Rockabye Early Learning Centre

About Us

Rockabye is a privately owned, purpose-built childcare centre in Highland Park, Auckland. It is within easy access of the Howick, Bucklands Beach, Pakuranga and Botany areas.

This modern facility is run by its owner Caryn Mawkes (Dip Teaching ECE) and Supervisor Louise Sladen (Dip Teaching ECE) for the past 13 years. Their professional and nurturing staff each bring their own unique skills and teaching styles to the centre.

At Rockabye, all children are provided with an environment where their individual learning is supported where children are provided with the opportunity to:

  • Build on their language and communication skills
  • Foster and develop relationships
  • Create their own learning experiences
  • Play independently and co-operatively
  • Learn through both structured and free play

We have four core values that we aim to reflect in every aspect of our centre: trust, quality, integrity and relationships. Here’s what they mean to us.


We work hard to have strong relationships with all of our families, and we want them to feel comfortable and secure leaving their child in our care. We want families to see Rockabye as a home away from home. So it is important to us that families can talk to us comfortably about their needs and aspirations for their child.


We have high expectations of our team, and all of our staff members are qualified or in training. Parents regularly comment on the stability that our dedicated and long-standing staff provide for their child and their family. Our centre is very well resourced and we have extensive outside play areas. We aim to keep our centre clean and tidy both inside and out to provide a safe environment for your child.


Integrity to us means that we will deliver on what we promise; this means that we want to do the best that we can for our children. It also means that we expect our staff to treat parents as they would wish to be treated themselves.


We believe that relationships form the key to the education that occurs in our centre.

We work collaboratively with our parents, and parent’s participation is valued and warmly encouraged. We ask parents to share their ideas and any concerns or questions with us.

We invite parents to participate in our centre through adding to their child’s portfolio and attending family events.

In order to celebrate cultural and social diversity, we acknowledge many important dates and events and we love parents to be involved in these celebrations.

We use various forms of communication including daily emails, child portfolios, notice boards and parent interviews to keep families regularly informed about their child and the centre’s activities. We have an open door policy and our parents are always free to phone or come in and see us.

Physical environment

Our centre is light, welcoming and cheerful, where every consideration has been taken to create a clean, safe and stimulating environment. We have two classrooms and two large outdoor areas that are well resourced with toys and equipment providing many opportunities for children to explore learn and enjoy.


Our aim is to work alongside parents to enable their child to grow as a strong, independent and confident learner.

We do this by encouraging all children to:

  • Develop a love of learning
  • Seek information
  • Apply their knowledge
  • Be active, independent learners
  • Confidently express themselves
  • Safely explore their environment

Come and see for yourself!

We welcome parents to come along and visit us or call us on 09 533 0218. We are always here to discuss any of your childcare options. You and your child will be guaranteed a warm welcome.

You can also find out more about our centre online at or visit us on Facebook to view photos and videos of our quality centre.