8 Rifleman Street
To provide quality, authentic and meaningful early childhood education for all of our tamariki and their whanau.
To promote a quality learning environment that supports play, with respectful and authentic relationships at the heart of all that we do
We are a purpose built, fully licensed centre, established in 2010. Our centre incorporates 3 separate areas for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. We offer competitive rates, WINZ subsidies and 20 hours ECE education for 3-5 year olds.
At Riverside, building warm, trusting and meaningful relationships is our number one focus and underpins all that we do. We believe that by building these strong relationships between teachers and children and their whanau, and by providing a calm, respectful and caring environment based around free play and exploration, children are able to learn and grown at their own pace and in their own space and will grow as ‘competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society” (Te Whariki 2017). With strong secure relationships, children are emotionally satisfied and it’s only then when they can be ready to engage in quality learning.
Our large, spacious grounds feature open spaces for running and energetic play, an all weather track perfect for riding bikes as well as a ‘mountain’ and 'stream' ideal for numerous activities including snow fun in the winter and boat races in the summer. Our playground equipment is movable so new and exciting challenges are offered regularly. The outdoor area is designed to physically challenge children as well as to inspire their imagination, exploration and creativity.
Our fee structure includes all food. Morning tea, lunch (cooked with a dessert included) afternoon tea and late snack for those staying after 4pm. All of the food that we provide for the children is catered from Double Black Café (just down the road). We have a nutritional menu for the children that consists of delicious scones or muffins (sometimes even a healthy zucchini chocolate cake…) alongside lovely fresh fruit for morning and afternoon teas. And yummy (usually) hot lunches, which is often something like lasagna or fish, served with fresh bread and veges. And fruit and natural yogurt is served as our second course. Yum!
Our kai times are also seen as learning experiences and teachable moments. At our kai times, the children are developing independence – they pour their own water, drink out of glasses, eat off ceramic plates and use stainless steel forks, they put their plates away and wipe their own faces when they are finished eating. The children in the preschool room serve each other their lunches and, in all rooms, the children sit together, along with their teachers, enjoying this dining experience 😊
Our centre is open Monday to Friday, all year round excluding public holidays. We are licensed to operate between 7:30am and 6pm and offer both sessional and full day services for infants from 12 weeks of age up to children ready for school.
'Children learn as they play, most importantly, in play children learn how to learn' O. Fred. Donaldson
Riverside Educare, is located at 8 Rifleman Street, Albert Town, Wanaka and is next door to open landscaped areas featuring a man-made lake and copious planting. It is situated on 3 residential sections in the new Riverside development in Albert Town a few minutes drive out of Wanaka and has ample parking both on and off site.