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Selwyn Times: February 21, 2017

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22 Tuesday February 28 2017 New Childcare Centre opens in Rolleston SELWYN TIMES 325 Dunns Crossing Rd, Rolleston (Cnr Burnham Road) Ph 0800 102 236 or 03 347 0562 | New preschool opens in Rolleston The official visits are over and Blossoms Educare will soon welcome their first Rolleston students. The children will also be the preschool educator’s first South Island students. This will be great news for the many families who have been enquiring about Rolleston’s newest early childhood educational facility, and for those moving into the area; especially as many other centres have already reached capacity. “Since last year, we’ve had over one hundred enquiries for our new Rolleston preschool,” advises Rolleston Centre Manager, Barbara Ludlow. Throughout the country, Blossoms Educare has over 670 children including 157 under-2 years old. They already have eight centres located around Auckland with more being built throughout the country, including at Rangiora, in Auckland and another in Rolleston near Lemonwood Grove School. “The success of Blossoms Educare is, we believe a result of the symbiotic relationships between parents, children and community,” suggests Sarabjit Sidhu, Operations Manager of Blossoms Educare. The team at Blossoms Educare work with families to ensure that all children enjoy a wonderful preschool experience that allows them to learn and grow. While the Te Whāriki, New Zealand early childhood curriculum is followed, their philosophy, vision and goals also promote family and the local community. The teaching programme sits alongside the children’s own disposition where their ideas and passions are explored. If the topic is transport then the areas the children are interested in are identified and research conducted such as transport used in building. This helps expand their minds and engenders creativity. Special emphasis is placed on natural materials and neutral colours with play equipment selected accordingly. Smart technology has been built into the centre. This includes a centralised music system; wall mounted televisions to support learning activities; and the potential for video conference networking with other centres for connectivity between centres and staff. Another attractive feature of this preschool is its opening hours, from 7am until 6pm and flexibility of times when a child can attend. This significantly supports families who are seen as important, something that is reflected in the dedicated space in the entry area where there are comfy couches so whanau can relax and chat while having a coffee. Blossoms Educare offers affordable and unique early childhood education, working with families to allow their children to experience this. Blossoms Educare is located at 325 Dunns Crossing Road at the Stonebrook end of Rolleston. To learn more, call 0800 102 236 or check their website: Selwyn District Councillor, Mark Alexander assists with the cutting of the ribbon. The Blossoms team from left to right: JP Singh, Nomita Singh, Noor, Sarabjit, Jared Hazeldine (Hazeldine Construction), Gurup, Arush, Barbara, Jasmine, Mark Alexander (Councillor), Nick, Baljit, Kuljit Singh.

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday February 28 2017 23 325 Dunns Crossing Rd, Rolleston (Cnr Burnham Road) Ph 0800 102 236 or 03 347 0562 | Building a new preschool Space has been set aside in the entry for whanau to relax. Considerable thought has gone into the design of Blossoms Educare’s new early childhood education centre in Rolleston. The aim for the centre was to merge town and country, a theme that fits with Blossoms Educare’s policy of providing more open space than the Ministry of Education minimum requirement; something that has proved popular with parents and children alike. From planning the size of the functional spaces, play areas, outdoor facilities, and colour scheme to the construction, a team of people have been involved. Heading the project were Blossom Educare’s development team, JP Singh and Kuljeet Singh. They found a suitable site in Rolleston, designed the centre and managed the project, working closely with builders Hazeldine Construction who co-ordinated over forty seven sub-contractors and suppliers. Jared, Jasmine and their team at Hazeldine Construction say they feel fortunate to have been involved with Blossoms Educare who they found to be professional and inclusive, allowing them to contribute to the end result. This included landscaping and laying the hard surfaces. “The brief for the outdoor space was to create different areas, including a cycle track, quiet places, and an entertaining area where children could sit. We linked this to the small house that will allow for imaginative play based around the home,” explains Nick Newell, Construction Support Manager for Hazeldine Construction. Timber was to be used instead of synthetic products and soft colours to blend with the brick colour for an earthy environment. Hazeldine Construction produced a 2D drawing to work from and chose the materials being given artistic licence to create the spaces. Nick says the outdoor area tops the preschool off, and after spending months on the internal building, it was great to be able to add the finishing touches. “It’s a play area that children can really enjoy as an extension of the centre itself rather than an afterthought. We’re proud of what has been achieved and appreciative of being able to take ownership of the total product,” says Nick. The team at Blossoms Educare are appreciative too. “The builders were brilliant, responsive and truly part of our team,” says Paula Reeves, New Projects Manager. “If you telephoned them requesting something or a change, they were on the job immediately.” Hazeldine Construction has a versatile team sharing a diverse skill set. Their projects range from hard surface concreting to building work such as extensions, kitchen and bathroom renovations, and residential and light commercial new builds. They were involved in the construction of Kaiapoi’s information centre and PlaceMakers outlet and are principal builders for Blossoms Educare’s second Canterbury early childhood centre in Rangiora. With their first Rolleston early childhood centre up and running, Blossoms Educare have no time to rest with plans in the pipeline for a second centre in the area in the not too distant future. A playhouse was part of the brief. Design team, JP Singh and Kuljeet Singh oversaw the project. Blossoms Educare has generous indoor & outdoor space. Taking enrolments now... OPEN NOW Come and view our brand new childcare centre, meet our team and discuss your enrolment needs Capacity – 130 children* including 20 under 2 year olds 20 Hours Free ECE sessions available Our Vision “Mana of the child and everyone involved in their Care and Education is our core focus, where they have unreserved and unconditional access to Early Childhood Education and Care, in partnership with parents, whanau and community”. 325 Dunns Crossing Rd at the Stonebrook end of Rolleston Ph: 0800102236 / 033470562 | E: |