Discovery Junction - Styx Mill

Nestled Early Learning Centre in the heart of Styx Mill, Christchurch, provides quality care and education for children aged from 3 months to 6 years.

Operating as usual

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At Discovery Junction - Styx Mill we foster life-long learning through extending foundational skills and other areas. We also believe strongly in the learning through play philosophies, put simply: we aim to make learning fun!

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Putting the 'Hi!' into High Tea - So wonderful to have our whānau pop in to share High Tea with us last week! At Discovery Junction - Styx Mill whānaungatanga is a big part of building a sense of belonging and community within our centre. ❤️

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Halloween Dress Up Fun for everyone!
It was beautiful seeing how confident Ngā Tamariki were showing off their costumes! Tamariki also enjoyed some yummy decorated cookies!

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"You can find magic, wherever you look. Sit back and relax; all you need is a book!" - Dr Seuss.

Fun for all ages, from cover to cover, to flick through the pages, what will they discover?

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What a treat when we get to try new kai! Here we are enjoying some pumpkin and cauliflower Rice Risotto. It's wonderful having an amazing cook in centre and watching ngā tamariki enjoying and experiencing new textures and flavours!

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Ngā tamariki gave new purpose to old items creating a new kind of resource; mixing colours and creating their own pallette for imaginative artwork!

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It's been so lovely having the warmer weather. Tamariki have been helping to plant the gardens and talking about what healthy eating means!

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The magic and joy of exploring with friends and collaboration. It is a beautiful thing to watch ngā tamariki develop new skills and explore different ideas.

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This week, we had Lynette from the Christchurch City Outreach Programme come in to take a mat time with the tamariki. She shared waiata and new stories with us, and everyone loved it! Especially the stamp at the end! Thanks, Ōtautahi Libraries.

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Spring planting time: working the soil in our new garden preparing for the new season and growing our own vegetables.

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Every Friday we have Yoga with Stacey from YogiTribe. Last week, we talked about animals and trees and practiced taking deep breaths!

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Our current Nursery room focus is literacy. Here are some tamariki getting involved quite literally.


Taking the sandpit toys to the next level.


Making some concrete plans for the future.

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Nothing like a fire truck visit to spark imagination and ignite curiosity!

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The refurbished playground for our Dreamers (nursery 0 - 2 years) is ready! Plenty to explore, interact with and learn through play!


Nothing says, 'Hi, please slow down you're approaching an Early Learning Centre,' like this awesome shade of green!


Nursery playground reinvigoration is taking shape! Fingers crossed for more good weather!


"What's that under the mat?" It's amazing where we find opportunities to explore and learn.


"Sorry Chef, but the lady at table 14 says she found some sand in her meal."


"One train station coming right up!"


This is taking 'logging out for the week' to another level entirely.


Two friends imagining the sandpit possibilities!


Everybody needs a 'box of tricks on hand - you never know when you'll need one!


Painting with a rose-coloured palette - warm hues for a chilly winter day!


Thinking outside the box. Literally.


That magical moment when artist and painting become one.


To all mums, everywhere - you are creators of living breathing works of art! - Happy Mothers Day from your Nestled whānau.


"Nobody breathe... nobody blink... don't even think... until I've placed this final piece."


A future town planner has plans to turn Christchurch into a fortress with a single mode of transport! Will we still trade with Rangiora?


Is it an apple? Is it a tomato? Is it a traffic light? It's art; it can be whatever you want it to be!


"The secret to my homestyle cookies is... glitter!"


Did the technicolour bunny bring you all sorts of sweets and treats over the weekend?


We're about to find out if this lion and rhino fit together - if I put my zookeeper hat on, I'd say maybe not. But then, if I put my creative director hat on, then sure, why not??!


There's nothing like a having a quiet moment to yourself and working on some puzzles.


Tonight on Nestled News: Peek A Boos are up 200%


When your imagination runs wild you can design a combination supermarket and farmer's market because 'why not?'


The peaceful calm of balloon juggling - they move at a far more manageable pace than clubs, fruit or bowling balls.


Experimenting with granularity, viscosity and fluid dynamics. Also known as playing around with water and sand.


After a little foraging, a gourmet salad is prepared. Locally sourced ingredients, secret family recipe. Yum.

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Love, Nuture, Learn.

‘Nestled’ means to settle or lie comfortably within or against something. At Nestled Early Learn-ing Centre, our team collaborates with whanau and community, and is built on the guiding principles of nestling in nature to learn, grow and develop.


Our uniquely holistic approach to early childhood education is built on a philosophy of tamariki centred learning through play that embraces the great outdoors.


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139 Styx Mill Road, Casebrook

Opening Hours

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