Kakapo Creek Children's Garden

Education and Care in Mairangi Bay, Auckland
"Premium, attachment-rich, nature filled early childhood care and education"
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Licensed for
100 children
Maximum under 2's
16 children
Centre information
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A little about us

Kakapo Creek Children’s Garden offers premium, attachment-rich childcare and education in the heart of Mairangi Bay on Auckland’s North Shore. With our relationship first focus and consistent long term caregivers, our weekly farm school, our environmentally friendly playground and our bespoke architecture, Kakapo Creek Children's Garden offers you the ultimate experience in early childhood care and education. Parents are often looking for something better for their children. Kakapo Creek offers this to discerning families.

Relationships Matter

Evidence based research shows that children’s best learning and memories take place in relationship with adults who matter. That’s why, at Kakapo Creek we take special care to maintain constant, long term caregivers so that the child-teacher relationship is optimised. Research shows that disruptions in attachment relationships at a young age can be harmful to children's development. That's why we have carefully designed our processes to optimise warm, consistent care for your child.

  • our teaches work every day - so your child can depend on consistent care from teachers they know and love (many other centres have part time teachers who work split shifts)
  • our teachers are well qualified and experienced
  • your child will be hugged, nurtured, supported and known
  • our teachers love working at Kakapo Creek and value our attachment rich practices
  • we have low child:teacher ratios to enhance the contact and attention your child receives each day
  • we support families through regular social gatherings and parenting workshops

Learning Program

Children spend time every day in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities, closely connected to teachers who know them and their family. Our teachers encourage a sense of wonder and delight in our children ensuring that their natural curiosity, joy and energy is nurtured.

Children experience an enriched curriculum with a large selection of quality resources and equipment - no expense has been spared to provide the very best.  See our website for full details, information and to book a tour.

Reading and Numeracy

We use a phonics reading program and an integrated numeracy program in teaching literacy and maths skills. No child is forced to learn and teachers carefully watch for signs of interest in these concepts and encourage each individual child as they are ready.

Most learning takes place through incidental play and conversations, while our dedicated school readiness program works with children nearing school age.

Specialist Itinerant Teachers

Each week at Kakapo Creek is full of variety. We contract specialist itinerant teachers to run developmentally appropriate specialist adventures in sport, woodwork, music and movement. They are lots of fun and ensure that children of different ages and interests are specifcally cared for within our multi-age, family styled classrooms.

For Children Aged Two to Six

Children over two and a half are placed in family styled classrooms that are the best fit for their unique personality and maturity levels. There are three teachers in each classroom and these three teachers remain with the children for their journey at Kakapo Creek.

We use consistent caregivers so there is no changing teacher or classrooms on a child’s birthday. Research shows that this is best for children’s emotional and social development. Children may be enrolled part time or full time. Parents can rest assured that their young child is deeply and personally loved and nurtured throughout their journey at Kakapo Creek. Because children remain with the same classroom strong bonds are built, not only between teacher and child but also between child and parent - we journey together.

Because we understand the importance of the first 1000 days of a child’s life, we support parents with children under two years of age through our highly experienced and quality ECE teachers with exceptional ratios. We provide ecologically friendly biodegradable nappies and wipes for our children - included in the fee.

Our Planet Matters - Farm School

We’ve designed an environment that is rich in nature including our very own farm school where children go on a field trip to our farm and native bush every week.

At Kakapo Creek we know children need nature to develop their sense of inquiry and curiosity. Nature also helps us find contentment and rest.

Once a week children visit our Nature School – a day spent at our very own 1.2ha farm-forest in Silverdale. Here children will explore our one acre native bush, care for and learn about our animals – chickens, sheep, fish, and grow vegetables in our glass house and walled vegetable garden and pick organic fruit from our orchard. Children will be able to roam and explore our native bush and roll down grassy hills. This is an optional extra for families and is charged additional to our fees.


Our professionaly trained chef prepares nutritious cooked meals for our children every day. This is in additon to morning and afternoon tea and additional snacks for children who are with us for extended hours. Our chef also prepares treats for parents and will cook a special cake for your child's birthday (on request). We cook with our children and our planet in mind. So our food is vegetarian to help our planet.

Parent Support

Kakapo Creek Parents have free access to attachment and neuroscience informed parenting workshops. Full support is offered to parents who are struggling in their family relationships. Just ask at reception for an appointment with our family therapist.


Because we offer so many enhanced benefits to families, we don't compete on price. If you are looking for a cheaper early childhood experience there are many lovely centres in our neighbourhood. But if you're wanting better for your child, then come and visit Kakapo Creek to see if we would be a good fit for your child. Our fees are published on our website: www.kakapocreek.school.nz

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What this centre offers
20 hours free ECE
Discount for siblings
Open during school holidays
Regular excursions
Extra activities – yoga/dance/sports
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Kakapo Creek Children's Garden is devoted to attachment rich early childhood care and education in a sustainable, natural environment. Children at Kakapo Creek are surrounded by love, consistent nurturing care, and nature. We base our practice not on philosophies of 100 years ago, but on modern, evidence based neuroscience and attachment.


Our fees are published online - we are a bit pricey. But you get so much for the extra price! Check out our fees online: https://kakapocreek.co.nz/enrolment-options/


We serve healthy heart tick, nutritionally balanced vegetarian meals in support of our commitment to nature and the environment and to children's health and wellbeing too.

Our meals are prepared by a qualified chef who cooks with lots of fresh vegetables and fruit purchased from our local fruit and vegetable retailer. Meals are on a 4 week cycle that changes between summer and winter.

  • Morning tea consists of a variety of seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables and a carbohydrate such as hummus with crackers
  • Lunch is a nutritiously balanced cooked meal including vegetarian protein
  • Afternoon is is a variety of seasonal fresh fruit with some home baking
  • There is a late snack of fruit and crackers for children who are here after 4:30pm
409-411 Beach Road, Mairangi Bay, Auckland