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 2016 and it was most positive
Ministry of Education Licence ID number: 25239
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
My ECE Rating of this Service:
Four-Star Rating (4 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.
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
I have two children at XL (one since 2013) and they look forward to going everyday. The thing I love about XL is their staff for many reasons but to mention a few -
I admire and respect that it has been the same care loyal staff through out the years I've been there - allowing my kids to build good relationships and not left with unfamiliar relievers.
They have always been friendly and welcoming both to parents and children and have shown genuine care nurturing and interest beyond what I expected.
I like that they willingly give good day to day feedback when it's required and feels like they want to rather than have to but my ultimate reason is the way they interact and engaged with the kids , all of the above has been consistent (not just on the first day) and gives me peace of mind leaving my kids there.
To anyone considering XL I would recommend it 100%. There is room for improvement (as there is anywhere) but take advantage of it is a unique place, my kids are happy and we're very lucky to be among it.
Bonnie likes: staff, that under 2's can play with over 2's
Bonnie dislikes: suggest, bigger brighter under 2's area
On 7 May 2017, Jocelyn Marikit wrote:
My 3-year-old daughter loves it there. Staffs are accommodating and friendly.
The transition only took few days. I was amazed that on her 5th day at school she was not crying anymore when I left. She's happy with her 2nd home now. :)
Just the Right Preschool - XL Preschool
On 29 Mar 2017, Jotika wrote:
I have had my 2 year old daughter in a preschool prior to XL and she spent her days there crying her eyes out and absolutely not eating and drinking for the whole days... until I found XL Preschool and the moment I entered the grounds I could feel the good vibe. My daughter took instant liking to XL Preschool environment and the staff. It has such a lovely, homey and welcoming environment and staff. My daughter is settling down pretty well and it gives me the comfort feeling that she is in a safe and wonderful hands of amazing staff.
Thanks a lot Vivien, Yashmin, Sandra, Adele and Jazminder... you guys make a lot of difference. I am sure that Jia will develop well and learn a lot.
Just on a positive note, a bit more improvement could be made on the physical environment to give the place more uplift.
Jotika likes: Wonderful and amazing staff, Homey and welcoming environment
Best service and staff ever
On 27 Mar 2017, Lisa Faamausili wrote:
We enrolled my grand daughter her when she was like 21/2 yrs old best decision we ever made. My grand daughter is turning 5yrs this coming May and she is has learnt recognise and write her letters and numbers. She also knows all her shapes and is learning to write sentences. She loves coming to school. The staff have always been warm welcoming and friendly. The structures that they put in place for our grand daughter academic learning has been amazing and we could not have done it with out help of XL preschool. The staff care for our kids as if they were their own and you can not find that kind of service in most kindys or childcares today. The commitment the staff give to our kids care and learning is amazing and i am going to miss them dearly when my grand daughter moves on to her next journey of primary school
Lisa Faamausili likes: I love how caring the staff are and their commitment to my grand daughter
Best in the area
On 2 Feb 2017, Jewels wrote:
I have had 2 daughters go through XL and I am honored to write this review.
The teachers are always so very welcoming and helpful. The kids welfare and education are at the top of their priorities.
My girls always felt like they were at another home away from home.
It was great to see encouragement to have parent/teacher engagement in all the children's learning.
I have loved watching my children grow in their care, seeing their portfolio, confidence, social skills and learning blossom. It is wonderful that they hold such great values and work together with you as a parent to ensure your child feels safe and happy.
Best yet, my daughters are school ready and confident with thanks to their wonderful nurturing and time taken, so when they leave and move into their 'big' school they are truly ready.
Thank you XL team! Definitely best in the area.
Jewels likes: I like the family feel the centre has, I like the encouragement to link family and schooling life