friday: 8am to 5pm


31 Montana Ave, Ilam.
Postal PO box 31-311, Ilam, ChCh 8444


Head Teacher/Administrator
Phone: (03) 364 3968 or 364 2652 ext 3968
Fax: (03) 351 5480


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