Who We Are

WE’RE NOT FOR PROFIT, WE’RE FOR CHILDREN

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Bethlehem Early Learning Centres (BELC) is owned by the Christian Education Trust (CET) which is a not-for-profit organisation based in Bethlehem Tauranga.

cet-LogoThe CET was established in 1986 and has grown from strength to strength ever since. In addition to Bethlehem Early Learning Centres the CET has established Bethlehem College, Bethlehem Tertiary Institute and the Bay of Plenty English Language School. As a charitable trust all profits are invested back into education.

BELC is governed by an experienced Board of Directors who are passionate about providing transformative education with Christian values.

BELC Board of Directors

Timothy Lee (Chair)
Alan Hood
Phillip Ozanne
Wendy Cruse
Helen Gregory
Christine Carr

Currently we operate five early learning centres:

Each centre has its own Head Teacher, Administrator and ECE Teaching Team. The individual centres work closely in their communities alongside children and their families to provide care and education that reflects strong Christian values and a relational approach to learning and teaching.

CET GOVERNANCE GIVES YOU PEACE OF MIND

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The CET provides sound governance, leadership, encouragement and support to each of our centres through the BELC Board of Directors and BELC Manager, Lorraine Schou who oversees the operations and management of each centre.

ERO reports have praised the leadership Lorraine provides to the Head Teachers and teaching teams.

“The centre is benefiting from sound management and governance structures provided by BELC. The head teacher is well supported and guided by the company manager. This well established governance structure has been instrumental in supporting centre development during a period of much change.
Olive Tree ERO Report 2013, one year after BELC took over the centre.

“A considerable proportion of responsibility for financial, property and personnel matters is managed by the umbrella organisation. This management support allows the head teacher to maintain a strong focus on centre operations and community relationships. The head teacher and staff continue to receive regular, constructive guidance and advice from the company manager of BELC.”
St Andrews Preschool ERO Report 2013

This supportive leadership ensures that our centres are well managed and have high quality teaching teams. All of this translates into a secure and engaging environment for your child to thrive in!

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WHY CHOOSE A BELC CENTRE?

WE HAVE  A BIG HEART FOR CHILDREN. Our passion as educators is to nurture, affirm and encourage each child in his or her uniqueness.  We discover and develop your child’s fascinations to make sure that learning is fun.
WE WELCOME PARENT INVOLVEMENT.  We believe that parents are the primary educators and we count it a privilege to partner with you. Parents/whānau are welcome to be involved in our daily programme at any time. 
WE BELIEVE ONE SIZE DOESN’T FIT ALL.  Each of our boutique centres has its own unique personality which reflects its connection to the local community it serves. Each centre builds relationships with the people and organisations in its own backyard.
WE’RE NOT-FOR-PROFIT, WE’RE FOR CHILDREN. BELC is a subsidiary of the Christian Education Trust who provide transformative education with Christian values.  The children’s well-being is our highest priority in all business decisions.
OUR CHRISTIAN VALUES CREATE A LOVING ENVIRONMENT. We have a heart-felt desire to respect, accept, nurture, support and affirm your child. It is our privilege to develop their gifts and talents and to bring them into a positive experience of God’s love.