Montana ELC


Montana ELC

Montana Early Learning Centre / Te Whare Kōhungahunga o Montana

Montana Early Learning Centre specialises in the respectful care and education of tamariki/children from birth to five years and is licensed for 35 tamariki. The centre is divided into three developmentally appropriate indoor and outdoor areas, which meet the needs of our children and their continual learning.

Montana’s strong culture of aroha/love and respect is based on our committed team of teachers who value the warm, communicative relationships they have with each other, the children and their parents and whānau. We appreciate the unique bicultural heritage of Aotearoa and also the richness and diversity of our multi-cultural community. As part of the University we have access to the beautiful grounds and gardens, and we often go on expeditions around campus.

"Teachers model and support children to develop their thinking, problem solving, social confidence, and competence." – ERO Report

"All children's cultures are valued and celebrated in the centre." ERO Report

Modern and spacious facilities


The nursery is designed for infants aged up to two years old, with a maximum of 8 pēpi/babies at any one time with two teachers. The teachers' practice is inspired by the RIE and Pikler approaches to early learning, and based on secure attachment, responsive caregiving and freedom of movement and play in an inviting and engaging environment.

Toddler area

Our large toddler area caters for busy toddlers aged from 18 months till around four years. Our qualified teachers continue with the same approach as the nursery, with key teachers supporting the holistic learning and development of each individual child. Tamariki are free to choose from a wide variety of play activities which support their physical, social, and cognitive development.

Pre-school area

Our pre-school area aims to provide a learning environment that is interactive, engaging and relevant to the children’s interests. This helps promote cognitive, social and emotional growth through both teacher-directed play and child-lead play. As this is a specialised area, one of the key focuses is to support our children as best we can for their transition to school. There is a strong focus on developing the fundamental social and co-operative skills that will create a solid foundation for their future learning and relationship building. We also aim to introduce some of the concepts learnt in their first year of primary school, however our main priority is to allow children to problem solve through their play and for children to take charge of their own learning.

"Children under two years of age are well supported to settle into the centre. They benefit from nurturing relationships, flexible, responsive routines, and an appropriately resourced environment." – ERO Report

Education Review Office (ERO) Report

In our latest report, ERO found that Montana is well placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children. You can read the full report here.



Montana’s hours are based on the needs of our student parents, so we can be a bit flexible. There are two core sessions 9am-12pm (morning) and 12pm-3pm (afternoon). These can be extended earlier in the morning and later in the afternoon, by 15 minute increments if required.

The centre is open right through the year, closing down for public holidays and a three week break over the Christmas and New Year period.


Confirmed fee structure 2022 

StudentsStaff & Community Users
Session RateUnder 3Over 3Under 3Over 3
Morning (3 hours) or Afternoon (3 hours)$21.50$22.50$23.50$24
Short Day (6 hours)$43$45$46$48
Long Day (9 hours)$63$67.50$65$72
Short Day Weekly Rate$210$75 when using 20 hours ECE$240$80 when using 20 hours ECE
Long Day Weekly Rate$250$180 when using 20 hours ECE$270$180 when using 20 hours ECE
Hourly Rate (Outside of Sessional Hours)$7.00$7.50$8.00$8.00

Contact us

Head Teacher or Centre Coordinator
Landline: 033690585
Mobile: 0272051563

Opening hours

Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm.


31 Montana Avenue (corner of Ilam Rd)
Postal Address: PO Box 31-311, Ilam, Christchurch 8041