St Clair

10 Hobson Street, St Clair, Dunedin

Our Centre

Inside a graceful historic residence, in the seaside suburb of St Clair, is Bear Park’s southern-most centre. With our unique sense of character, stimulating approach to learning and inspiration from the Reggio Emilia Approach, Bear Park St Clair is a compelling option for parents of Dunedin’s littlest residents.

We value the importance of the environment and have created many inspiring spaces that reflect the character of our centre, our children and our teachers. Our walls are alive with the work of our children, displaying the stimulating journey of learning happening within. We treasure the curiosity of each child, providing dedicated spaces for the discovery and enhancement of their many expressive languages. Our generous outdoor areas and expansive lawns allow children the space to explore and enjoy, and our wonderful garden and vegetable plots enable them to plant and nurture flowers and vegetables.

We hold a deep sense of connection with our children, their families and the wider surrounding community. We aim to foster real collaboration within our learning community, so that every child may feel supported by constructive learning experiences and positive relationships in their early years.

A Place of Engagement

We are proud of our heritage and aim to foster a sense of belonging in every child, every family and every member of the wider community.

Our Nutrition

Our menus, developed by widely respected paediatric dietician Rebecca Bruce, are prepared onsite by our qualified chef.

Our Environment

Our educational spaces are full of natural light to promote inspiring teaching and stimulating learning environments.

Our Community

As a centre, we support charities such as Otago Heart Kids, Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust, and Auckland’s Starship Hospital.

Our Focus

Our site was carefully designed to ensure the original home and garden were celebrated and respected. We incorporated several of the property’s original features, including the custom-made 1930’s sundial – a firm favourite in the Infant-Toddler outdoor play area.

  • Diversity
  • Preservation
  • Wellbeing
  • Encounters
  • “We love it. The staff are amazing and we really feel a part of the Bear Park family, have recommended Centre to several friends who now have children who attend and are also extremely happy.”

    Parent
    Bear Park St Clair
  • “There is a lovely and strong sense of community at Bear Park and an understanding of each child as unique and different.”

    Parent
    Bear Park St Clair
  • “Amazing Centre. Amazing staff. The kids love it and we never worry about them knowing they’re in great hands.”

    Parent
    Bear Park St Clair
  • “A welcoming environment providing stimulating activities and learning opportunities which also assist in the development of life skills.”

    Parent
    Bear Park St Clair

Centre Information

Location:
10 Hobson Street, St Clair, Dunedin

Open:
7.30am to 6.00pm daily, Monday to Friday 

Centre information

Centre Owner/Franchisee: 
Tony Stevely

Infant and Toddler Head Teacher
Karinna Blacklock

Preschool Head Teacher: 
Emma Hulls

Telephone: (03) 456 1010

Age of children catered for:
3 months to 5 years olds
Licence:
60 children
Location:
Bear Park Early Childcare Centre – St Clair
10 Hobson Street,
St Clair, Dunedin
Open:
7.30am to 6.00pm daily
Monday to Friday