The Ole Schoolhouse

ECE Service Category: Care and Education centre

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Ownership: This service is a privately operated business e.g. it is owned by a sole trader, partnership, company or private trust
Street or Road: 15 Toko Street
Location: Rotorua
Phone: (07) 348 1475
Ages of children: Licensed to care for children from infancy
Group / Centre Size: 51 or more children. This is a mega licensed early childhood centre. Check that small family-like group sizes are maintained, and not large classes. It is important for children's learning and emotional wellbeing to consistently have the same teachers everyday. No child should feel or be 'lost in the crowd'.
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)
Is this service HIGHLY Parent Rated?: REVIEWS OF THIS SERVICE ARE GREAT! It is achieving a number of consistently positive user reviews
Entrant in the Hall of Excellence: Yes - This service is in the Hall of Excellence
More Info on Hall of Excellence: Hall of Excellence

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COMPLIANCE warning: It has a clean record. It's licence was not downgraded by the Ministry of Education in 2019 or 2020 as far as we know (if you want to check on its history before 2019 go to more info below)
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Entrant in the Wall of Shame: NO. As far as is known there has not been a major reported incident of the standard or ethic of care falling below what society in general considers to be acceptable
More Info on Wall of Shame: Wall of Shame
Education Review Office report: The last report was in 2018 and it was most positive
Ministry of Education Licence ID number: 40033
Additional Information:

The Ole Schoolhouse recognises the importance of gender equality in the early childhood education sector and has sponsored several grants for male students embarking on early childhood teacher training.   

Find out more about this centre and read the story of its establishment "The Ole Schoolhouse Story"

Parents and caregivers are reporting in their reviews of this service that they have had a great experience with it.

The centre has a commitment to Continuous Quality Improvement. It regularly evaluates how well it is providing for children and its quality using the "NZ ECE Survey of Parent Satisfaction and Experience" developed by researchers.

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Summary:
5.0 based on 35 reviews
Pricing
5.0/5
Support
5.0/5
Staffing
5.0/5
Environment
5.0/5
Passionate Teachers and Owners
 (5.0/5)

On 14 Oct 2020, Nicole Alemann wrote:

The first time my son and I spontaneously visited The Ole School House we were greeted in the driveway by the owner himself- Eric. The second time we randomly inspected the centre (weeks later) we were greeted by another staff member enthusiastically by name!
The genuine passion and love all the staff have for their jobs shows daily in the way they welcome my child with a hugs and setup activities they know my child is interested in.
As first time parents my partner and I were nervous about finding the perfect daycare for our son. We visited a lot of daycares in Rotorua and decided to visit The Ole School house on high recommendation from a friend. We now know he is at the best centre when has to say goodbye to all his teachers before we go to the car.
Nicole Alemann likes: The enthusiasm all staff have for their jobs, The diversity of cultures explored and spoken in the centre, The vegetarian meals provided for the children
Nicole Alemann dislikes: None
Pricing
5.0/5
Support
5.0/5
Staffing
5.0/5
Environment
5.0/5
I didnt bother looking at any other daycares
 (5.0/5)

On 6 Oct 2020, Jasmine Baker wrote:

I had heard such great things about this centre from friends and work colleagues that I didnt bother looking at any others and I have never regretted it. My daughter started at 11mnths and my son at 8mnths. The staff are fantastic,friendly,enthusiastic and caring. They obviously love the children and treat them like family which I am grateful for.
There is always yummy smells coming from the kitchen and my children absolutely LOVE daycare. I have never had any concerns or issues with regards to my childrens care.
Nothing but nice things to say about them.
Jasmine Baker likes: The close knit family feel
Jasmine Baker dislikes: No dislikes
Pricing
5.0/5
Support
5.0/5
Staffing
5.0/5
Environment
5.0/5
Brilliant ECE centre
 (5.0/5)

On 8 Sep 2020, Sommer Savell wrote:

The Ole Schoolhouse in Toko St is AMAZING. My kids both went there at around 6mth and #3 will be gng in a few months too. Its like a brilliant little extended family away from your home 😊 The bonus of a centre over home based are is there are multiple staff on hand at all times, so baby is always supervised. The bubs are in an area near, but separated from, the toddlers so they can interact but bub will feel safe. The food is great, and the activities are varied all the time. Cannot recommend them enough!
Sommer Savell likes: Atmosphere,  staff,  outdoor space,  variety of activities,  safety,  meals
Pricing
5.0/5
Support
5.0/5
Staffing
5.0/5
Environment
5.0/5
Great childcare & excellent management
 (5.0/5)

On 8 Sep 2017, Nicola Brazendale wrote:

We chose The Ole Schoolhouse because we had heard great things about it and we have not been disappointed! I think it has exceeded our expectations, especially in terms of how much our son is learning every day. I felt anxious about the transition back to work and my introduction to the childcare world. But the management and staff have made it so easy. I honestly feel now that I worried for nothing. Our son loves going there, he loves the staff and he is making lots of friends. We really valued how the management let us have reduced hours at the start. That really helped us and we appreciated it hugely.
Nicola Brazendale likes: the connection my child has with his carers
Pricing
5.0/5
Support
5.0/5
Staffing
5.0/5
Environment
5.0/5
Best childcare experience to date
 (5.0/5)

On 8 Sep 2017, Ashley Scurfield wrote:

My son has been attending the Ole School House for 6 months now and I have had absolutely no concerns to date. With having an older child who has previous attended multiple daycares, I know this is rare.
The carers are all so kind and caring towards my son and I. He happily goes to them every morning with big smiles.
The in-house chef / cook is wonderful!!! serves a great balance of foods. (Has managed to get my son happily eating vegetables).
And the owners / administration staff have made my transition from another town to here smooth in regards to uncertain hours of attendance etc.
Over all the best experience of a daycare for our family to date!!
Ashley Scurfield likes: guine pig, sandpit, naptime, outside walks, staff, fruit and veges, home routine
Pricing
5.0/5
Support
5.0/5
Staffing
5.0/5
Environment
5.0/5

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