About Us


Kia ora and Welcome


Halswell Learning Tree is a family owned and operated early childhood centre. Located in Halswell, Christchurch, we aim to provide the highest level of quality early childhood education and care. Halswell Learning Tree caters for children from 0 to 6 years of age in a nurturing and stimulating learning environment.


Halswell Learning Tree is open Monday - Friday from 7.30am to 5.30pm. We run a full day session (7.30am - 5.30pm), a morning session (7.30am - 12.30pm), an afternoon session (12.30pm - 5.30pm), and a half day session (9.00am - 3.00pm).

Our Mission


At Halswell Learning Tree, we provide a safe, nurturing, educational environment that celebrates and embraces diversity. We provide a well-resourced environment that lays the foundation to support each child's social, emotional, physical, cognitive, intellectual, and creative development.

Our Vision


Our vision is to create a 'home away from home' environment where children are at the centre of everything we do. Our safe and loving environment encourages children to explore and discover the world around them. We value the importance the role of play has on children's learning and development.

We want to be recognised by our community as providing trusting, affordable, and high quality care and education for our children. Our environment will foster and support the individual potential and well-being of each child. We aim to provide experiences to encourage children to develop and understanding of kaitiakitanga as we support them to value, respect, and care for the environment.

We will provide an environment that is calm, inviting, respectful, inclusive, safe, and promotes learning and development. Our dedicated and passionate teaching team role model loving relationships, work collaboratively with children and their whānau, build on children's interests, and support children to be confident and competent learners.



Our Philosophy


At Halswell Learning Tree we aim to provide children with a high quality learning envrionment that encourages them to become life-long learners. We recognise that children are unique individuals and it is our responsibility to provide experiences that nurture all aspects of their development. This includes a safe and supportive environment for children to explore and learn.


We believe that children learn best when their interests are incorporated and through play. Therefore, we provide children with opportunities to participate in structured activities and to make their own choices through free play.


Our teachers work alongside the children and in partnership with families to provide high quality education. We realise the importance of building positive relationships with children and their whānau. We encourage and welcome parents to share their aspirations for their children and have a variety of different ways parents can be involved in the programme.


We appreciate the bicultural heritage that belongs to all New Zealanders and incorporate these aspects into daily practice. We aim to provide a welcoming environment that embraces and promotes children's own cultures. Our curriculum reflects the four principles of the early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki; empowerment, holistic development, family and community, and relationships.




The Education Review Office (ERO) evaluates and reports on the education and care in schools and early childhood centres.


Please check out our ERO report


Healthy Heart Award

We promote healthy eating and living with our children. Our centre is proud to have a Healthy Heart Award.