203 Cashel St, Christchurch Central

Early Learning Centre

Kia ora and welcome to Les Mills ELC Christchurch, we are Ministry of Education sessional Early Learning Centre offering a warm and welcoming environment for families and children aged from 6 weeks to 5 years of age. For more information and a free introduction visit to settle-in your child please phone or email to arrange for a suitable time. We welcome all inquiries. 


Our Early Learning Centre service exists to offer a high quality inclusive and holistic education and care environment for the children of Les Mills Members. Our environment encourages children's curiosity and independent exploration. Our centre values physically active play and healthy sustainable living. We place high emphasis on developing a sense of well- being and belonging for all children and families based on responsive and reciprocal communication and a respect for the child as a person capable of communicating and expressing their ideas and needs, and choosing their own pace of learning.


Te Whāriki (The Early Childhood curriculum) is based on the aspirations that children grow up:

"As competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging, and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society"

At Les Mills Early Learning Centre children will have the opportunity to develop this aspiration through attending an environment which values the characteristics of on-going learning, through assessment practices of noticing, recognising and responding to children's learning dispositions, actions and behaviours, centre learning priorities, and principals, strand and goals of Te Whāriki. 

We value parent/family and whānau involvement in our centre and encourage a collaborative teaching and learning environment.

Staff/Children Ratio

We are a sessional centre. Our fully licensed ELC service allows us to take up to 18 children in total, including a maximum of 10 under the age of two years old, from as young as 6 weeks until 5 years of age. Once a child either starts school or turns 6 years of age they are classed school-aged children and therefore cannot attend the centre any longer.

We operate on or below the following MOE ratios:

Under 2 year old children - 1 Adult : 5 Children.

Over 2 year old children - 1 Adult : the first 8 children

A maximum of 18 children is permitted in any one session including a maximum of 10 under 2 year old children at any time

We are committed to working with our families to provide a welcoming and stimulating teaching and learning environment. Our staff are all highly trained and include Early Childhood Qualified and Registered teachers. We deliver quality Education and Care in accordance with the (MOE) Ministry of Education's Centre Regulations and the 2008 Licensing Criteria


We will ask you to fill in an enrolment form on your first visit to the Early Learning Centre. Please complete all required information on the form. Your child cannot attend the centre until you are enrolled. The information gathered on the enrolment form about your child will be kept securely confidential at all times. Upon enrolment you will be given a Parent Information Booklet- please read this as it contains all the information you need to know about the centre operations and how to be involved! We welcome any questions you may have so please don't hesitate to contact us.

The ELC has a daily sign in/out register which requires you sign your child in and out of on a daily basis. Please make sure you remember to do this! It is a Ministry of Education requirement for attendance purposes, as well as for health and safety purposes

Please tell a staff member if you change contact details so that we can keep your details current.

Opening hours, Sessions and fees

Mon - Fri: 9.00am - 1.30pm
Closed public holidays and 4 weeks during the Christmas break (see a staff member for dates).

There are three sessions available:
9.00am - 11.00am
9:30am - 11:30am
11.30am - 1.30pm

Please note:  The Ministry of Education governs our session times, they are not able to be relaxed or modified so please ensure that your child is picked up on time. This is to ensure they are not attending outside their booked session time. It is strictly a 2 hour session per child per day.

Fees per 2 hour session are:
Casual Sessions: $8 per child
10 visit Concession Card: $70 per child
20 visit Concession Card: $140 per child
30 visit Concession Card: $180 per child 

NB: Sibling Rate Concession Cards can only be used when 2 or more siblings are visiting together.  Fees are not refundable or transferable.

Booking and cancellations

To keep bookings as streamlined as possible, please book your child into the centre at least two hours before your session starts

Cancellations can be made up to two hours prior to the session starting. These can be made at reception 379 1140, or with the Early Learning Centre during opening hours

Cancellations of permanent bookings due to sickness, holiday etc. require reconfirmation on your return. A generic form for you to fill out can be found on the sign-in table.

Should there be prolonged absences over 21 days, or 50% per month of your permanent booking ELC management is required by the Ministry of Education to review your permanent bookings as it may impact on our eligibility for government funding. We may  contact you to reconfirm/change or cancel your existing booking if this situation arises

Immunisation & Identification

We are required to view your child's birth certificate or passport as well as to keep an Immunisation Register for all children. This means we must see your child's Immunisation Certificate and a form of identification on enrolment. The immunisation record is found on the back of the Well Child - Tamariki Ora Health Book. We will ask you again when your child is 15 months and again when 4 years old. If you do not choose to immunise we are still required to see a signed certificate from your Doctor or Practice Nurse.  All information is kept confidential.