Ownership: This service is a privately operated business e.g. it is owned by a sole trader, partnership, company or private trust
Age group of children licensed to have: From infants to 5 or 6yrs
Gender balance: It's great for children - teaching staff of both genders are employed and present during the hours the service is open according to the Ministry of Education annual census data or according to self-report by the service (if you find this is no longer the case or is not correct please inform us at My ECE)
A specialist early intervention service?: No this is a mainstream service
Education Review Office latest report: The last report was in 2013 and it was most positive
Ministry of Education Licence ID number: 40033
Employment of fully qualified teachers: 80% or more of the teachers counted within the minimum ratio for the number of children hold a practising certificate recognised for teaching in NZ
The Ole Schoolhouse recognises the importance of gender equality in the early childhood education sector and hassponsored several grants for male students embarking on early childhood teacher training.
Click here to go to an article about the establishment of this centre
My ECE Rating of this Service:
Five-Star Rating (5 out of 5 stars)
Qualified Staff: This service is either a centre that has between 80% - 100% qualified teachers within its minimum staff-child ratio OR it is a home-based or parent-led service that is funded by the Ministry of Education for having qualified staff.
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 and ERO will not check it again for another 3 to 4 years. Or, no ERO report is known to be available yet.
Commitment to Continuous Quality Improvement: The service regularly evaluates how well it is providing for children and its quality by asking families for feedback using the "NZ ECE Survey of Parent Satisfaction and Experience" developed by researchers.
Positive Reviews: Parents and caregivers are reporting in their reviews of this service that they have had a great experience with it (an overall rating of 4 out 5 over the past 12 months).
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How parents & caregivers rate it: Reviews are great - average 4/5 stars
Putting my son (at 11mths) in daycare was a scary time, but the wonderful staff at the Ole Schoolhouse made not only my son but myself and my husband feel welcome and supported. The way they cared for me, and sent me updates on my son during the day if he had been particularly upset when I left - which was just lovely to know that they were wanting to help keep my mind at ease. My son just loves it there, and has been making friends. The thing I like the most is that the staff GENUINELY care for and form bonds with the children.
Deanna McCracken likes: The wonderful staff
Loving and nurturing second home
On 1 Mar 2017, Mia Turner wrote:
I put my son in the care of the staff at the Ole Schoolhouse just before his first birthday and during the transition process saw the tender care and concern the staff had for him and their genuine desire to ensure he was comfortable and happy. After a few weeks I can say with confidence that my son is very happy at the centre and is totally content in the presence of the friendly caring staff there. It's like his second home, an extended family for us both and I love how they have welcomed me coming in to breastfeed my son at lunch and before we leave in the afternoon. Would definitely recommend to others.
On 25 Aug 2016, sophi lee wrote:
寶貝快滿六個月的時候由於工作因素白天沒辦法照顧孩子，經過許多朋友推薦決定把孩子送到the ole schoolhouse。第一天懷著忐忑的心把孩子帶到幼兒園，一進門有親切的老師把孩子接手過去，叫媽咪放心去上班。這裡的老師們充滿熱忱，對孩子很有愛心，才送去幾天寶貝的表情就從一開始的疑惑不安轉變成安心自在。
這裡就像一個大家庭，孩子們互相學習，扶持著成長。如果你在尋找可以安心託付孩子的好學校，走一趟the ole schoolhouse，他們不會讓你失望的。
After researching our options for daycare for our son and visiting local centres we found The Ole Schoolhouse. The moment we walked in we knew we had found the loving, caring, clean, nurturing, friendly and safe environment we were searching for. The children are happy and the teachers cannot be faulted. The communication is excellent and the facilities, toys, books, resources, house-made food, play areas, ever changing decorations, and celebration days are brilliant!