Early Childhood Centre

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Crossroads Early Childhood Centre offers an experienced team of registered teachers and a warm friendly environments for your children.

We offer two programmes, Explorers Playgroup and Bright Ideas. You can learn more about both and our teaching philosophy below.


eXPLORERS playgroup

9:15 - 12:15 Monday-Thursday

Explorers Playgroup is a fun learning environment for 0- 5 year-old children.

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We are a Licensed Early Childhood Centre which can cater for 15 children under 2 years and 25 children over 2 years at each morning  Explorers session.

Registered teachers work alongside you and your children to enable you to actively support and extend your child's learning.

We operate under a Charitable Trust and are a non-profit making organisation. We ask that parents/caregivers donate $5 per child per session or $7 for 2 or more children per family. Contact us for payment plan options and donation certificates.

Call us for more information and arrange for a visit: 06 358 0669


Bright Ideas

Bright Ideas is all day for 2.8-5 year old children.

Session Times:

Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs:  Full Day 9:15am- 3:15pm, Afternoon 12:15pm-3:15pm

Friday: Morning 9:15am-12:15pm, Full Day 9:15am-3:15pm, Afternoon 12:15pm-3:15pm

Children will have the opportunity to develop caring hearts, creative minds, to love learning, know they are unique, and will become prepared for their next adventure.

This programme qualifies for 20 hours of ECE funding for children over 3 years-old. If your child is not yet 3-years old, or you exceed your 20 free hours, the fee is $5 per hour. WINZ subsidies are also available. Enquire at the office.

We request a donation of $10 per term per family. This covers costs for trips, cooking ingredients and other resources.

Call us for more information and arrange for a visit: 06 358 0669


Our Philosophy

Relationships are the foundation on which Crossroads Early Childhood Centre is embedded. 

We provide a welcoming haven, where all families/whānau, children and teachers feel respected, safe, supported, and valued. A place for you, where individuals and relationships can grow and flourish.                                                                                                                                               

Crossroads Early Childhood Centre has a nurturing Christian character where children, families/whānau and teachers are free  to share about their relationship with Jesus.           

We believe that all children are unique and precious to God. We are dedicated to learning about each child, acknowledging their abilities, strengths, interest’s, cultural identity, and affirming who they are and where they come from. We support children to develop the fruits of the spirit in learning and in life.                                                                                                                 

We deliver high quality education in partnership with parents and whānau, creating stimulating, thoughtful, meaningful learning environments where children and whānau can actively engage.                      We acknowledge Māori as tangata whenua (the indigenous people) and commit to building relationships that are in the spirit of partnership, participation and protection.                             


Meet the staff

 
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terri

Centre Leader

I am a born and bred, proud Palmerstonian.  My tribal affiliations are Rangitāne and Ngāti Kahungunu.  I have three adult children and a very patient husband who is always willing to fix the toys!

I have 30 years’ experience working in Early Childhood and am passionate about supporting children, whānau and teachers to succeed and thrive.

When not at the Centre, I can be found singing and dancing around the house or snuggled up with a good book.

 

christine

explorers senior teacher

I joined the teaching team at Crossroads Early Childhood Centre in 2007.  I have a Teaching Diploma (ECE), Kindergarten Diploma, and Full Teacher Certification, with many years of teaching experience.

I love working alongside our parents/caregivers and their children in a stimulating and nurturing environment where we can grow and thrive together.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, music, hitting a ball around the golf course and enjoying the great outdoors.

 
 

jessica

Explorers Teacher

I joined the Crossroads Early Childhood Centre team in 2019.  I work with the Explorers Playgroup session as a qualified teacher.

I am married to Leighton and have two amazing young children, Genevieve and Arthur.  I love baking, spending time with family, and getting involved in craft projects.

 
 

erina

Bright Ideas senior teacher

I was born in Dannevirke and grew up on a farm in Hamua, Pahiatua.  I have over 20 years’ of experience working in Early Childhood and hold a Diploma in Early Childhood Education.  I like to model friendliness, honesty and respect for the environment and people of all walks of life.  I am passionate about children’s growth in learning and supporting them to become competent and confident learners.

I have a beautiful daughter and a loving, supportive husband.  I have a love for mountain biking, hiking, tramping and a newfound liking in trail running.

 

HELENKA

BRIGHT IDEAS TEACHER

I’m a born and bred Palmerston North girl!  I studied a Bachelor of Education (Early Years) at Massey University.  I’ve been part of the Crossroads Early Childhood Centre team since 2017.  I love our community at Crossroads as it’s such a supportive and welcoming place, with a great bunch of children and whānau.

When I’m not at work, I’m wife to Tim and a Mumma to our gorgeous son, Malachi.  In my spare time (what spare time!), I’m often found sitting in a sunny spot reading a book or outside gardening, or chasing Malachi!

 
 

SHARLOTTE

STUDENT TEACHER

I have been working at Crossroads Early Childhood Centre since 2018 as a Student Teacher.  I am studying towards a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE).  I enjoy teaching, learning from the children and being able to share my faith with the families and children who attend our Centre.  I was previously a teacher aide and this has driven me to pursuing a degree in teaching.

I am married to Chris; have an amazing daughter, Elizabeth; and have another little family member due later in 2019.As a family we attend Crossroads Church.When not at work or studying, I enjoy working in the garden or baking.

 

toni

finance administrator

I have been working at Crossroads Early Childhood Centre in an administrative role since 2007.  I was born in Wanganui where I meet my husband Geoff, and we moved to Palmerston North in 1997.  We have two sons which have kept our lives very busy.  I enjoy exercising to music, walking our family dog and fellowshipping at Arise Church, Palmerston North.


 
 

TREENA

oFFICE aDMINISTRATOR

I began working at Crossroads Early Childhood Centre in 2012, and several years before had attended Explorers with my children.  I handle enrolments, keeping families informed of Centre happenings, and a diverse range of other tasks.

I attend Crossroads Church; am married to Glenn and we have three young adult children.

Outside of work I enjoy creating and sewing for my small craft business.

 

MARILYN

kAITIAKI / COMMUNITY CARE WORKER

I provide pastoral care and family support to the Crossroads Early Childhood Centre families. 

My husband Ross and I attend Crossroads Church and we have 4 adult children.

At home I enjoy spending time with family and drawing portraits of pets and people.