Ages of children: Licensed to care for children from 2 years of age
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 was, known to have been usually or all of the time, women only. (Note that it is best to have gender balance with children being taught and cared for by both men and women. In Home-based ECE this criterion relates to visiting teachers only)
Is this service 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 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)
My son has been here for 2 years. It's a small centre so he knows everyone and we know all the kids and teachers (and most of the parents), which we like and builds our trust. A large whanau for him. We've always been happy with the centre but have seen a big improvement since the new head teacher started in late 2016. At our recent AGM she set out the way they are approaching learning and encouraging the kids to see themselves as learners, which fits with what I have read about the importance of a growth mindset. We also like the big outdoor area.
Mel B likes: Focus on learning, focus on social skills, big outdoor area with trees and sandpit, newly renovated inside, Homecooked meals provided, positive friendly teachers, new head teacher, parent cooperative so confident the kids come first, Story park
Mel B dislikes: Hard to park nearby all day, Generally doesn't take under 2s