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.

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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Rockabye Early Learning Centre

Licensed for up to 50 children catering for 0 – 5 years of age, Rockabye is light, welcoming and cheerful, where every consideration has been taken to create a clean, safe and stimulating environment which follows their core values of trust, quality, integrity and relationships.

Location

  • East Auckland

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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Pupuke Early Education Centre

If you are looking for a home away from home for your child then you need to look no further. Personal, loving care, home cooked meals and a philosophy embedded in the Virtues Project.

Location

  • North Shore

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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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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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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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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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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Nurserydale Childcare

Nurserydale provides your child with a home away from home where they learn to become confident, independent learners in a safe and supportive natural environment.

Location

  • Birkdale / Birkenhead

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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Andy’s Educare Ltd

Early childhood care and education that provides your child with a magical start on their life-long learning journey.

Location

  • Central Auckland

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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