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)
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
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)
Education Review Office report: The last report was in 2018 and it was most positive
Ministry of Education Licence ID number: 40033
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.
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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It is an absolute pleasure to share my experience in hope that this will provide some sense of relief and reassurance for any parent currently searching for a Childcare Centre. As a first time parent I found it extremely daunting trying to seek a Childcare Centre that I completely trusted and was happy with. After weeks of searching and inspecting many Centres I was on the verge of giving up. I was then unexpectedly introduced to the Centre by a work colleague who needed a lift collecting her child from the Centre one afternoon. When we arrived to the Centre my first impressions were not hopeful after all the disappointments from the previous Centres. As I entered into The Oleschool House I was completely blown away. I was greeted with the most amazing smiley faces from the children and the Teachers were so welcoming. All of the children were so bright and full of happiness and joy and the teachers just seemed so calm and relaxed but completely alert and focused on all the children. It was from this moment I knew my Son was going to love this Centre. His first days starting were of course quite unsettling (for the both of us).But as days progressed he slowly overcome his shyness and began enjoying the new environment and children around him. The one thing I will never forget is the love and support the Centre shared with me knowing how hard I found it as a first time parent sending my baby to Childcare. There is so much more key factors why I fell in love with this Centre. I love the fact that they have their own Chef / Cook who creates the most amazing healthy meals for the children every day. The fresh food and milk the children eat/drink is all Organic. Every Tuesday is the children’s lunchbox day and parents are always encouraged to promote healthy eating. The children have an Organic vegetable garden they nurture on a daily basis. The Centre are passionate about doing there bit in the world by reusing recyclable items and reducing the high usage of plastic and creating fantastic new toys with more Natural resources.
The children have the most amazing back yard enjoying the huge Playground and covered sandpit area. The indoor/outdoor flow and overall setup of this Centre is in my personal opinion “outstanding and phenomenal”. Eric & Julie completed an amazing task this year by extending the Centre with a huge brand new room attached to the existing centre creating more space for the children to learn in and enjoy. Overall the Centre could not operate so successfully without the amazing wonderful, caring, and kind hearted Staff they have on board. I thank all the team at The Oleschool House from the bottom of my heart.
On 4 Oct 2013, Sophie Hudson wrote:
My son has attended the oleschool house since he was 9 months old. As with all first time new mums i was rather concerned about leaving him in the care of others. My fears where very quickly alleviated by the warm and out going team. The facilities are wonderful but its the staff that make this ECE a real hub of exciting and creative learning. It takes special people to treat another's child as if there own and each and every one of the staff do this. My Son settled quickly and now brings his school bag to me to indicate he'd like to go to preschool. He is happy, mixes well and eats them out of house and home due to there wonderful cook Cleo. Nothing is too much trouble and i have recommended this ECE to all who talk to me about making a choice with there own children. I cannot recommend this establishment enough. From the cleanliness of environment, to the toys and organised play, to the organised trips, to the tailoring of care to the child, its all there within this facility. Most definitely five stars from myself and my son. I believe the jesuit quote is " give me a boy from birth to 5 years and i shall give you the man". These early years are so fundamental for setting down the way a child will view learning and outside care and i am happy to know that my son has a wonderful excitement with regards his learning and development as a future vibrant member of our society. He has no attachment problems in fact he oozes confidence and joy, the transition from mum only care to placement within his first educational facility couldn't not have gone any better. I feel very blessed to have found the oleschool house and that they were able to take my son. What more could a mum ask for?