At the start of Term One, the Pahiatua Early Learning Centre opened its doors at the previous Pahiatua Kindergarten site.
The ELC has been created to offer the town’s families with more choice in ECE. Operating Monday to Friday, 7.30am – 5.30pm, the facility has been refurbished both inside and out to cater for children aged 0-5 years.
Licensed for up to 18 under twos, the facility includes a separate indoor area, sleeping room, age-appropriate toys, and specific learning resources for the younger children.
The previous Pahiatua Kindergarten community’s fundraising efforts for a redesign of the outdoor learning environment have been used in the relicensed centre and a new sandpit and flying fox are particular highlights for all of the children.
Open all year, with the exception of statutory holidays and the days in between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, the community-based facility also encourages parents to be actively involved in their child’s education.
Led by Centre Manager and fully qualified teacher, Jacki Jensen, the ELC is staffed by qualified and registered teachers, as well as teachers in training, including 19 year-old Jeremy - who responded to a recent job vacancy.
“In a traditionally female dominated sector, it’s great to have someone of Jeremy’s calibre and enthusiasm,” says Jacki. “Interaction with a male role model from an early age can make a huge difference to many of our children.”
Within weeks of opening, enrolments rose to 45 and the centre is now a bustle of busy young learners.