Daily childcare and learning programme


Below is the program and routines of a typical day at St Marys ECEC. Individual and group planning dictate activities and experinces the children experiance throughout each day. Outings into the community complement the program.

Artwork by a child at St Mary's Early Childhood Education Centre.

Time: Activity / Routine Comment
8:00 – 10:00am Arrival and ‘free play’ This centre is set up in different curriculum areas, covering a large variety of activities and experiances. Curriculum areas include: art, drama, construction, music, cooking, manipulative, literacy, numeracy, maths, science and technology. We have easy access to both the indoor and outdoor environments. Children choose where and how they interact with the environment. Teachers work along side children guiding them and extending their knowledge by scafolding their learning.
10:00 10:15 am Morning Tea A healthy and nutritious menu, displayed at front door.
10:15 – 10:30 am Group time for ‘investigators’ Children are asigned to groups according to their ages or levels of development. A structured program that has planned by their profile teachers. Other children are free to play and interact where ever they want to.
10:30 – 12 noon Free Play As above)
12 noon – 12:30 pm Lunch time See info on menu
12:30 – 1:00 pm Rest/Sleep time Children will be encouraged to rest or sleep during this time, it is important for young children to take time out of their busy day to rest their bodies and minds for healthy learning to occur. Time allocated depends on children’s individual needs and the routine their parents set for them (babies sleep as required)
1:00 – 2:30 pm Free Play as above
2:30 – 2:45 pm Afternoon tea See menu
2:45 – 5:30 pm Free play Until they are collected

‘Transition to School’ 

Whe a child is 4-year-olds their profile teachers plan experiances around going to school.  Our Transition to School activities also help children become more independent and confident with other people and familiar with the new environment that they will find in the school.

School visits

We may be able to take a child to some of their school visits if they’ll be going to a school nearby, and will do this in conjunction with their parents.


Each group has a regular, planned outing away from the Centre. Places we have visited include:

  • the local library for their story time
  • Te Papa
  • Zealandia
  • Carter Observatory
  • Wellington Botanic Garden
  • Bus and train trips
  • Different shopping experiances.
  • St Mary’s church and vicarage.

We also walk around the block, exploring nature and the community.

News has photos and information about recent outings.