Welcome to Abberley Park

A warm and inviting centre for your child

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 for our 2 year olds and Fern Room for children 3-6.

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.

  • Address
    60 Ranfurly Street, St Albans
    Christchurch, 8014
  • Hours
    Monday to Friday, 7:30am – 5:30pm
  • Phone
    03 355 4614
  • Email
    abberleypark@xtra.co.nz
cash, credit card

Meet our staff

Caring people who are passionate about early learning education

Robyn Ryan

Head Teacher

Full time

Montessori Diploma ECE

Kia Ora. I am the owner of Learning Curves Montessori and have been teaching since 2000. I am passionate about quality Early Childhood Education that focuses on each child's unique desire to learn. I want our environment to be full of rich experiences for children and families, where we work in collaboration together. Children will become independent, courageous and have a love of learning are some of my beliefs

Rachael Murray

Full time

Diploma of Teaching ECE. Diploma Montessori ECE

Racheal has been with Learning Curves for 14 years now and brings a wealth of knowledge of child development and Montessori

Sarah Mather

Full time

Bachelor of Teaching, In training Montessori Diploma 3-6 years

Kia ora e te whānau, ko Sarah Mather taku ingoa. I graduated from Canterbury university in 2016 with a graduate diploma in teaching and learning. Originally, I planned to work as a teacher in primary school but quickly changed my mind after I relieved in various preschools throughout Christchurch. What changed my mind was noticing the children I was working with (aged 2-6) experienced real joy when learning or accomplishing something new. My first experience of a montessori preschool was as a reliever at Redwood Learning Curves. This centre was so different to other preschools I had worked at as children worked well setting up their activities and settled themselves into their work. This student led learning is something I really enjoy as children are interested and enjoying what they are doing and this created authenticity in their learning. I look forward to getting to know all your children and helping them in their journey. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Sarah

Monica Yates

Part time

Bachelor of Teaching ECE

My name is Monica Yates. I am a fully registered early childhood teacher here at Abberley Park. I have a bachelors degree in early childhood education and am starting my Montessori diploma this year. I am passionate about the RIE approach and the Montessori philosophy, which I am excited to learn more about this year. I believe unhurried time with children and respectful practice are very important. I am also a mother to a 2 year old boy Ronan, who I have full time in my care. I work part time hours here at Abberely.

Amber Cooke

Head Teacher

Full time

Bachelor of Teaching ECE

Kia ora e te whānau, ko Amber Cooke taku ingoa. I graduated from Te Rito Maioha, Early Childhood, in 2015 with a diploma in teaching and learning, early childhood. Whilst I studied I worked here at Learning Curves, Abberley Park, 4 days a week. Being fortunate enough to learn a lot about the Montessori philosophy during these three years. Once I graduated I then went on to work in a free play centre for three years. Then recently just returning home from working and traveling in the UK in April. I look forward to getting to know all your children and helping them in their journey. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa.

Geneva Fraser

Full time

Montessori Teacher in Training

Kia ora whānau, I am originally from Christchurch and I have spent the last seven years living and working in Sydney. Now back in Christchurch I am studying towards a Graduate Diploma of Teaching with Te Rito Maioha. I am really looking forward to getting to know all of you.

Bonnie-Jane Denton

Part time

Bachelor of Teaching

Tena koutou katoa, Ko Bonnie toku ingoa, Ko Learning Curves toku kura. I hold my full registration and Bachelor of Early Childhood Education teaching through Auckland University of Technology. I am currently studying for a Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching to become an Early Intervention Teacher. My passion is inclusive education, structuring goals to support the growth and development of individual tamariki based on their needs and interests. In my spare time, I love being with close friends and whare DIY. My husband and I also have a Labradoodle named ‘Razzle’.

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