Lincoln University Early Childhood Centre (LUECC) was initially established in 1994 to meet the needs of the students and staff of Lincoln University and is now open to everyone in the Lincoln community and surrounding areas. The Centre is licensed for thirty-three children across two areas: with a maximum of nine children in the nursery area (under two years).

The Centre is governed by Lincoln University. The daily operation and management of the Centre is the responsibility of the Manager and everyone in the teaching team, who ensure that the Centre is meeting the needs of the children attending; and respecting the aspirations that parents and their families / whānau hold for their children.

Lincoln University Early Childhood Centre promotes a learning environment where children use inquiry-based learning to enable them to become competent researchers of knowledge. Children experience a well-resourced natural environment that focuses on promoting sustainability and environmental education.

We offer a programme based on Te Whāriki, the national curriculum for early childhood education, which celebrates individual children’s interests and strengths in their learning and development journey. We endeavour to provide an environment and experiences where children are encouraged to make choices and are given opportunities to explore their world through play which promotes the optimum development of each individual child.

Children are observed while at play for the kaiako to build an understanding, appreciate and be responsive to the development of each child. This information is collected in the form of learning notes across the curriculum. Kaiako are responsive to this information and provide intentional strategies to enhance each child’s future learning pathway. This is collated in a portfolio for your child during their time at LUECC.

We offer qualified kaiako who are passionate about providing a welcoming and engaging environment with small group sizes and high-quality ratios.