Childcare Centres

Centre based care

New Zealand offers a wide variety of options when it comes to childcare centres. Each centre has its own way of working with children and their parents. Some centres may be based around certain beliefs or methods about education, for example, Rudolf Steiner, Montessori or Reggio Emilia. Centres may also focus on and promote a particular language, culture or religion.  In common with each other, they all operate from specified premises and are licensed in accordance with the Education Act 1989 under the Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008.

Centres may offer all day education and care, or sessional care with part days. Casual centres, such as those found in shopping malls and gyms, provide childcare only for a short duration.

There are two kinds of childcare centres: teacher led and parent led.

Teacher led services

Teacher led centres are run by teachers who are responsible for the education and care of your child. At least half of the centre’s teaching staff must be registered teachers who hold a Diploma in Teaching (EChildcare centres(copy)CE) or similar qualification. Other staff in the centre may have different qualifications or experience.They may be privately owned, owned and operated by a community group, or operated within an organisation for employees with young children.
Every licensed childcare centre is regularly reviewed by the Education Review Office which produces reports. These are free online at www.ero.govt.nz/Early-Childhood-School-Reports/Early-Childhood-Reports.

Private preschools are operated by private owners. These centres usually charge fees, although access to the 20 Hours Early Childhood Education government subsidy for children between 3-5 years, as well as WINZ childcare subsidies (including OSCAR) may be available.

Depending on the centre, they may accept children from birth to school age, or children of specific ages

Kindergartens are run by a kindergarten association. Each kindergarten is run by a committee made up of parents and people from the community. This committee reports to their local kindergarten association. Kindergartens usually ask for a parent to donation or fee. Most kindergartens offer services to children aged between two and five years.

Parent led services

Parent led cPlaycentre(copy)entres are run by parents, whānau and caregivers and meet different Ministry of Education requirements in order to receive funding from the Ministry.

Playcentres are run by parents, whānau and caregivers who meet together to support their children’s early learning. Playcentres offer learning through play for children from birth to school age. Most centres are licensed by the Ministry of Education.When you enrol your child at playcentre you become a member. As a member you are expected to be involved in the running of the centre and take part in the daily programme. Each centre is linked to a regional association, which belongs to the National New Zealand Playcentre Federation. The associations provide parent education programmes of which you will be encouraged to take part. Playcentres usually charge fees or request donations. These fees or donations are generally lower than in teacher led services.

Te Kōhanga Reo centres are licensed by the Ministry of Education and seek to build young children’s and parents’ knowledge of te reo Māori (language) and tikanga (culture). Parents and whānau are responsible for the management and operation of their Kōhanga Reo as well as being closely involved in the children’s learning and development.

Te Kōhunga Reo National Trust is the umbrella organisation for all Kōhunga Reo. The trust’s role as the kaitiaki (guardian) of the Kōhunga Reo kaupapa is to ensure the quality and revitalisation of the Māori language. It does this by providing support and advice to Kōhunga Reo and advocating on their behalf.

Making a choice

With such a variety of options, choosing appropriate childcare for your child can seem overwhelming. As a parent or caregiver, it is your responsibility to ensure that your child is safe and happy in a childcare environment that is fun, educational and nurturing. When it comes to choosing the best childcare for your child you need to go with the service that feels right for you, your child and your family.

Topcare Early Learning Centres

Topcare Early Childhood Learning Centres provide high quality day and half day preschool education and care for children from two to five years of age in Papatoetoe, South Auckland.

Location

  • South Auckland

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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The Beehive Childcare Centre Ltd

A Christian based, privately owned early childhood centre. We love children and it is our desire to come alongside family and whanau to see our children being children, belonging in our community and believing the very best for them.

Location

  • Rodney

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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The Treehouse Children’s Creche

The Treehouse is a privately run centre, which offers free childcare for children, aged 0 to 5 years, of the local community.

Location

  • East Auckland

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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Sunnynook Preschool

Sunnynook Preschool offers children and their families a safe, nurturing, and stimulating educational environment. We provide a routine-based program, which focuses on literacy and numeracy skills, using everyday happenings as well as planned learning experiences.

Locations

  • Forrest Hill / Sunnynook
  • North Shore

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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Living and Learning Family Centres

A private, not-for-profit foundation dedicated to empowering New Zealand children, families, and communities, to succeed in life, even if they face social and economic challenges. Our early childhood centres are at the heart of each Living and Learning Family Centre.

Location

  • North Shore

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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Sandcastles Early Childhood Centre

Quality care and education for babies, toddlers and children, in a loving environment where relationships are pivotal.

Location

  • Rodney

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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Glenpark Childcare Centre

We provide education and care that enable children to develop essential life skills. We place an emphasis on independence, self-esteem, confidence and communication in a safe and caring environment. Our teachers are fully trained professionals who are dedicated to quality care of children.

Location

  • North Shore

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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Karaka Learning Centre

Karaka Learning Centre, where outstanding care & education is interwoven. It is the uniqueness of our centre & the quality of services provided by our highly-trained educators that contribute to your child’s learning & well-being.

Location

  • South Auckland

Specialities

  • Before/After School Care
  • Childcare Centres
  • Holiday & out of school care
  • Holiday Programmes
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Hannah’s House

At Hannah's House we encourage exploration, participation, individuality, independence, self-confidence and a childs freedom of choice in a natural and sustainable environment.

Location

  • Red Beach / Silverdale

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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Angels Childcare Centre

Angels Childcare Centres provides the highest quality care and opportunities in education, outdoor playgrounds and social development, from the very young right through to children starting school. With Centres located in New Lynn and Takapuna Auckland, we have a strong Christian foundation and we offer children an environment full of learning, fun, joy and laughter.

Locations

  • North Shore
  • West Auckland

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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