Ownership: This service is not-for-profit and operated by a community trust, incorporated society or association
Ages of children: From infants to 5 or 6yrs
Practises Gender Equality: Exclusively all-female teaching staff (adults who are counted as teachers)
Education Review Office report: The last report was in 2018 and it was most positive
Ministry of Education Licence ID number: 20187
Qualified teaching staff: 80% to 100% of the teachers counted within the minimum ratio for the number of children hold a practising certificate recognised for teaching in NZ
My ECE Rating of this Service:
Three-Star Rating (3 out of 5 stars)
Qualified Staff: This service has a higher proportion of qualified or trained teachers/ educators.
(Centres with 80% or more qualified teachers within the legal minimum staffing requirement. Home-based services and Playcentres on a higher funding rate for educator training).
Service Size: The service operates on a small and personal scale for children and families. It is what we call a 'boutique' early childhood service.
Education Review Office report: The latest ERO report for this service was a positive one (or ERO has yet to make a report available on this service).
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Parents rating of service: FOR A HIGHER RATING AT LEAST 5 RECENT HIGHLY POSITIVE REVIEWS BY PARENTS ARE NEEDED (or 10 or more positive reviews if it's a large service)
I highly recommend Kids at Play to any families looking for an ECE within the surrounding suburbs. My daughter is nearly 2 and been there since 7mths, and loves it. The manager, U2 and O2 areas supervisors have been there almost since it started and in general has a low staff turnover. Kids at Play is one of only a few Community ECE's (not a private business run for profit) and one of the reasons I chose it, alongside being the best of 7 ECE's I visited across many factors. It is run by a Parent Governance Committee alongside the Manger, of which I'm on and can thus confirm this ECE is extremely well run, the children and parent community are at the centre of everything, there is strong involvement of the families in centre decisions made, social events, working bees, fundraising.
If you are looking for a caring community-run ECE for your littlie - KAP is excellent