Early Learning Centre

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The Chapel Downs Early Learning Centre is based on site at Chapel Downs Primary School. Chapel Downs ELC is a fully licensed, full day early learning centre for 40 children, aged from three to five years.

The aim of the ELC is to provide a high quality early childhood education programme guided by our national early childhood curriculum "Te Whariki" in a welcoming, educational, friendly environment.

The ELC offers five full day sessions each week from 8:45am to 2:45pm and enrolment details are available on request from Early Learning Centre staff click here to contact ELC

Entry to The Chapel Downs Early Learning Centre is determined by waiting list, so it is important to enrol children as early as possible.

The school and the ELC work closely together and the daily programme allows children the opportunity to take part in a wide variety of play-based early reading, writing, language, science and maths experiences. Staff value the importance of child-initiated, play-based experiences with support from teachers, families/whanau and peers.

Once children are close to starting school, weekly visits to new entrant classes make the transition to school easier. 

The ELC is administered by a Trust Board and the Head Teacher is the Licensee.  A registration fee of $20 is required on enrolment and then a fee of $20 is paid each week for 30 hours (5 days), 4 days or less no charge.


Phone: 09 274 8002  

Mobile: 022 014 7937

Contact Staff


Jill Bathgate  [Head Teacher)

Fili McArthur

Matilda Chai

Sala Vaega


Support Staff

Atleshni Devi

Evangeline Deo

Tauga Scholes

Lois Henry (Administrator)