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

Read our latest news & views below….

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.

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.

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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

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



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

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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…

Excursion to Mini Muscles

On Friday 30th the Tipu tamariki went to Mini Muscles at proactive gym.  They confidently explored the different environment, climbing, sliding, jumping and diving on a variety of equipment and mats. Some danced and moved to the rhythm of the music, others challenged themselves to try something new and see what they could do independently. There was much excitement sharing this with friends! We hope we can go for another visit soon!

Click here to find out what Mini Muscles is…. 


Where can families turn for help?

We thought this article from “The Wanaka Sun” may be of interest to our families:



Road Safety Week excursion to the library

The theme of the week in 2014 is ‘Tune in to road safety’. We’re all human: we daydream, get side-tracked, run late and make mistakes. But on roads, distractions can be fatal. When using roads, we all need to tune in to road safety and give it our full attention – particularly if we’re at the wheel, but also when we’re cycling, walking, skating, running, you name it – to keep ourselves and others safe. To educate the children in the importance of road safety awareness we are going for a walk to the Wanaka Library for story time with the Librarian.

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With the help of Ruben – The road safety bear, we have been learning about how to keep ourselves safe while out walking and riding our bikes.

STOP – back from the curb

LOOK – for vehicles and bikes

LISTEN – for vehicles and bikes

LINK – hands with a safe person ans walk quickly across the road, still looking as you go.


What an amazing community of parents at Aspiring Beginnings

Thank you to all the wonderful helpers who came along on Saturday helping to put the bark chip in place and sorting out the gardens. You are all amazing and a valuable asset to our community.

Snow closure until 10am

What a huge dumping of snow. Because of the roads we will not open until 10am today only (26/5/14). For any further updates please listen to Radio Wanaka 92.2fm.  

To read a copy of our snow closure policy please type “snow closure” into the grey search bar in the top right corner above. 

Bayleys in Schools

Bayleys in schools

Baking a difference for Red Puppy Bikkie Day










Aspiring Beginnings Early Learning Centre is getting out their mixing bowls, popping on their aprons and whipping up some puppy-shaped bikkies for the annual Blind Foundation Red Puppy Bikkie Day.

Red Puppy Bikkie Day, now in its fourth year, raises funds to support Blind Foundation Guide Dogs.

The Aspiring Beginnings Early Learning Centre will be baking puppy shaped bikkies to sell on Monday 9th June 2014.

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Robin Grille is a 25-year psychologist, author of this book and HEART TO HEART PARENTING as well.
Through Robin’s research and experience he will take you on a journey of parenting discovery. This inspirational seminar will reveal how children adapt to parenting styles and how these experiences underpin the adults they become and, ultimately, the way the world is structured.
The seminar is held at the Armstrong Room in the Lake Wanaka Centre 89 Ardmore St. The workshops at Wanaka Hotel, 71 Ardmore St.
Seminar: Sunday 1 June 7:30-9:30pm $20 tickets in advance or $25 at the door. See and search PARENTING IN WANAKA.
Workshop 1: 2 June 9:30-12pm. BOUNDARIES OF BEHAVIOUR: The role of emotional realness in effective interpersonal boundaries. Tickets $30 online
Workshop 2: 2 June 1PM-3:30pm. WHEN PARENTS WERE CHILDREN: Gain a deeper understanding of your children and free yourself from inherited behaviour patterns in your parenting. Tickets $30 online
Parenting for a peaceful world


Mothers Day lunch

We spent all week making mothers day cards, and Kay had made small bunches of flowers to give out as mothers day gifts after lunch.

Thank you to all the mums who came along, it was great to share kai together and celebrate a special day with you and your tamariki. We hope you enjoyed a special day with your family and whānau on mothers day!

 Mum is such a special word

The loveliest I’ve ever heard

A toast to you above the rest

Mum, you’re special, you’re the best

Autumn/Winter Seed’s fundraiser – only $10pp

Go on Gift an edible garden.

These varieties go really well in our environment. 

ON Sale NOW…

Autumn seeds fundraisier

Friendship Soup Week

Friendship Soup week

Plunket Garage Sale – Saturday 24th May


Tipu excursion to Wanaka Station Park

Our yearly excursion to Wanaka Station park is always a favourite as we enjoy a frolick in the Autumn leaves.

There was lots of conversation amongst the group about the sights along the way; the vehicles, the lake, dogs and a big lawnmower.  At the park we played in the leaves, took turns on the swings, and collected pinecones.  The picnic morning tea was yummy biscuits made by the tamariki.

A big thanks to our wonderful whanau-helpers who came along with us!

Dept of Conservation talk with Chrissy