Small Is Beautiful Preschool

ECE Service Category: Care and Education centre

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Ownership: This service is a privately operated business e.g. it is owned by a sole trader, partnership, company or private trust
Street or Road: 27 A Summer Street, Devonport
Location: Auckland
Phone: (09) 445 2288
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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?: 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
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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)
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Entrant in the Wall of Shame: NO. As far as is known there has not been a major reported incident of the standard or ethic of care falling below what society in general considers to be acceptable
More Info on Wall of Shame: Wall of Shame
Education Review Office report: The last report was in 2017 and it was most positive
Ministry of Education Licence ID number: 20157
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Summary:
5.0 based on 28 reviews
Pricing
5.0/5
Support
5.0/5
Staffing
5.0/5
Environment
5.0/5
Small is Beautiful is truly Beautiful
 (5.0/5)

On 27 Jul 2020, Ula Vingrys wrote:

I can't find the words to express how grateful and happy I am that my daughter had the opportunity to be part of the Small is Beautiful family. She started attending SIB when she turned two and simply thrived in its warm and nurturing environment. Dani, Tracy and Christine are genuinely kind, empathetic and knowledgeable teachers. They always made her feel safe and welcome. She would come home with plenty of stories about the books they read, games they played and projects they did.
I always appreciated the messages and photographs sent by the teachers to fill me in on her activities.
We were very sad to leave but will always treasure the time our little one spent with her SIB family. Thank you!
Ula Vingrys likes: Caring Staff, Flopsy the Rabbit, Busy Book, Welcoming atmosphere, Professionalism, Free Play, Creative Projects
Pricing
5.0/5
Support
5.0/5
Staffing
5.0/5
Environment
5.0/5
Excellent daycare
 (5.0/5)

On 22 Jul 2020, Suzanne Stickney wrote:

My daughter attended Small is Beautiful from age 4 (when I found out about it) to age 5.5. I am unable to fault the professionalism, caring and nurturing ethos and warm welcome extended by Val and the wonderful team she has in Dani, Tracey and Christine. Each day my child came home full of tales of her day and the subjects they'd been working and playing around, and her transition to school has been easy. I can't recommend Small is Beautiful highly enough.
Suzanne Stickney likes: Everything
Suzanne Stickney dislikes: Nothing!
Pricing
5.0/5
Support
5.0/5
Staffing
5.0/5
Environment
5.0/5
A gem of a daycare. Wish we could give it more than 5 stars!
 (5.0/5)

On 22 Jul 2020, Carla Brown wrote:

Our son was at SIB for 2 years and has just started school. He thrived in SIB's nurturing environment, learned a huge amount and made great friends.
Val, Dani, Christine & Tracey are genuine and very caring people. We always felt safe leaving our son with them and he loved them all.
We were sad we had to leave!
Carla Brown likes: Caring safe environment
Carla Brown dislikes: Nothing
Pricing
5.0/5
Support
5.0/5
Staffing
5.0/5
Environment
5.0/5
Nurturing wonderful care...
 (5.0/5)

On 22 Jul 2020, Louise Hookway wrote:

We have always found SiB to be such a wonderfully nurturing and caring preschool. The staff are exemplary, always showing respect and genuine caring for all the children. They create a safe and sheltered environment where children feel valued. Val, the owner, is passionate about maintaining an excellent standard and is so compassionate, listening to parents concerns and being abreast of latest research and offering unwavering support to all. My children blossomed in this preschool, learning to share, cooperate and have empathy for others, begin to gain some independence and above all have some fun; engaging with and enjoying a range of fantastic resources through play and discovery. We would highly recommend Small is Beautiful!
Louise Hookway likes: The nurture and care.
Louise Hookway dislikes: That children have to move on eventually!
Pricing
5.0/5
Support
5.0/5
Staffing
5.0/5
Environment
5.0/5
The best start for our little ones
 (5.0/5)

On 22 Jul 2020, Rebecca Macfie wrote:

We are so blessed to have Small Is Beautiful as our son's preschool. Since starting at 2 years of age, he has gone from strength to strength, with the support of their incredible teachers. The varied curriculum sees new skills, interests, and hobbies evolve week on week. The teachers are so caring, attentive, and understanding, their daily communication is outstanding and the term newsletters are always a highlight. We cannot say enough good things about this center. It is a wonderful nurturing environment for young enquiring minds to thrive.
Rebecca Macfie likes: Creativity, Learning Through Play, Exploration, Communication, Relationship Building, Teacher Support, Varied Activities, Engaging Curriculum, Fee Structure, Skill Nurturing, Parent Resources, Caring Environment, Expertise
Pricing
5.0/5
Support
5.0/5
Staffing
5.0/5
Environment
5.0/5

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