Kia ora from Aspiring Beginnings Early Learning Centre

We are your local early learning centre:

  • For children from 3 months of age
  • With a small family focused environment for up to 40 children
  • Established by the community & still owned by the community
  • With a  ‘not for profit’ centre, any profits go back into children’s quality education
  • Open from 8.45am until 4.30pm, 47 weeks of the year

Whanau Breakfast

We were able to celebrate healthy eating with our families at a whanau breakfast on Wednesday 29th June. Community involvement is important to us at Aspiring Beginnings and we are appreciative of families taking the time from their busy lives to share kai and conversation. We all agree that the teachers did an amazing job, preparing a variety of breakfast options.

The Otago Masonic Charitable Trust


Thank you to “chairperson Chrissy” as the governance representative for Aspiring Beginnings, for collecting our successful grant of $3,200 at the Otago Masonic lodge presentation. This money will be used to purchase one air conditioning unit to improve the quality of heating in our centre.





Mini Muscles for Aspiring Beginnings

Once again thank to Raewyn from Mini Muscles for organising a special Mini muscles outing for the kaho children of Aspiring Beginnings. The children had such a wonderful time learning about movement of their bodies. Thank you also to “Yello” for transporting the children in the big yellow bus.

Aspiring Beginnings visit the goldfish

A hidden treasure just down the road from AB’s is a private fish pond and the toddlers of AB’s were able to go and visit. There were so many fish all extremely keen to nibble on our bread. There was even time to explore amongst the garden. Once again thank you to the parent helpers for making this excursion possible.




Ruby Island excursion for AB’s tipus

Aspiring Beginnings took our infant and toddlers on an excursion to explore Ruby island. Thank you to our wonderful fathers, Aaron Rawson & Adam Hawkins, for helping with the transportation by boat and participating in the exploring.

We are so privileged to live in such a unique environment linking our lifestyle into our learning.

Parenting with respect








Click here to be directed to a wonderful website called Peaceful parents, Confident Kids. Their aim is to share inspirational, everyday stories and tips with the hope to encourage you on your own respectful and peaceful parenting journey.

A&P show excursion

Another enjoyable visit to the annual A&P show. This year it was the younger children who went to visit the animals. our entries and the all time favourite “the machinery”. Thank you to the wonderful parent’s who come along to help.

Northlakes Duathlon

1524726_1428492440721001_118644450_nRain did little to dampen the enthusiasm of 140 children who ran, cycled and slide to the finish line to collect their medal.

Well done to all the contestants.

Thank you to all the families for supporting our fundraising BBQ & bake stall.

A special thank you to Braden & Sally Currie for allowing us the opportunity to be part of this wonderful event.


News Flash….Healthy heart award for Aspiring Beginnings

gold awardWe are very excited to announce that our centre has earned an excellence award from the Heart Foundation for promoting healthy eating and physical activity.

“Wanaka Live….26/3/2015 – Aspiring Beginnings Early Learning Centre was presented with a ‘Pā-Harakeke’ gold star Healthy Heart Award yesterday. The free programme, which is partially funded by the Ministry of Health and WellSouth Primary Health Network, helps early childhood education services create environments which promote healthy eating and physical activity to under-fives and their families.

Aspiring Beginnings senior teacher Jen Rawson said she and her team are incredibly proud to be receiving the award. “The Gold Healthy Heart Award is a reflection of the high standard of education and care we provide. The children thoroughly enjoy the food from our healthy heart menu and our spacious outdoor environment to promote keeping active,” she said.

Heart Foundation health promotion coordinator Stella O’Connor said the staff and children of Aspiring Beginnings had worked hard to achieve their award.

“Since engaging with the Heart Foundation programme, the centre cook Elizabeth Horrell has completely reviewed the menu to exclude processed meats and reduce the items with added sugar. She has really embraced planning and preparing a variety of healthy foods for the children, who are also encouraged to get hands-on with the preparation,” Stella said. “They have an amazing garden and enter the A&P Show promoting back to basics gardening to the wider community.”

Stella says the centre is doing a great job of spreading the message about what it means to eat healthily and be active.

Public Health Nurse Snippets – 2015

Enclosed you will find a series of hints recommended by the Public Health Nurse on the following topics:

Pedestrian safety
Driveway safety
Bike safety
Quad bike safety
Water safety
Child Restraints
Toilet tips
Head lice
Preventing child illness 
When to keep your child at home
Coughs and Colds
Breakfast time 
Healthy eating – breakfast, sugary drinks and activities
Speech / Language Development
B4 School Checks

2015 calendar of Public Health Events Continue reading 'Public Health Nurse Snippets – 2015'»

Dr Compost Workshop’s using our garden


Thank you “Sky City”

SKYCITY-Queenstown-Casino-logoEight years ago we started the process of enclosing our verandah area. Now thanks to the generous financial support from Sky City Queenstown, we are excited to extend the option of continuous outdoor play (regardless of the weather) for our Tipu children.

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Thank you also to Scott from Shade Plus Wanaka for organising the installation Shade-Sails-Central-Otago1during our Christmas closedown.

Christmas closedown

The Aspiring Beginnings teaching team
and tamariki are all currently on holiday’s
and look forward to welcoming new
members to our community centre on
Tuesday 20th January 2015.

Raffle results

On behalf of the governance of Aspiring Beginnings Early Learning Centre, a huge thank you to the Upper Clutha Communtiy for supporting our Christmas raffle to purchase heat pumps for the centre.

1st – Justin Reidwon a huge grocery hamper and canvas wheelbarrow

2nd – Nigel McCallum; won a treble Cone first time package x 2

3rd – Sonya Sawyers; won a care package with a Nova beauty Therapy voucher, Leigh Fountain spray tan, Relishes voucher and Mons Royale bodywear

4th – Julie Jolly; won a gourmet treats hamper

5th – Jane McPhall; won a kids package with a Cherry May voucher, Soul Clothing kids shoes, ice-block maker and frisbee.

6th – Simon; won an outside sports voucher and icebreaker flexi-chute.

PLUS 13 other lucky spot prize winners.


How Awesome – “Congratulations to everyone”

EnviroschoolsWe are very pleased to announce that we have proudly completed our Enviroschools reflection to silver level. The Enviroschools Programme is a unique sustainability journey.  Through exploration and discovery, tamariki and students develop learning and language, care and creativity, relationships and responsibilities suited to their developmental stage. What emerges is a connection with nature and a sense of belonging to the environment and community.

Through these connections with the environment tamariki and students can consider the world we are a part of, and look to how we make decisions to improve the physical and social environment of our places, our community and our world.

A huge thank you to our families & the teachers with a special mention to Maegan, Sarah & Simon for the many hours of preparation & planning to make this happen.



Giant robot spider

Though exploration of technology the giant spider needs your creative thinking. Have you spare widgets to help with my development? ……I love nuts, bolts, chains & old technology or recycled things……Smile  Hope to see you soon with your tools and awesome skills.

This is how Nick thought I might look but the children know better!

Press release – Upper Clutha Children’s Medical Trust


The Upper Clutha Children’s Medical trust is very pleased to announce that as from 10th November 2014, the Trust  will provide funding for GP consultations for children aged 6 years to 12 years, with the proviso that the child’s family must be resident in the Upper Clutha region, which includes, Wanaka, Hawea, Makarora, Tarras, Queensberry, and Cardrona and be registered with either The Wanaka Medical Centre or The Aspiring Medical Centre.

They must also come within the Trust’s criteria, which is to be able to demonstrate financial hardship.  Any family that receives ‘ Working For Families ’ or other similar financial assistance from government or other sources will be included in the programme.

The Doctors have the discretion to use the Trust funding if a family does not receive Working For Families but they are aware the financial resources of the family are limited and the cost of consultation is likely to result in genuine hardship for the family.                                                      Continue reading 'Press release – Upper Clutha Children’s Medical Trust'»

Help feed the animals when we are closed

To ensure the safety and well-being of our animals it is important that they regularly receive visits; especially when we are closed. At least once a day would be a minimum.

We have a roster and request that every family nominate at least one weekend to help out.

Continue reading 'Help feed the animals when we are closed'»

DR Compost Spring Workshop

Dr Compost WorkshopsOnce again we are pleased to be hosting the DR Compost Spring Garden Workshop.

Don’t miss these informative workshops from local composting guru Ben Elms. And they’re free, thanks to funding from QLDC to reduce organic waste in the landfill.




Get composting – healthy soil grows healthy plants, and the best way to feed your soil is by composting your kitchen and garden waste. After this workshop you’ll know which composting system will suit you best and how to make it hum.

Easy ways to compost at home
Tuesday 21st October, 6-8pm
Aspiring Beginnings, Warren St


Spring Seed Swap

Spring seed swap

Sun Protection

sun protection

Snow Day – 23rd Sept 2014

Another successful snow day thanks to Snowdriftas. Every year you delight the children when you deilver the truck load of snow.

Active movement – On your marks – series 2

Active Movement


The attached flyer from “Active Movement” is the second of four in the “On your Marks Moment programme. This is a summary of the key ‘On Your Marks’ messages of the fundamental movement skills.

Treble Cone TC Cat – thank you for coming to visit

Being a town full of ski bunnies we were extremely excited that TC Cat was able to take time away from the mountain to come and visit the tamariki. They all had a turn sitting on his knee asking questions about skiing and how much longer the snow will last at Treble Cone skifield. Hopefully we can continue to enjoy the successful ski season until the scheduled closure date of Sunday 28th September. The children love sharing their skiing experiences and we enjoy looking at the photos and watching the videos. Keep adding them to your child’s “journy of learning” on Educa.

Treble Cone TC cat



Fathers day morning tea

After having a special mothers day in May, we invited the fathers of the tamariki to join us for morning tea. The committee offered bacon & egg butties and coffee for $10. It was awesome to see so many of our fathers were able to come along. The children thoroughly enjoyed being able to share in the celebrations.

Family photography sessions with Nina Henderson



Please take advantage of the opportunity to have family shoots with local photographer Nina Henderson ( She specialises in various types of photography and her style is professional, discreet, creative and fun and offers you warm, emotional images that are both natural and beautiful.

Saturday 13th September between 9-11am and 2-4pm at the very picturesque Wanaka Station Park.

For your $75 you will receive a 15min one on one session, and afterwards a collection of high resolution images on disc to keep.

Limited spaces so please book early, completing the booking form below: 

(This event has been rescheduled for Saturday 20th, please ring 034431181 to confirm booking availability)


Leigh Cooper Designs

Thank you to Leigh Cooper
for helping to make this possible.

Active movement – ‘On your marks’ series 1

Active Movement Moments_Eye Movement_A4

The attached flyer from “Active Movement” is the first of four in the “On your Marks Moment programme. This is a summary of the key ‘On Your Marks’ messages of the fundamental movement skills.

Every family helps one weekend a year


Following the committee meeting held on 12th August….the committee would like to advise AB’s families that the care of our animals is vitally important to the success of the teaching programme offered at Aspiring Beginnings. To support this, the committee has established a weekend roster for the care of our pre school animals and grounds maintenance.

Every AB’s family has been allocated a weekend throughout the year on the foyer calendar. Please look to see which weekend you have been scheduled. If this doesn’t work, you have the option of swapping with another family. Every family is only required to do this once during the year if everyone helps.

The cupboard near the door on the verandah has the pet supplies and instructions. Most importantly the guinea pigs, rabbit and chickens all need fresh food and water once a day, for each day closed, to survive!

The committee also would like each family to help with basic ground maintenance. The list of duties is displayed on the foyer calendar. Families will be required to at least:
  • Sweep around the sand pit,
  • Remove sand from the grass,
  • Sweep the paths of debris,
  • Rake mulch under swings,
  • plus whatever other duties are on the foyer calendar.
As we move into spring/summer this may include weeding and mowing lawns, as we are still trying to establish a regular ground maintenance helper. You will receive a reminder phone call from a committee member when your weekend is approaching who will also advise lock combinations for hutches. The following Monday families need to sign the calendar to confirm their attendance during the weekend.
We are a family focused centre and encourage you all to be involved. Thank you in advance for your support.
The Aspiring Beginnings ELC
Governance Committee


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Rapunzel – Wanaka Primary School

Singing, drama and role-play have all been strong interests of the Kaho children lately.  The teachers have noticed children wanting to listen and dance to a variety of songs, enjoying ‘acting out’ songs such as Five Little Monkeys (jumping on the bed) and Five Little Speckled Frogs as well as lots of super hero games and roles from movies that the children have watched.  To support the children’s interest we arranged for a small group of children to travel up to Wanaka Primary School to watch a play ‘Rap-unzel’  by a visiting theatre group, New Zealand Playhouse.

The show told the story of Rapunzel, who with the voice of Lady Gaga, the dance moves of Beyonce, and the hair of ……. Rapunzel, is tipped to be the hot favourite to win ‘A Land Far Far Away’s Got Talent With X Factor Idol’.  But Rapunzel finds herself in trouble as she refuses to sign her contract with ruthless ‘moosic producer’ Simon ‘Cow’.


Safely set, ready and waiting, everyone was so excited about travelling together in the taxi and as we drove through town there was lots of talk about places the children had been (ie, the garage and the carwash), recalling that we were travelling down the same road we had walked just a week earlier on excursion to the library, which roads needed to be taken to get to a certain house, shop or business and so on. The children showed they know a lot about the town they live in.

In the hall the primary school had made space for us to sit right up the front – we have the perfect space from which to watch this most entertaining show.  What a great outing…