Deb's Place Early Learning Centre

Quality nurturing teachers, homely centre with large natural outdoor space,

Operating as usual




Ehara tāku toa e te toa takatahi, engari he toa takitini. My strength is not as an individual, but as a collective.

Thank you to all the families that came to share our Matariki celebration. Thanks team, although we were missing Kristine, Sarah and Tracey you absolutely rocked it tonight.

Photos from Deb's Place Early Learning Centre's post 30/06/2023

All ready to welcome everybody to our Matariki disco

Photos from Deb's Place Early Learning Centre's post 30/06/2023

All ready to welcome our whānau for our Matariki Disco


Tomorrow is PINK SHIRT day and we will be supporting this at preschool by wearing our pink shirts and having a yummy pink morning tea.
We will be discussing kindness with the children and talking about what to do when they see someone being unkind - even our young preschool children have a sense of social justice and know right from wrong. We will be encouraging and empowering them to stand up to to unkind behaviour.


A reminder that tomorrow (Friday) we will be celebrating Eid at preschool. Children are asked to leave their lunchboxes at home and bring a plate of food for a shared lunch. In respecting the cultural diversity of the families at Debs Place, we ask that this food is vegetarian. Children can come dressed up and we will keep the paint and messy play away for the day.


Our nursery follows the RIE philosophy with these principles underpinning the interactions between child and teacher. Children are seen as being capable authentic wee people and are given time, encouragement and support to overcome obstacles.


A special high tea celebration for Deb’s birthday today. The children worked together to prepare for this special moment and it was a lovely occasion to share special food, to practice our manners and to engage in some conversations about the different ways we celebrate birthdays. Happy Birthday Deb’s, we hope you enjoyed your surprise High Tea❤️🫖🧁☕️🎉🎂

9 Best Ways to Stay (Mostly) Unruffled With Toddlers - Janet Lansbury 31/03/2023

9 Best Ways to Stay (Mostly) Unruffled With Toddlers - Janet Lansbury

9 Best Ways to Stay (Mostly) Unruffled With Toddlers - Janet Lansbury Toddlers are experts at ruffling our feathers, but these tiny people mean no disrespect. Testing our limits (and patience) is impulsive behavior on their part and a developmentally appropriate way to seek answers to important questions like: Am I safe and cared for? Do I have confident leaders? Are....


Dress up in your colours tomorrow and join us for a fun day celebrating Holiday


For many it has been a busy and stressful week as children return to school routines. Remember to take time over the weekend for connection and self care.

When a child's distress meets up with an adult's calm presence, co-regulation happens. It's easier to do this when we "fill" our own cups first. When we try to "pour from an empty cup", we work against presence.

Self-care and awareness of stress levels builds resilience in parents and children alike.


We are looking forward to seeing most of you back next week and hearing about your Summer adventures. Parents, please email or message through a photo of something your child did over the break - we would love to share in their excitement with them. See you next week


We have loved sharing 2022 with you all. Thank you for all your support over the year. May your Christmas be filled with love and a sprinkle of magic. We look forward to seeing you again in 2023. Meri Kirihimete


We are on the lookout for donations of Christmas trees and Christmas decorations. If you are having a clear out, we will be happy to take them off your hands.


Thank you to all the parents and whanau who have supported our Pink day - all money donated will be given to Breast Cancer Foundation NZ. We hope you enjoy your cupcakes


Tomorrow is dress up day - bring a gold coin donation and put on your pink.

We also have cupcakes for sale - $2 each.
Money raised is being donated to the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ.


Tomorrow is the start of Term 4 which means slip, slop and slap season.
Please remember to sunscreen your child before coming to preschool (teacher will reapply sunscreen at lunchtime), children need NAMED hats and clothing must cover their shoulders (no string sun dresses or singlet tops).


And that’s a wrap….thank you to all the teacher and parents that volunteered to help out and a big thanks to the parents who came down to support us. Plans are already underway for next years clothing sale!


Just the finishing touches to do before tomorrows clothing sale. Come on down between 11am and 1 and grab a bargain.


Remember calendar art orders are due back on Friday! They make the perfect gift for Christmas presents


Farewell to Georgia Dress up day - Thursday 22nd. Come dressed up as an ‘occupation’


We on the hunt for donations of preschooler clothing (0-5) as we are organising a clothing ’sale’ in the next few weeks. Parents from the community will be welcome to come and get clothing for their preschooler for a small donation that will then be passed onto charity.

If you have some clothing that no longer fits your child, please drop it onto preschool over the next 2 weeks. We will let you all know the details for the ‘sale’ as soon as we confirm.

Thank you!


What a wonderful surprise to wake up a sprinkling of snow.

Photos from Deb's Place Early Learning Centre's post 05/09/2022

We loved sharing some special time with some of the fathers and the children were so proud to make Kai for their daddies. Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful men who make our children lives so much richer.


The children and teachers are loving the warmer weather!!!


We have seen a few cases of Hand Foot and Mouth lately. Please stay vigilant and keep your children home if they are unwell.

We're seeing an uptick in cases of hand foot and mouth disease among tamariki. A common viral infection that mostly affects children under 10 years of age, symptoms include blisters in the mouth or on hands and feet. Keep your child home until all the blisters have dried.

Very easy to catch, hand foot and mouth spreads through coughing or sneezing, or by contact with mucus, saliva, or blisters of an infected person.

Hand foot and mouth is usually mild, but in rare cases can cause more severe symptoms. Make sure your child drinks plenty of liquids to avoid getting dehydrated. If you are concerned about your child’s health, contact your health professional.

Read more about symptoms, treatment and prevention:


Remember to bring along your favourite teddies for pyjama day tomorrow!


Mānawatia a matariki - a time for reflecting on the past, looking to the future and celebrating together.


Ngā mihi me te Aroha nui mō te Rā o Māmā
Love and best wishes for Mothers Day


We are looking for a qualified and experienced teacher to come join our team - 5 days a week 9am - 3pm. PM for more details.


Yay - we are moving to Orange tonight! Please give us a few days to work through what this looks like for preschool. We will update you after we have looked at the finer details.


Parenting is not easy, children don’t come with an operational manual and it’s been a tough few years with new stresses and uncertainties.

Triple P parenting courses have some great practical ideas and resources to add to your parenting toolbox, and best of all the courses are now FREE!

Follow the link and sign up. If you have any questions, please have a chat with one of the teachers.


As teachers, we know children learn best when it is learned through play. This is why we put so much thought into creating a variety of interesting and inviting play experiences and opportunities to spark a curiosity. We then observe the children. We watch to see how they are playing, and then formulate ways we can do to extend on that learning and provide opportunities for them to continue to refine their skills. At Deb's Place, we are growing young brains and laying a solid foundation that all future learning will be built upon.

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Opening Hours

Monday 7:30am - 5:30pm
Tuesday 7:30am - 5:30pm
Wednesday 7:30am - 5:30pm
Thursday 7:30am - 5:30pm
Friday 7:30am - 5:30pm
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