We’ve been around since 1998

Family-owned and professionally run early learning centre, Lots of Hugs has been a loved member of this community for more than two decades. We welcome children between 0 to 5 years and strive towards a holistic approach to learning and child development.

In partnership with parents and the community, our experienced educators raise happy, curious, nurtured and well-rounded children who gain valuable life-skills and education. Our strengths-based approach allows us to identify what works for each child. When the time comes, each one walks out of our doors prepared to take on the world.

Our philosophy

We prepare children for a lifelong learning journey while maintaining rich relationships with parents and the community. Central to our philosophy are our core values of identity, respect, social relationships, expression, inquiry and independence. Positive role-modelling and self-directed experiences are encouraged to grow confident learners. Most importantly, we have a lot of fun as we learn and grow. Get in touch to see this philosophy at work.

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Early learning centre Ferguson Street, West End, Palmerston North
Childcare Ferguson Street, West End, Palmerston North

Our curriculum

Child-centred and educator-framed, our early childhood centre curriculum includes exciting learning programmes that reflect and respond to your child’s unique needs. Our childcare programmes are not planned in advance; they emerge on a daily basis, building on your child’s interests. Everyday our children guide their own learning through play. It’s a lot of fun. Come in and watch.

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A space for love & learning

The centre is thoughtfully designed to stimulate your child’s learning through exploration, curiosity and play. We’ve well-appointed spaces, from cosy nooks in the nursery to a more challenging environment that suits your toddler’s development needs and a preschool section that prepares your child for school. Book a tour to see our place.

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Early childhood centre, Ferguson Street, West End, Palmerston North
Early learning centre, Ferguson Street, West End, Palmerston North

Our team

We are committed to our values and to help your child flourish. Our team considers its primary role to be to help your child feel respected, supported, encouraged, inspired and cared for. We also enjoy sharing every step of this special learning with you. Book a tour to meet our team.

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Parent Feedback

My daughter has been attending Lots of Hugs for 18 months and I wouldn’t go anywhere else. The teachers are absolutely amazing and the creative activities they come up with on a daily basis are fantastic.
Absolutely brilliant ECE centre. Never ever had an issue. My four-year-old comes home with plenty of stories to share over the dinner table. They all are our second family. It’s a home away from home.
This childcare centre has gone above and beyond for my children so many times. I would recommend this place whole heartedly , a loving safe learning fun environment.