Ako’anga Teu Tonga Childcare Centre
SKIP & HEHA
Niu Early Learning Centre
“A warm and caring place where the Tongan language and culture are encouranged used throughout the day”
Niu Early Learning Centre is managed by the Tongan Canterbury Community Trust. It’s a registered Charitable Commission, Not for Profit organisation. It is bi-lingual and lays the foundations for youngsters to learn and prepare for primary school.
We have been operating in the region for over 12 years and have a full compliment of 50 children under the age of 5.
We have registered teachers and support staff who make the centre a pleasant and conducive place for children to learn and enjoy pre-school.
On the 9th March 2013, we have open our new home and location at 221 Woodham Road, Linwood North, CHRISTCHURCH.
We are no longer situated at 465 Greers Road, Bishopdale.
The Niu is the name of the coconut tree in its entirety. Each part has a use for eating (the coconut flesh), drinking (coconut milk), building shelter (leaves and trunk) and bags (softer leaves). It is also the main symbol for Pacific nations as it’s the common tree in all Islands.
The name also relates to our efforts to develop young children so they contribute to society and considered a member of the wider society by sharing their uniqueness and individual talent.
In a wider sense, the name also symbolises the important parts of each stakeholder that has brought about this new venture: TCCT Board, PTA, Teachers, community, children, Linwood North Primary School, MOE, etc)
Location and opening hours
221 Woodham Road
Linwood North 8062
Fees and subsidies
- Daily rate $3.00 an hour
- Children age 3 years old and over can claim 20 hours free ECE. $3.00 per hour will be charge to any hours over the claimed 20 hours.
- Accounts payable weekly, fortnightly, monthly
- Some children may qualify for Work & Income Support Subsidy
- Loving and caring place for both parents and families to develop their children’s learning.
- Ensure the spiritual, physical, cognitive, emotional, social well being of children is met through the use of the Tongan language and culture.
- Honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi in respect of tangata whenua/tikanga Maori and cultures of Aotearoa.
Licensed for 50 children, made up of 12 in the under two year olds and 38 in the over two year olds with a ratio of 1 adult to 4 children in the nursery and 1 adult to 6 children in the over two year olds.
SCHOOL BUS SERVICE
We also have a bus that run and collect children to school. We have a qualified driver and a driver assistant working to support the safety of the children.
Teachers & staff
We have fully qualified and registered staff with a wealth of knowledge and experience in both Tongan and English.
Tonga Canterbury Community Trust
Over 2 years old
Angalea Coulter– Experience&Full Registered
Fara Aulaumea–Experience&Full Registered
Debborah Maoate-Cox – Expereince in ECE
Latu Filiai – Experience in Teaching & Tongan Expertise
Lose Punivai: Experience & Study ECE
Under 2 years old (Nursery)
Chrissy Daly–Experience &Full Registered
Tapenisa Taufo’ou- Experience in Teaching & Tongan Expertise
CES- Partners in Education
Meleane Kami Mahina
Mele Mafi Kinikini
Katie Hermensen Kaufusi
Dedication to children
Each child has a Personal Profile Book, which start when they enrolled until they finish.
Ministry of Education Accreditation
‘We are accredited and audited annually by the Ministry of Education. We have just completed the last audit in June and passed with flying colours! This information is available to all parents and the public.
Our teaching is based on Te Whaariki Early Childhood Curriculum and we have a core programme and emergent curriculum which operates alongside each other.
Support in educating young Tongan, Maori and Pasifika chilren in New Zealand.