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.

Bambinos Early Childhood Centre

Bambinos is a purpose built early childcare centre which has been based on the principles of running as a home away from home. Bambinos is committed to providing you and your child with the very best early childcare education with a loving and caring environment.

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • South Auckland

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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Kindercare Learning Centres

Since 1972, our 100% NZ family-owned and family-run centres have had the privilege of cherishing children through their early years. You’ll find our safe, loving centres in Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Hamilton and Palmerston North.

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • East Auckland
  • North Shore
  • Rodney
  • South Auckland
  • West Auckland

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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Prodigy Preschools

We provide quality early childhood education to children aged 0 – 5 years at our 4 locations throughout Auckland.

Locations

  • North Shore
  • South Auckland

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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Child’s Time Penrose

Child’s Time is a family owned and operated early childhood centre providing a warm, friendly environment where each child’s potential is realised through praise, sensitivity & respect.

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • East Auckland

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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Discoverys Learning Centre

Our “home” is a renovated purpose built centre. The centre has a cosy home-like environment which helps give the children and their families a sense of belonging in the centre.

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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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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Caterpillars To Butterfly’s Childcare

Learn with love and love to learn. We provide a stimulating, loving environment emphasizing social and communication skills for a lifetime of positive learning.

Locations

  • Hillcrest / Northcote
  • North Shore

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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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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Harbourside Kids

Located on Esmonde Road in Takapuna and close to both public and private transport facilities, Harbourside Kids is in a perfect location for both local and commuting families.

Location

  • Devonport / Takapuna

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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