Opepe Street, Taupo
Learning Links – Opepe Street, Taupo
Opened in May 2019 this Purpose Built Centre is designed with significant indoor space and an amazing outdoor environment to meet the needs of Taupo families. With amazing new resources, spacious environments and 14 heatpumps to keep everyone snug in winter and cool in summer you and your family will love spending time with us.”
We believe that Learning Links stands out from the rest through its commitment to three important educational priorities:
Learning through play
Keeping children emotionally healthy
Educating with a sustainable environment focus.
Our purpose- built centre at 8 Opepe Street in the Heart of Taupo is only a short walk to most schools.
We provide an amazing environment with a real focus on an expansive indoor area so that regardless of the weather, your child has around twice the indoor space you would find in most other Childcare centres. The indoor environment is designed to create a real sense of community with a dedicated babies area and a large area for the older children.
With an extensive range of opportunities for children to play and learn and an amazing range of play areas for your child to excel, our team looks forward to welcoming your family.
Our outdoor environment is setup to provide year round use and was designed by leading Early Childhood Education outdoor play specialists.
For Parents there is a dedicated area for you to relax, have a coffee as well as catchup with friends before starting your day.
Some of our latest adventures!
Forest Programme (At Learning Links Hector Drive)
Connecting children to nature is something we are passionate about at Learning Links Hector. An enriching programme like this certainly isn’t something that was decided one day and began the next – it has taken a lot of preparation, consideration and dedication.
Well today, our passion became a reality! The group headed off on their expedition within our local community. They began this weekly ritual with a forest karakia and a willingness to explore and test their limits in the dense bush. We are very proud that our tamariki showed such respect for the beautiful forest and its creatures and this will be something that they will remember for many years to come – a huge thank you to our Kaiako, Rebekah and Ana for bringing our programme to life today everyone should have a good sleep tonight!
Our tamariki are becoming increasingly confident and familiar with the forest. They have already gained a strong sense of direction and able to show their kaiako which way could lead us to the destination.
They were lucky to find and try some kawakawa, which we learnt that the leaves can be made into medication that helps our digestive system. We even brought some back to our centre for our friends to try as herbal tea.
No doubt, the muddy puddles was the favourite. It was such fun for each of us to get wet, get muddy and be engaged with nature! We are also amazed to see the growing resilience of our children when they slipped into mud, when they got dirty and when they were in dilemma. They were determined to take risks and challenge themselves, physically and emotionally!
It was equally impressive to notice how tamariki cared for each other and helped their peers out of a challenging situation, they were demonstrating their growing social competence and caring nature in their bush play! We highly recommend getting out into nature - the children will surprise you!
As we continue to connect locally, to our Rototuna area, we discovered Rototuna means "lake of eels". In Pre-European times, our area had a lake named Tunawhakapeke. The lake and surrounding swamps had an abundance of tuna resources. As a result of our new knowledge the tamariki are discovering where the tuna like to live now and what they like to eat! Trying to coax them out of their hiding places, the children have been patiently dangling some food for them and to hopefully catch a glimpse soon!
2020 Enrolment Fees
UNDER 3 YEARS OR OVER 3 YEARS NOT TAKING UP 20 HOURS
OVER 3 YEARS AND TAKING UP 20 HOURS
Learning Links operates as a full day service and does not offer short days or sessions; Our fees include high quality teacher ratios above Ministry of Education Standards; Minimum enrolment is two days per week; A deposit equal to one week of your booked hours will be due upon enrolment to confirm your place; Two weeks notice is required when terminating enrolment; 10% discount is applicable to your eldest child’s fees if you have two or more children attending Learning Links; Nappies and food are provided; and Formula is not provided - this must be brought in from home if required. To be read in conjunction with the Fee Policy. Fees effective from 1 October 2018.