Nor'West News: July 04, 2017

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16 Tuesday [Edition datE] July 4 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi 2 NOR’WEST NEWS Neighbour Hello Flexible booking hours give families greater choice For busy working parents with young children, a local childcare centre that offers flexibility can make all the difference when they are juggling work schedules and caring for their family. That’s where the privately run First Learners centres come to the fore. Owned and operated by Linda Broekman, who trained as a kindergarten teacher and has decades of experience across the early learning environment, the three First Learners centres in Shirley, Mairehau and Rangiora cater for all families’ needs. “We are very flexible with our booking hours,” says Linda. “We don’t have set sessions, so parents and caregivers can leave their children in our care on any day or days and for any length of time that suits them.” The centres cater for children from birth to six years and are staffed by qualified and experienced teachers, with a low child to staff ratio. “Our philosophy focuses on the needs of each individual child, and we cater for their differing developmental needs with separate sections according to age groups,” Linda explains. First Learners offers a free play environment as well as some structured time according to age, ensuring that the children are kept engaged, stimulated and challenged while at the same time having fun and developing their social skills, creativity and confidence. The play areas are spacious and well equipped, with the children free to access both indoor and outdoor areas. By allowing them to make choices about where they want to be and what activities they want to get involved in, the staff encourage the children to explore and be curious and creative. The centres offer the government subsidised 20 free hours, and these are “absolutely free, with no extra charges”, Linda says. And when children are enrolled at any of the First Leaners centres, the first four weeks are offered free, with certain conditions. Details of these can be found on their website, www.firstlearners.co.nz. Linda and her staff have an open door policy, so parents and caregivers are welcome to call in at any time to inspect the centres and chat about their child’s needs. The centres are open Monday to Friday from 7am to 6pm (Rangiora 7.15am- 6pm). For more information visit www. firstlearners.co.nz or call Linda on (03) 313 1242. Quality Childcare • Flexible booking hours • Now open 7am to 6pm • Large outdoor area • Friendly and welcoming with open door policy. First 4 weeks FREE Phone: 385 8311 | 262 Westminister St, Mairehau mairehau@firstlearners.co.nz | www.firstlearners.co.nz WINTER SERVICE SPECIAL “IF IT DOESN’T START - IT WON’T CUT!” for Rotary Mowers $100 & Electric Reel Mowers $195 for Petrol Reel Mowers $60 for Hand Mowers FREE PICK UP & DELIVERY IN CHRISTCHURCH UNTIL 31ST JULY 2017 eDGEWARE MOWERS & CHAINSAWS 237 Westminster St, Christchurch Ph. 03 366-3924 www.edgewaremowers.co.nz Reach your local community with us To promote your business and for your free marketing plan contact: Monique Maynard P. 364 7474 monique.maynard@starmedia.kiwi THE ORIGINAL GHD STYLE ICON uSuALLY $280 NOW $240 bE IN quICk , LImITED OffER Ph: 03 355 2125 Unit 2, 159 Cranford St, St Albans

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