Cuddles Early Learning Centre

Passionate kaiako supporting the learning journey of tamariki within Avonhead, Christchurch.

Operating as usual

Photos from Cuddles Early Learning Centre's post 23/06/2023

๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŽˆ Coloured Ball Sorting Fun for our Nestle Children! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‘ถ

We had an absolute blast in Nestle Room as our delightful under 2-year-old children enjoyed a fantastic activity of putting coloured balls through coloured pipes. ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŽˆ

Not only did this activity bring immense joy and excitement, but it also offered valuable learning opportunities. By sorting the balls according to their colours, our little ones enhanced their cognitive skills and developed a deeper understanding of colour recognition. ๐Ÿง ๐Ÿ’ก

We are thrilled to witness the growth and development of our youngest learners as they engage in such enriching activities. Stay tuned for more fun-filled learning adventures at Cuddles!

Regenerate response

Photos from Cuddles Early Learning Centre's post 21/06/2023

๐ŸŒŸ Importance of Knowing Our Emotions: Exploring Emotional Shapes with Children! ๐ŸŒˆ

๐Ÿ‘‹ Let's take a moment to talk about the incredible importance of understanding and embracing our emotions. ๐ŸŽญ

Emotions are a fundamental part of being human, and they play a significant role in shaping our experiences and relationships. When we learn to recognise and express our feelings, we gain valuable insights into ourselves and those around us. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ก

Today, I want to share something truly fascinating and inspiring: the concept of "emotional shapes" that children are exploring! ๐Ÿง’๐Ÿ‘ง๐ŸŒผ

Just like colours, emotions can be represented by various shapes and patterns. By introducing children to these emotional shapes, we empower them to better understand and navigate their feelings in a fun and engaging way. ๐ŸŽจ

Imagine a rectangle representing sleepy, a circle symbolising happiness, a triangle standing for sadness, or a square embodying angry. Through this creative exploration, children can learn to identify and communicate their emotions effectively. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™Œ

Encouraging children to express themselves through emotional shapes also fosters empathy and understanding among peers. When they recognise the shapes of others' emotions, they become more attuned to the needs and experiences of those around them. ๐Ÿคโค๏ธ

Remember, it's never too late to start exploring our own emotional shapes! Let's engage in conversations about our feelings, seek support when needed, and create a safe and nurturing environment for emotional growth. Together, we can build a more emotionally resilient world. ๐ŸŒโค๏ธ

Photos from Cuddles Early Learning Centre's post 18/06/2023

๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿš Exploring Tangaroa, the Maori God of the Sea! ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿš

Today, the Nestle children embarked on a fascinating journey as they delved into the realm of Tangaroa, the Maori god of the sea! ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŸ

With the guidance of our wonderful student teacher, they were treated to an enchanting ice experience adorned with beautiful seashells. โ„๏ธ๐Ÿš

As they touched, listened, and observed the icy textures and delicate shells, their senses came alive. This sensory exploration allowed them to deepen their understanding of the sea and its wonders. ๐Ÿง ๐Ÿ”

We're thrilled to witness their curiosity and knowledge flourish as they connect with the rich culture and natural world around them. ๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ’™

Photos from Cuddles Early Learning Centre's post 16/06/2023

๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŽ‰ Exciting Update from our Little Learners in the Cuddles Room! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ“š

๐Ÿ–๏ธ๐Ÿ”  This week, our talented and enthusiastic Cuddles Room children have been on a fantastic adventure with the letter "C"! They've been honing their writing skills and embracing the joy of learning through creativity. ๐ŸŒŸ

๐ŸŽจ Armed with a black marker and an eagerness to explore, they took to the whiteboard to practice their letter "C" strokes. The classroom was abuzz with laughter and excitement as they crafted their way to letter mastery! ๐Ÿ–Œ๏ธ

โœจ๐Ÿ’ก We couldn't be prouder of our budding writers, who demonstrated incredible focus and determination. Their commitment to improving their skills is truly inspiring! ๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸŒŸ

๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’ฌ Let's give a big shout-out to these amazing children for their hard work and dedication. Keep up the great work, little ones! ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ‰


Photos from Cuddles Early Learning Centre's post 14/06/2023

In the Snuggles room, we support the tamariki to gain the confidence to effectively communicate with others. This supports tamariki to develop whanaungatanga and tuakana-teina as they navigate our shared space. One way we support communication is through the mode of art. ๐ŸŽจ It is a great way to encourage creative expression and refine working theories as they become explorers. Today, we used shaving foam, paint, and animals to learn more about footprints. ๐Ÿฆถ๐Ÿ–Œ๏ธ The tamariki have been intrigued by the footprints their own shoes leave behind when they walk through puddles. โ˜” One child noted, "Big" as they carefully placed the animal on the paper, leaving behind a trail of big footprints. ๐Ÿพ The tamariki then led their learning as they began creating the animal homes/habitats. ๐Ÿก They were so proud of their mahi - work as they shared their creations with others. ๐ŸŒŸ

Photos from Cuddles Early Learning Centre's post 12/06/2023

๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ–Œ๏ธ Sensory Exploration at its Finest! ๐Ÿง’๐Ÿ‘ถ

Our little ones in the Nestle Room had an extraordinary adventure as they dived into the world of textures through the magic of texture ball painting! ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ”

Watching their tiny hands explore the squishy, bumpy, and smooth surfaces was pure joy. Their giggles and wide-eyed wonderment melted our hearts. ๐Ÿ’•

Through this creative activity, they discovered new sensations, colours, and patterns, stimulating their senses and fostering their cognitive development. ๐ŸŒŸ

We're thrilled to witness their growth and excited to continue nurturing their curiosity in every way possible! ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒฑ

Photos from Cuddles Early Learning Centre's post 06/06/2023

๐Ÿ”ด๐ŸŸ ๐Ÿ”ต Shape Matching Fun in Samoan Style! ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒด

Our little ones in the Nestle Room are still completely captivated by the Shape Matching Game we introduced last week, Samoan Language Week! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿงฉ

As they explore the vibrant colours and distinct shapes, they're not only having a blast, but also gaining invaluable knowledge. Learning about shapes at such a young age lays a solid foundation for their cognitive development. ๐Ÿ”โœจ

By engaging in this activity, they're enhancing their problem-solving skills, hand-eye coordination, and spatial awareness. ๐Ÿง ๐Ÿ‘€

We're delighted to see their excitement grow and their minds expand with each successful match. Here's to many more joyful learning adventures! ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’ซ

Photos from Cuddles Early Learning Centre's post 06/06/2023

๐ŸŒŸ A heartfelt shout-out to Merrin School! ๐ŸŒŸ

I want to extend a massive thank you to Lisa Dillon-Roberts, the amazing principal of Merrin School. Today, we were pleasantly surprised with a delightful morning tea snack and a note that read, "A big thank-you" for our dedicated work with the children. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

This kind gesture truly warmed our hearts and reminded us why we love what we do. It's an honour to be part of such a supportive and caring school community. ๐Ÿ’–

To all the incredible staff at Merrin School, let's continue making a positive impact on the lives of our wonderful students! ๐ŸŽ‰

Photos from Cuddles Early Learning Centre's post 29/05/2023

๐ŸŒˆ Join the fun at Cuddles Early Learning Centre! ๐ŸŒง๏ธ๐Ÿงผ

Watch your little ones' faces light up as they embark on a magical adventure with Brittany and our amazing shaving cream rain clouds! ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿงก

At Cuddles, we believe in nurturing young minds through immersive experiences, and our Snuggles children absolutely love this sensory activity. They'll discover the joy of creating fluffy clouds using shaving cream and watch as "raindrops" cascade down, stimulating their senses and sparking their imaginations. ๐ŸŒŸโœจ

Under the guidance of our caring and experienced staff, your child will develop fine motor skills, explore cause and effect, and learn about the weather in a safe and engaging environment. ๐ŸŒฌ๏ธโ˜”

Limited spots available at Cuddles Early Learning Centre! Don't miss this opportunity for your child to learn and play at Cuddles Early Learning Centre. Contact us today to secure a place! ๐Ÿ“ž๐Ÿ‘ถโค๏ธ


๐ŸŒŸ Exciting News from Cuddles Early Learning Centre! ๐ŸŒŸ

๐ŸŽ’ Supporting Our Children's Journey to School ๐ŸŽ’

At Cuddles Early Learning Centre, we believe in nurturing and preparing our little learners for the exciting challenges that lie ahead. We are thrilled to share a heartwarming moment that highlights our commitment to supporting children's development as they transition to school.

๐Ÿงฎ We witnessed an incredible moment of growth and achievement as our talented teacher, Shannon, engaged our 5-year-old children in a fun and interactive math activity. With enthusiasm and care, Teacher Shannon guided the children as they used her finger to practice addition under 10. It was a delightful sight to see their eager faces light up with understanding and excitement!

๐Ÿ”ข Our passionate educators understand the importance of providing a solid foundation in numeracy and other essential skills. By incorporating engaging activities like this, we aim to foster a love for learning while equipping our children with the necessary tools to tackle further challenges in their educational journey.

๐Ÿ’ก At Cuddles Early Learning Centre, we go above and beyond to create a stimulating environment that encourages exploration, curiosity, and growth. Our dedicated team of teachers works tirelessly to ensure that each child receives the individual attention and support they need to thrive.

๐Ÿ“š As our children prepare for the transition to school, we take pride in offering a comprehensive curriculum that encompasses not only academic skills but also social, emotional, and physical development. Our aim is to empower them with the confidence and resilience required to succeed in their future endeavours.

๐Ÿซ Are you looking for a nurturing and supportive early learning centre that prepares your child for the next step? We invite you to join the Cuddles family! Schedule a visit today to experience firsthand the warm and welcoming atmosphere that awaits your little one.

โœจ Stay connected with us on Facebook for regular updates on our educational programs, exciting activities, and heartwarming moments of growth and achievement.

Enrol now at Cuddles Early Learning Centre and give your child the best start in their educational journey! Together, let's build a solid foundation for their bright future.


On ANZAC Day, we will take a moment to remember the brave men and women who have served and continue to serve our countries. We will honour their sacrifices and show our gratitude for the freedoms and opportunities that we enjoy today.

Lest we forget.

Photos from Cuddles Early Learning Centre's post 19/04/2023

At Cuddles Early Learning Centre, we place a strong emphasis on social and emotional competence. As educators, we understand the importance of being role models for the children in our care. That's why we make a conscious effort to separate our personal and professional emotions, recognising the significant impact it has on children's learning.

As the Centre Manager, I value my team's well-being and regularly treat them to a coffee date at the Black and White Cartel in Avonhead. It's an opportunity for us to catch up and discuss both their personal and professional achievements. We also brainstorm ways to provide high-quality care to our community and challenge each other to grow as New Zealand Qualified Teachers.

Our team supports each other through the ups and downs of life and work, creating a positive and nurturing environment. When our teachers are physically and mentally cared for, they can provide the best possible care for the children in our community.

At Cuddles, mindfulness is a cornerstone of our philosophy. We invite you to visit our Centre and experience the warmth and care we provide for your child.

Please give us a call on 033578900 to schedule your centre tour and meet the team.

Cuddles Early Learning Centre โ€“ where mindfulness is nurtured.


Dear Cuddles Early Learning Centre Whanau,

As we approach Easter, I want to take a moment to wish you all a happy and joyful celebration. Easter is a time of renewal and hope, and a reminder that even in difficult times, there is always the possibility of new beginnings.

We are grateful for the opportunity to work with such a wonderful community of families and educators, and to see the growth and development of your children each day. The resilience, creativity, and perseverance that you have shown throughout the challenges of the past year is truly inspiring.

As we take time to celebrate with loved ones and reflect on the blessings in our lives, let us also remember those who are facing hardship or adversity. May we continue to support and care for each other, and spread kindness and compassion wherever we go.

Wishing you a happy Easter filled with love, joy, and hope.

Warm regards,

The Cuddles Team

Photos from Cuddles Early Learning Centre's post 05/04/2023

The children's observation and exploration of the worm provide an opportunity for learning in several areas, including science, language, and social-emotional development.

In terms of science, the children can learn about the characteristics of the worm, such as its movement, shape, and texture. They can also learn about its habitat and diet, and how it contributes to the ecosystem.

The children's observation of the worm can also support language development, as they communicate with each other to describe what they see, ask questions, and share their thoughts and feelings.

In terms of social-emotional development, the children's collaboration and communication while observing the worm can help develop their social skills, including turn-taking, sharing, and empathy for living things. They can also develop a sense of wonder and curiosity about the natural world.

Would you like to know a secret?

The teachers at Cuddles are extremely scared of worms, please donโ€™t tell anyone, pinky promise!


We are delighted to update that the Cuddles Early Learning Centre will be taking new families looking for a nurturing and enriching environment for their little ones. Starting from 15/01/2024 for children under 2 years old, we will be offering high-quality childcare services to families in our community.

We understand that finding the right childcare centre can be a daunting task, and that's why we are committed to providing a safe, loving, and stimulating environment for your child. Our highly qualified and experienced staff will ensure that your child receives the best possible care and attention, while also fostering their intellectual, social, and emotional development.

We would like to remind parents that our Snuggles Room is already at full capacity, but we do have a few spaces available in our Cuddles Room. Our Cuddles Room is designed to cater to the needs of children, who will be transitioning to school. It is a warm and inviting space that has been specially designed to promote social and emotional development.

If you are looking for a nursery space for your child, we invite you to come and visit us at the Cuddles Early Learning Centre. We would be happy to show you around our facilities and answer any questions you may have. Our team is committed to providing the highest quality childcare services, and we look forward to welcoming you and your child into our centre.

Cuddles Early Learning Centre - Where mindfulness is nurtured. ๐Ÿ˜€

Photos from Cuddles Early Learning Centre's post 08/03/2023

I N T E R N A T I O N A L โ€ข W O M E N S โ€ข D A Y

ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, he toa takitini โ€ข my strength is not as an individual, but as a collective โœจ

These are the incredible wahine behind the face of Cuddles Early Learning Centre make up the foundation and philosophy that we live and breathe every day ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’•

Hereโ€™s to strong women, may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them ๐Ÿค

Photos from THE COLOMBO's post 29/09/2022

One of our Cuddles Families recently open a shop at the Colombo, if you are heading there, please try their delicious and authentic Vietnamese cuisine.

Photos from Cuddles Early Learning Centre's post 23/09/2022

C A F E & P A R K ๐ŸŒฟโ˜•๏ธ

Today our Cuddles room went for a community outting to the in Avonhead and enjoyed a fluffy and a marshmallow as well as a wee play! This was followed by a trip to the park where we sat in nature together and enjoyed our afternoon kai, made daisy chains, and laughed and played until our hearts were content ๐Ÿซถ๐Ÿผ

We hope you all have a lovely and safe long weekend with your whฤnau and friends ๐Ÿค

Photos from Cuddles Early Learning Centre's post 12/09/2022

Cuddles Royal Tea Party โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ‘‘

Today we spent the day in the Cuddles room (3.5 - 5 years) celebrating Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth and her 70 years as the Queen of England, and her 96 years earth side ๐ŸŒฟ

To celebrate, we had a โœจRoyal Tea Partyโœจ where we dressed up in our favourite frocks and outfits, we had scones, made crowns, played Kings and Queens, coloured in the Queen and her beloved Corgiโ€™s and we shared tales about the Queen and shared facts together.

A fun fact, 96% of the worlds population has only experienced Queen Elizabethโ€™s reign! Meaning only 4% of the worlds population experienced King George VI!

Many thanks to everyone for such enthusiasm and support for our day of celebrating and sharing memories with the kaiako and the children ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿค


Our philosophy is deeply embedded with our belief that children benefit from mindful practices so they can develop strong resilience, greater empathy, emotional regulation and reduced anxiety and stress. ๐Ÿฅฐ This particular exercise is a great way of grounding ourselves and clearing our minds. ๐Ÿ˜‡

Five senses exercise: All you need to do is notice something youโ€™re experiencing with each of the five senses.

Follow this order:

Notice five things you can see.
Look around you and bring your attention to five things you can see. Pick something you donโ€™t normally notice, like a shadow or small crack in the concrete.

Notice four things you can feel.
Bring awareness to four things you are currently feeling, like the texture of your pants, the feeling of the breeze on your skin, or the smooth surface of a table youโ€™re resting your hands on.

Notice three things you can hear.
Take a moment to listen and note three things you hear in the background. This can be the chirp of a bird, the hum of the refrigerator, or the faint sounds of traffic from a nearby road.

Notice two things you can smell.
Bring your awareness to smells that you usually filter out, whether theyโ€™re pleasant or unpleasant. Perhaps the breeze is carrying a whiff of pine trees if youโ€™re outside, or the smell of cookies baking in the oven.

Notice one thing you can taste.
Focus on one thing you can taste right now, at this moment. You can take a sip of a drink or eat something, notice the current taste in your mouth, or even open your mouth to search the air for a taste.

This easy exercise can bring your child to a mindful state quickly.

Photos from Cuddles Early Learning Centre's post 26/05/2022

Extending on children's interests!

We currently have a big interest in Bugs ๐Ÿชฑ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ•ธ here at Cuddles Early Learning Centre which supports our motto 'where mindfulness is nurtured' as we help our children to develop an understanding of respect and kindness towards the living world that surrounds us. We have been inquiring and investigating different bugs that we come across and using this curiosity to express our ideas in a variety of ways.

"Extending childrenโ€™s learning is about so much more than facts. It covers wellbeing, identity, connection and contribution to the world and being a learner. Extending learning encompasses areas such as leadership skills, independence, negotiating, teamwork and the ability to work with others. In other words, it includes learning dispositions" - Anne Stonehouse


We love a good quote here at Cuddles - we'd love for you to share your favourite quotes? ๐Ÿ˜‡


We need cuddles!

'Where mindfulness is nurtured' ๐Ÿฅฐ

Here's a little glimpse of our centre from when it first opened. It has been over a year since then, and now you can hear giggles that echo and fill the classrooms, you can feel the warmth of a snuggle, and you can see incredible artistic pieces on display by our tamariki.

Come and check us out now, before spaces run out! ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ

Give us a call on 03-357 8900. We are open from 7:30am - 5:30pm and would be more than happy to give you a tour of our centre which could soon be yours too! ๐Ÿ˜„


Children Who Bite

Here's some late-night reading for you, should you be interested ๐Ÿ˜€

Curious as to why your toddler might've recently started using their teeth to communicate frustration, anger or even excitement?

Here's a great blog post as to why toddlers might bite!

"Most biting occurs in children between the ages of one-and-a-half and three years old. Its occurrence reflects not only the childrenโ€™s feelings but also their ability to use expressive language"

Children Who Bite Biting is a very emotional topic for the parents of toddlers and preschoolers. We tend to look at a child who bites with more disdain and perhaps more fear than a child the same age who kicks or hits. There is something wild and animal-like in a bite that makes it particularly upsetting, even if the...

Isolation doesnโ€™t stop our Mumโ€™s from receiving their special Motherโ€™s Day presents! A wee walk in the sunshine to drop off this present to the letterbox โœ…โ˜€๏ธ 06/05/2022

Isolation doesnโ€™t stop our Mumโ€™s from receiving their special Motherโ€™s Day presents! A wee walk in the sunshine to drop off this present to the letterbox โœ…โ˜€๏ธ

Happy Mothers day to all of our special mums/grandmas/bonus mums โค๏ธ

Isolation doesnโ€™t stop our Mumโ€™s from receiving their special Motherโ€™s Day presents! A wee walk in the sunshine to drop off this present to the letterbox โœ…โ˜€๏ธ


We'd love to meet you!


Waituhi ๐ŸŒˆ

Painting allows tamariki to express themselves and be creative by exploring various colours and textures of paint.
Tamariki will paint what they know and feel rather than what they see, thus it is critical that adults allow kids to express themselves freely.
Painting supports tamariki tas they develop and strengthen hand-eye coordination, and develop fine motor skills such as finger and hand muscles. Painting may be messy but it is the beginning of the development of writing skills, so it is a perfect activity to support future learning when tamariki reach their schooling years.
As adults, we can support tamariki by keeping the painting area tidy and clean so they can start fresh on their artwork, naming and dating their work to show the value in their art and treating it
with respect. It's a great idea to talk to your tamariki about their work without guessing what it might be - this is when open-ended questions are significant because it gives your tamariki the chance to tell the story of their artwork.
As Picasso once said, "Every child is an artist" ๐Ÿ˜Œ

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Barney came to Cuddles this afternoon! Lots of Cuddles here ๐Ÿค—โœจ
Exploring in the newly opened 2 - 3.5 year old space โœจ
Such gorgeous, thoughtful spaces our kaiako create for our tamariki to learn from, and engage with โœจ๐Ÿค—
Our wonderful nursery Kaiako back at it again with the beautiful set ups โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‡
Happy Monday! ๐ŸŽŠ
We need cuddles!




12 Greendale Avenue Avonhead

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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