Welcome to our Centre
At Seashells Early Childhood Centre, we provide a ‘home away from home’, nurturing and cosy environment, where your child receives meaningful care, as well as personalised learning and development. We are open 8.00am-4.30pm, Monday – Friday, with spacious indoor and outdoor play areas and wonderful indoor/outdoor flow. Nestled in behind the shops, in the stunning Northland beachside town of Coopers Beach; Seashells offer excellent care & education for local families in the community.
- Being just a short walk to the beach, we regularly go on beach walks to explore the environment and take back resources to use in the centre
- We often go out into the community for walks and regular excursions
- We pride ourselves on promoting strong relationships with whānau that build a sense of whanaungatanga
- We see children as independent learners who are confident and competent and we strive to encourage social competence within children and promote tuakana/teina relationships
- We hold strong our values of Manaakitanga (care, love and nurture), Maia (confidence and competence), Arahina (leadership), Hiringa (determination and perserverance) and Whanaungatanga (relationships)
Your child will love our separate Nursery & Toddler and Preschool areas, all well laid out for fun and learning at every age and stage, including family play, art area, as well as quiet space for reading and reflection. There’s also plenty of natural resources with space to explore.
We are fortunate to have our very own centre cook 5 days a week who prepares nutritious & delicious meals for all of our enrolled children within the centre; morning-tea, lunch, afternoon tea and late snack.
At Seashells, our experienced teachers are warm, welcoming and fun. They guide our tamariki to engage in challenging experiences and treat all children with respect, providing equal opportunities to ensure your child gets the best start in life.
Parents love the rich sense of community that we instill within the centre, and our curriculum at Seashells reflects our philosophy for strong relationships. We values input from parents, teachers, whānau, children and our wonderful community.
"Jack loves Seashells and his teachers/aunties!! (So much so that he keeps inviting them for dinner! - Chicken nuggets anyone?). He has come so far at Seashells, it’s awesome and I’m so pleased with his growth!! Thanks girls!! You are ALL AWESOME! #TUMEKE #WHANAU Friends are the family we choose for ourselves!"
"We love Seashells and would highly recommend them to anyone who's looking for a childcare centre. Hunter has been going here since he was 1 and he loves it. The staff are super friendly and very accommodating! The layout of the rooms separating the age groups is also a great idea."
"My son has been going to Seashells for almost 2 years now and he has learnt a lot, feels very comfortable and is confident. The teachers are lovely, friendly and always tell me about my son's day was. I also love that they let children explore things, children take part in cooking, baking, gardening and many other activities. Thank you so much teachers, I know whenever I leave my son in the morning, he is in safe hands."
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We understand that your child’s education & care is a priority and that choosing the right centre can be a big decision. We would be delighted to share in your child’s learning journey. Feel welcome to contact us in whichever way is most convenient for you, or visit our centre and meet our Teaching Team!