Te Whare Kōhungahunga o UC | Early Childhood Learning Centre (ECLC)

Early Childhood Learning Centre

Monday to Friday

116 Ilam Road, Ilam
Christchurch 8140
(entrance from Science Road car park, and next to Security building)

Phone: +64 3 369 5100
Fax: +64 3 364 3305
Email: earlychildhood@canterbury.ac.nz


Welcome to Te Whare Kōhungahunga o UC | Early Childhood Learning Centre (ECLC), the University of Canterbury’s Early Years Care and Education centre. We accommodate children up to six years old, and accept enrolments from UC students, staff and members of the wider community. We are uniquely placed at the heart of the UC Ilam campus, and offer short-day care (up to 7 hours a day), or long-day care between 7.30am to 5.30pm. Children at ECLC are in a privileged position to connect with, and tap into the resources and expertise of the University to support their learning and development. Check out the stories of our children's experiences at https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/earlychildhood/news-and-events/ 

A multicultural experience

With over 26 languages spoken in our Centre we are one of Christchurch's most diverse early childhood centres and celebrate all aspects of the wonderful cultures that come together here.

Connecting with you and your baby

Strong links between the Centre and the home are important. We work with you to help your child settle and build a sense of belonging in the Centre. 

Enrol your child with ECLC

To arrange a visit or to find out about vacancies at the Centre please contact us.