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.

Kidz Unlimited

Kidz Unlimited Learning Centre is a small family owned and operated home away from home providing love, education and child care for a generation of little Aucklanders.

Location

  • Central 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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Wee Wisdom Montessori Schools

Wee Wisdom Montessori Preschools nurture children to become competent learners, preparing them not only for school, but for life itself. Our philosophy is to nurture the development of each child in our care in partnership with the family, whanau and community.

Location

  • South Auckland

Specialities

  • Childcare Centres
  • Maths
  • Reading
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Writing and Spelling
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Apples Childcare & Learning Centre

Apples Childcare is a safe & stimulating learning environment. We offer high quality education & care for children aged 3 months to 5 years. We place importance on nurturing children’s needs & promoting respect for children & their families.

Locations

  • Red Beach / Silverdale
  • Rodney
  • Whangaparaoa Peninsula

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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Kidd Inn Early Learning Centre

Our Kidd Inn family is committed to providing your children with a safe, nurturing, creative & challenging environment to help them grow into special & unique individuals.

Location

  • West Auckland

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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Christopher & Robin

We strive for excellence in all aspects of care, from our resources and facilities to our staff and healthy home grown meals. Our spacious centre provides a fun and safe place for children to learn and develop.

Location

  • Rodney

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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Scribbles Early Education Centre

Scribbles Early Education Centre provides quality affordable care for children and their families. Building strong foundations for learning in a child’s early years is paramount. We provide children with rich learning experiences with dedicated qualified educators.

Location

  • East Auckland

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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