Oasis Education Centre was opened in 2002 by Pauline and Martin Whyte. Their dream was to provide the Motueka community with a preschool that provided quality early childhood education with a Christian philosophy.
Over the years, many children have benefited from the loving care and quality education by a team of dedicated teachers. The preschool has grown steadily through the years and expanded to now include Granny’s Place, Oasis Family Preschool, Oasis Education Centre, Oasis+ and Oasis Preschool Mapua. The group of Oasis Preschools provide early childhood education centres that each have their own special feel and environment.
Our Christian Philosophy
One of our distinctive features is that our programme is enhanced by our special character. Christian principles and values are integrated through Christian songs, stories and prayer as a regular part of our day.
Our Centres foster Christian values that gently guide children to care for themselves, one another and the World. We believe that children learn and develop best in an environment of secure and stimulating relationships, where it is recognised that each child is a unique and important individual, whose contribution is always valued.
We want children to learn to form close, warm, respectful relationships with adults and other children. To achieve this we provide an environment that is strong and caring, fostering wonder, curiosity, perseverance, independence, responsibility and trust.
The Management and teachers at the centres provide high quality early childhood care and education for young children and offer support for parents. We achieve this by providing a quality educational programmes and experienced, qualified, and caring teaching staff.
Our centres incorporate the Principles, Stands and Goals of Te Whāriki – The Early Childhood Curriculum, which reflects the holistic way that children learn and grow. It has as its aspiration children who grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body, and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society.