Ages of children: Licensed to care for children from infancy
Group / Centre Size: The centre operates on a small and personal scale for children and families. It is licensed for 50 or fewer children. It is what we call a 'boutique' early childhood centre.
Qualified teaching staff: 80% to 100% of teaching staff are qualified teachers (according to funding claimed from the Ministry of Education, last updated beginning of 2020).
Shows Children that Men Can Teach and Care for Young Children Too: In 2019 the teaching team included one or more men. (Note that it is best to have gender balance with children being taught and cared for by both men and women)
Highly Parent Rated: THIS SERVICE CANNOT YET BE CLASSIFIED AS A HIGHLY RATED SERVICE. (To be so it needs to have a number of recent positive reviews - at least 5 positive if a small centre, or 10 if a mega-centre or a home-based service)
Compliance with Regulations & Minimum Standards: It has a clean record. It was not downgraded to a provisional or suspended licence by the Ministry of Education last year (if you want to check on its history before 2019 go to more info below)
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