Kauri Kids Ōtara Pool and Leisure Centre

About Us

Kauri Kids Ōtara has been catering to the multicultural Ōtara community for the past seven years.

As part of the Ōtara Pool and Leisure Centre, we are in the perfect location for your child to explore, learn and grow whilst having access to Auckland Council Leisure Centre network of early childhood educators, pools, fitness and recreations centres.

We encourage the strands and principles of Te Whariki – the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum set by the Ministry of Education - as the framework for everything we do as teachers. Our experienced staff are passionate about working with children and work alongside you to help your child achieve their goals.

We embrace the partnership of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and value the unique place of Tangata Whenua of Aotearoa. We welcome biculturalism and celebrate our diversity through events such as Matariki, Maori, Samoan, Cook Island language weeks, Diwali and the Chinese New Year.

Confident, Complete and Competent

Ōtara Kauri Kids’ vision is the three C’s: Confident, Complete and Competent. We equip our children to build confidence and trust in themselves. They learn to complete their tasks to a high standard and to believe in themselves as competent learners.

Our preschool programmes include swimming lessons with a focus on water safety and our recreation programmes such as Muddy footprints, Sporty Spots and Tumble Tots.

These programmes help children develop and master the fundamental movements used in swimming, sports activities and gymnastics, including balance, coordination, passing, catching, hitting and kicking in a fun, positive learning environment.

We are also involved with community activities such as the cultural celebrations at the local library, free dental check-ups and the Ōtara programme against bullying.

There are three parents’ evenings a year and we encourage parental involvement, welcoming parents on trips, providing feedback and setting goals with us for their children.

Physical environment

Kauri Kids is located in the Ōtara Pool and Leisure Centre, which has been a community hub in Ōtara for the past 30 years. A hub of diverse activity, Kauri Kids Ōtara is in the ideal location for your child to explore and learn. With dedicated parking, you and your family can take advantage of what the centre has on offer, including lane swimming, spa and sauna, fitness centre and basketball courts.


Kauri Kids Ōtara is a warm, friendly, family orientated Centre. We value the positive and trusting relationships that are formed between children, educators, parents and whanau. We encourage the involvement of whanau so that there is a continuity of your child’s learning between home and the centre.

We look forward to celebrating your child’s growth and development and supporting them to become competent, confident learners and a valued part of our family here at Kauri Kids.