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Kia ora / Welcome to Cherry's

Cherry's Early Learning Centres are privately owned and operated early childhood education centres located in Christchurch, New Zealand. The two locations: Riverview St in Beckenham - opened in 1991 - and Maryhill Ave in Hoon Hay - opened in 2009 - are operated by Cherry and Richard Howitt. Both Cherry's centres are licensed for children aged between 0 and 5.


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Riverview Cherry's on Riverview St
Cherry's on Maryhill Ave

Our philosophy

Children are unique individuals, supported by professional teachers and in partnership with their families, they are encouraged to be curious about our world and their place in it. Parents, as the first educators of their children, are valued for their wealth of talent and diversity.

Cherry’s is an Enviroschool where sustainable practices, both environmentally and ethically, form the foundations of our beliefs and practices. We provide a nurturing, homelike, learning environment in a garden setting, where the child’s place in nature, and respect of our earth, is valued.

Through waiata, te reo and tikanga maori our children appreciate the bicultural heritage that is theirs as young New Zealanders.

Why choose Cherry's?

Like you, we want the best for your children, and want your time at our centre to be as constructive and rewarding as possible. So why choose Cherry’s for your child?

  Privately owned and operated by locals since 1991
Fully qualified, long-serving teachers
  Each child has their own primary caregiver

Focus on sustainability through Enviroschools programme
  Two quiet suburban locations
  Unique natural play-gardens
  Bi-cultural focus through Waiata,
Te Reo and Tikanga Maori
Parents and caregivers are welcome to visit at any time.

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