Te Whare Kōhungahunga o Montana

Montana Early Learning Centre specialises in the respectful care and education of tamariki/children from birth to five years and is licensed for 35 tamariki. The centre is divided into three developmentally appropriate indoor and outdoor areas which meet the needs of our children and their continual learning.

The Nursery is designed for infants aged up to around 18 months, with a maximum of four pēpi/babies at any one time. The fully qualified teacher’s practice is inspired by the RIE and Pikler approaches to early learning, and based on secure attachment, responsive caregiving and freedom of movement and play in an inviting and engaging environment.

Our large toddler area caters for busy toddlers aged from 18 months till around four years. Our qualified teachers continue with the same approach as the nursery, with key teachers supporting the holistic learning and development of each individual child. Tamariki are free to choose from a wide variety of play activities which support their physical, social, and cognitive development.

Our pre-school area aims to provide a learning environment that is interactive, engaging and relevant to the children’s interests. This helps promote cognitive, social and emotional growth through both teacher-directed play and child-lead play. As this is a specialised area, one of the key focuses is to support our children as best we can for their transition to school. There is a strong focus on developing the fundamental social and co-operative skills that will create a solid foundation for their future learning and relationship building. We also aim to introduce some of the concepts learnt in their first year of primary school, however our main priority is to allow children to problem solve through their play and for children to take charge of their own learning.

Montana’s strong culture of aroha/love and respect is based on our committed team of teachers who value the warm, communicative relationships they have with each other, the children and their parents and whānau. We appreciate the unique bicultural heritage of Aotearoa and also the richness and diversity of our multi-cultural community. As part of the University we have access to the beautiful grounds and gardens, and we often go on expeditions around campus.


Opening Hours

Monday - Friday: 8am to 5pm



Montana’s hours are based on the needs of our student parents, so we can be a bit flexible. There are two core sessions 9am-12pm (morning) and 12pm-3pm (afternoon). These can be extended earlier in the morning and later in the afternoon, by 15 minute increments if required.

The centre is open right through the year, closing down for public holidays and a three week break over the Christmas and New Year period.


Rates for Montana Early Learning Centre

 StudentsStaff & Community Users
Under 3Over 3Under 3 Over 3
Hourly Rate (outside of sessional hours)$6.20$6.60$7.00$7.50
Long Day Weekly Rate$230$292
($160 if using 20 hours ECE)
($170 if using 20 hours ECE)
Long Day: 8 - 5$58.60$59.40$65$67.50
Morning: 9:00 - 12:00
Afternoon: 12:00 - 3:00
Short Day Weekly Rate$200$198
($66 if using 20 hours ECE)
($75 if using 20 hours ECE)
Short Day: 9:00 - 3:00$40$39.60$44$45

Contact us

Head Teacher or Centre Coordinator
Email: montanaelc@ucsa.org.nz
Landline: 033690585
Mobile: 0272051563


31 Montana Avenue (corner of Ilam Rd)
Postal Address: PO Box 31-311, Ilam, Christchurch 8041


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