Before starting my studies I have spent 6 years as an Education Support Worker where I worked alongside special needs children, in the Early Childhood Sector and Primary School. My passion is to support children in their most important years of their learning and development. I am the head teacher and one of the teachers in the Koru Room.
Learning Curves Montessori Abberley Park is a beautifully converted Villa , located at 60 Ranfurly Street, Christchurch. Abberley Park has been in operation since 1988 and joined the Learning Curves group in 1999. It’s opening hours are 7.30 am – 5.30 pm Monday through to Friday and is licensed for 32 children. The centre has 2 rooms, the Koru and Fern Room and has 5 teachers.
The large indoor environment is warm, homely and spacious with two large classrooms. The equipment is child sized with activities displayed neatly on shelves that are easily accessible to children. Children have freedom of choice from the well displayed and equipped classrooms. The walls are vibrant with children’s learning displays and programme planning, ensuring children and families have a sense of belonging and have an understanding of what is happening at the preschool. Our daily programme is focused on fun, positive interactions , learning experiences and communication with children as individuals and as groups.
Outdoor - The play area is very large with gardens, a sandpit, climbing equipment and play house. The homely design encourages and promotes interactions for groups of children as well as quiet spaces for individuals.
As well as offering fundamental Montessori activities our programme encompasses music and movement, water and sand play, art and craft, story time and rhymes, puzzles and blocks. Outdoor environments promote risk taking, gross motor development, turn taking, social interactions and skills, group games, caring for the environment with gardening, creativity in construction and basic fun.
60 Ranfurly Street, St AlbansChristchurch, 8014
- Monday to Friday, 7:30am – 5:30pm
- 03 355 4614
I have always been passionate about working with children and their families so this encouraged me to begin my studies towards my degree in Early Childhood Education at Canterbury University straight out of school. Towards the end of my studies, I was fortunate enough to have worked in a Montessori centre which opened my eyes and heart to the Montessori method of teaching. Watching how well it supported children of all abilities with their learning and life skills helped develop my passion for it. So I enrolled in studying for my Diploma of Montessori Education through Aperfield.
"Hi my name is Sue and I have recently started here at Abberley Park Montessori. I will be looking after your child's profile and thought it would be nice to tell you a little bit about myself. I am originally from England and moved to Australia at the age of five. Growing up in Australia we got to see a lot of the country side travelling around with my Father's job. I then moved to New Zealand with my husband and had my family, a son Brian and daughter Rachel. I have had an exciting career working with children starting in Australia. Coming from a large family with three brothers and three sisters looking after children is something I have always been passionate about. My experience involves volunteering and working in Kindergartens, private and community centres in Australia before moving here to New Zealand. When I moved to Christchurch I worked in a community centre starting my training at the Christchurch College of Education gaining a Diploma of Teaching and Learning. I have worked in a variety of setting within the Early Childhood Sector with Montessori being a new challenge and journey for me. I look forward to my new adventure learning about the different philosophies, visions and values being taught to the children. Please feel free to come and ask me any questions and I look forward to getting to know your children and their families.
I am in my final year of my Diploma of Teaching Early Childhood
“Hi, my name is Jaimee Day. I started working as a Montessori teacher after finishing my Child Psychology and Counselling qualifications, to get more experience with children. Six years later I still love teaching and have no desire to leave. I have worked in a couple of different Montessori preschools in Christchurch where I completed part of my Montessori Diploma as well as working in a Montessori preschool in Johannesburg, South Africa. I have a passion for child development and a strong belief in creating a connection with both children and families. I am currently completing my Graduate Diploma in Teaching and have BA in Education and Psychology, Diploma of Counselling and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education. “