Ownership: This service is not-for-profit and operated by a community trust, incorporated society or association
Street or Road: 48 Esmond Street, Takapuna, Auckland
Phone: contact number is not available for new enrolments
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)
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 kids made friends here and loved the outdoor area and free play but there are things I don’t enjoy about this centre. Some teachers are great and creative with lots of innovative ideas for kids play, others seem to be stressed and not enjoying kids at all. Like the long opening hours, like Christmas concert and other special days mother day, father day. Do not like kids watching tv at the centre for getting sweets. Do not like constantly changing teachers and random teachers showing up at the centre “caring for kids”. Not confident about free 20 ece hours. Do not feel informed about my kid progress/activities.
X likes: Outdoor area, christmas concert, excursions, opening hours, some teachers, Free play
X dislikes: Kids watching tv, kids eating sweets, Constantly changing staff, Little Maori practice, unclear free ece rules