Ponsonby Community Preschool

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Community Ownership: Parents likely have a strong say in how the service operates and what happens to children, all money earnt stays within it, and teachers may be paid better and childcare charges may be lower compared to most (but not necessarily all) private and corporate owned services. (Ask: Is it an Incorporated Society? Does it also have charitable status?)

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Small Boutique Centre: Centres with 50 or fewer children make it easier for staff to provide a warm and nurturing environment, for children to have their individual needs met and skills, knowledge, and competencies extended. (Ask: For continuity of care and relationships, do children stay with the same group of children and teachers throughout their time at the service?)

Small Boutique Centre:

100% Qualified Teacher Funded: All staff counted toward meeting the minimum adult-child ratio requirement must hold a practising certificate as a teacher if the service receives this level of Ministry of Education funding. (Ask: Does the service count teachers trained in the ECE of children birth to 5 years and not primary or secondary school trained teachers?)

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Men Included on Teaching Staff (as at last year): There are strong benefits of having both men and women on the teaching team for the quality of care and education a service provides to children. Additionally, gender bias in staff recruitment and employment is not generally acceptable in society today. (Ask: How many teaching staff are employed and what proportion are men?)

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Clean Licence Record (last year and the year before): To be licensed a service must comply with regulations that help ensure children’s safety, care, and a suitable standard of education. When requirements are breached the Ministry of Education may downgrade a service’s licence to provisional or issue a suspension. (Check the lists of services placed on a provisional or suspended licence https://oece.nz/public/information/standards/ published each year)

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Recommended Highly by 80% or More Families: At least 80% of families recommend the service and rate it as being very good to excellent on a range of aspects of quality. (Note that a response rate of at least 51% families on the OECE parent survey https://oece.nz/public/information/resources/parent-survey/ research instrument within the last three years is necessary here)

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  • Whitney

    This is a wonderful community preschool. Our daughter was here for 2.5 years and has many lovely memories here. The teachers are dedicated and caring, and given most of them have been there for many years, that shows how well the teaching team work together and care about this centre and the children. It was always like dropping our daughter to family. The space was always clean, well ordered and thoughtfully curated and changed up each day. A very special place.

  • Abbie Mackay

    We absolutely adore this preschool. The teachers feel like family, and go above and beyond to make it a fun and nurturing environment for the kids. Love the smaller numbers and the awesome extra activities they offer – like music, sport, and snow day. We love it so much we’ve sent our second child there even though we are living further away now.

  • Sia

    Best teachers ever, caring and loving environment, lots of activities, toys, learning recources there

  • Amy Tyler

    A wonderful environment for our 3 year old boy. He’s stimulated, well cared for and never wants to leave. The teachers go above and beyond, and have the children’s best interests at heart. A place that is very special to our whole family.

  • Natalie Moinfar

    An absolutely fantastic preschool. The love, care and consistency of the teachers is outstanding and incomparable to other centres we have attended in the area. We always feel so welcome and supported here as parents and our children. The activity stations that are set up every morning are so inviting and considered and provide so much discovery for the children daily and allow them to be very imaginative. The centre is always so clean and organised. Our sons are very happy here.

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Community Ownership:
Parents likely have a strong say in how the service operates and what happens to children, all money earnt stays within it, and teachers may be paid better and childcare charges may be lower compared to most (but not necessarily all) private and corporate owned services. (Ask: Is it an Incorporated Society?  Does it also have charitable status?)

Small Boutique Centre:
Centres with 50 or fewer children make it easier for staff to provide a warm and nurturing environment, for children to have their individual needs met and skills, knowledge, and competencies extended.  (Ask: For continuity of care and relationships, do children stay with the same group of children and teachers throughout their time at the service?)

100% Qualified Teacher Funded:
All staff counted toward meeting the minimum adult-child ratio requirement must hold a practising certificate as a teacher if the service receives this level of Ministry of Education funding. (Ask: Does the service count teachers trained in the ECE of children birth to 5 years and not primary or secondary school trained teachers?)

Men Included on Teaching Staff (as at last year):
There are strong benefits of having both men and women on the teaching team for the quality of care and education a service provides to children. Additionally, gender bias in staff recruitment and employment is not generally acceptable in society today. (Ask: How many teaching staff are employed and what proportion are men?).

Clean Licence Record (last year and the year before):
To be licensed a service must comply with regulations that help ensure children’s safety, care, and a suitable standard of education. When requirements are breached the Ministry of Education may downgrade a service’s licence to provisional or issue a suspension.  (Check the lists of services placed on a provisional or suspended licence https://oece.nz/public/information/standards/ published each year) 

Recommended Highly by 80% or More Families:
At least 80% of families recommend the service and rate it as being very good to excellent on a range of aspects of quality. (Note that a response rate of at least 51% families on the OECE parent survey https://oece.nz/public/information/resources/parent-survey/  research instrument within the last three years is necessary here)

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