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
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

Pat Busson

Part time

Diploma of Teaching

My name is Pat Busson. When I began my journey in Early Childhood Education it was in a Playcentre and as time went on I studied for and gained my Diploma in ECE. I still have a great passion for working with these very special little people and enjoy watching them grow and develop strong social and communication skills. I wish for each child to develop the ability to build secure and long lasting relationships with their peers, and grow into the best they can be in whichever field they choose to follow

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

Natalie Canton

Head Teacher

Full time

Bachelor of Teaching ECE Montessori Diploma 0-3 years and 3-6 years

Kia ora, ko Natalie toku ingoa (Hello, my name is Natalie). I discovered Montessori education when my daughter was a pre-schooler. The more I saw and read, the more I became a fan of this very special teaching and learning style. In 2010 I graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood). I completed my North American Montessori 3-6 years Diploma in 2012 and my NAMC 0-3 years Diploma in 2017. I have worked as a teacher at several Christchurch Montessori centres as well as managing both small and larger Montessori preschools. My particular passions are for the prepared Montessori environment, the unique role of the Montessori teacher and Montessori's strong emphasis on a sense of community and social responsibility. I believe that respectful reciprocal partnerships with parents/whanau is one of the major contributors to a successful early childhood experience for children. Please feel free to have a chat or message me if there is anything I can help with.

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

Kia Ora I have returned to Learning Curves after maternity leave and work 2 days a week. I am passionate about children and their care and education.

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