Ownership: This service is a privately operated business e.g. it is owned by a sole trader, partnership, company or private trust
Ages of children: From infants to 5 or 6yrs
Male & Female Teachers Available: Unfortunately for children teachers of only one gender are known to be employed and present during the hours the service is opened (or at home-based agencies there are not male and female visiting teachers). If you find there are now male and female teachers please let My ECE know to update this information
A specialist early intervention service?: No this is a mainstream service
Education Review Office report: The last report was in 2015 and it was most positive
Ministry of Education Licence ID number: 70147
Qualified teaching staff: 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
My ECE Rating of this Service:
Three-Star Rating (3 out of 5 stars)
Qualified Staff: This service has a higher proportion of qualified or trained teachers/ educators.
(Centres with 80% or more qualified teachers within the legal minimum staffing requirement. Home-based services and Playcentres on a higher funding rate for educator training).
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 (or ERO has yet to make a report available on this service).
Click here to read what features are rated and what this service can do to lift its current rating
Parents rating of service: Insufficient positive reviews from parents / caregivers
On 3 May 2017, Parent request to be Anonymous wrote:
This preschool is amazing! My children love it here. A home away from home where the children feel safe and happy to come each day. Staff are friendly and get to know each child individually with it being a smaller preschool it is beneficial to the children. Lots of natural resources! not fake bright plastic everywhere like your chain preschools, where kids seem more like a number , here everyone is a big family. Highly recommend????
Parent request to be Anonymous likes: Activities for the children
Parent request to be Anonymous dislikes: A little more emphasis needed on school readiness which I think is underway
Bad experience for my child
On 19 Sep 2016, Anonymous wrote:
My experience with the Walnut Tree is not a positive one I have to admit. My child went from a loving polite and caring individual. I believe it was due to the lack of nurturing, care and one on one time that they did not show. Thankfully my child is a lot happier where he is now.
I believe it's a babysitters not a preschool.
Anonymous dislikes: The two owners need to learn some people skills. If they lack this with adults then how are they with children