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5.00 (6)

Birkdale - Auckland

Kauri Kids Birkdale

We're a small, homely centre on the North Shore. We've been at the heart of the Birkdale community for almost 40 years. During this time we've seen generations of whānau return with their tamariki, as well as attracting new whanau to the community.

We've built long-standing relationships with the wider community, local schools and staff from the adjoining community house.

Our wonderful natural outdoor environment includes a large, covered, all-weather sandpit and a child-size whare, complete with carvings and children's artwork.

Why choose Kauri Kids?

At Kauri Kids, we believe that with the right nurturing all tamariki can be as mighty as the kauri tree. Our goal is to enable our tamariki and their whānau to develop the skills they need to reach their potential and live a healthy and prosperous life. Kauri Kids' vision and values:

Our commitment to sustainability.

We empower tamariki to care for the environment so they can become kaitiaki (custodians), use resources wisely, and take an active role in fighting climate change. Each centre has its own environmental initiatives. These could include:

  • using cloth wipes and nappies instead of disposables
  • wet bags instead of plastic bags
  • worm farming and composting food scraps
  • beeswax wraps instead of plastic wrap
  • collecting and repurposing bread tags
  • recycling yoghurt pots and baby food plastic pouches
  • a shared vegetable and herb garden.

The power of free play

We're strong believers in the power of free play and play-based learning. That's why you won't see many 'typical' toys or structured activities when you walk into our spaces. We set tamariki up with real, everyday objects and natural play materials, and leave it up to them to choose what interests them. We help them to develop their imaginations and explore the environment around them. Children love moving and being physically active is an important part of everyday life. With this in mind, we actively encourage children to move freely on their own, as their capabilities and development allow. Tamariki are also given daily opportunities to practice climbing, balancing, kicking, throwing and jumping.

Nurturing relationships

We value respectful relationships. At our centres, our kaiako (teachers) recognise and respond to tamariki as individuals. We value their mana (self-esteem) and their sense of belonging. Kaiako also encourage tuākana / teina (older person/younger person) relationships. We teach social skills by supporting and guiding tamariki in their learning. We encourage them to be resilient, take risks, understand and express their emotions.

Creating global citizens

In order to succeed in our rapidly changing, and increasingly interconnected world, we teach our tamariki to become global citizens. Global citizenship is the idea that everyone, no matter where they live, is part of a worldwide community and they should respect other cultures and the environment and contribute to wider society. Our curriculum helps tamariki develop essential skills that will support their lifelong learning and promote respect for diversity such as:

  • problem-solving,
  • communication,
  • collaboration and
  • cross-cultural awareness. 

Licensed for

22 children

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4.86 (6)

Birkdale - Auckland

Kauri Park Kindergarten

Kia ora and welcome to Kauri Park Kindergarten

We are situated in Birkdale and pride ourselves on our spacious and natural outdoor environment.

We are committed to providing an environment that supports inquiry and play based learning. We use learner identities as a lens to see each child’s individuality within a diverse community.

Our kindergartens have early childhood qualified and registered teachers.  The teachers are dedicated to, and passionate about, early childhood education.  Each kindergarten has a head teacher plus teachers and support staff.  Quality learning programmes are based on the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whãriki.

Our learning philosophy

For the past 110 years, the Auckland Kindergarten Association has been igniting young minds by encouraging them to explore their imaginations through play. For many of us, kindergarten was where we began our life of learning; it was where we started learning skills like sharing, tolerance, patience, respect and self-confidence.

We view children as capable, competent, life-long learners, and our philosophy encourages children to make their own learning choices, problem-solve and observe and explore at their own pace…with support from teachers, parents, wider whānau and their peers. We value the importance of child-initiated, play-based experiences. Our kindergarten teachers nurture your children’s interests and natural curiosity by working alongside them, expanding language and introducing mathematical and science concepts, as well as literacy, digital technology and sustainable practices.

Our centres have gardens and natural outdoor spaces where children can create, explore, be imaginative and expressive. There’s plenty of room to safely run about, being imaginative and physically active. In fact, the natural world is essential to free-range play. AKA encourages each kindergarten community to explore and enrich their diversity and uniqueness. Some have regular excursions into the local community; some are Enviroschool kindergartens that live and breathe sustainable practices; while others engage in long-term research on child interest-based programmes of learning.

As an organisation, we formally acknowledge the dual heritage of Aotearoa / New Zealand, and work to uphold the spirit and intent of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in each kindergarten. We are accessible, secular and welcoming to the wide diversity of tamariki and whānau who attend our centres, and value ongoing partnerships between teaching teams and leadership staff with families and whānau. We value ongoing learning for teachers, parents and whānau, and the sharing of knowledge, skills and attributes is fundamental to achieving the best learning outcomes for children. Teachers and staff can access collegial professional time to ensure that quality practice is enhanced so current theories of learning and development within New Zealand’s world-class Te Whāriki early childhood curriculum are shared and understood.

Children learn

Children in our kindergartens have the opportunity to:

  • Feel confident, develop responsibility and a sense of independence
  • Play meaningfully alongside other children and adults
  • Develop effective communication skills
  • Persevere, problem-solve and take risks
  • Explore limits, boundaries, routines and conflict resolution strategies
  • Practice fine motor skills such as threading, writing, cutting and grasping
  • Develop gross motor play such as physical games like climbing, throwing, kicking, balancing and lifting
  • Develop creative expressions through painting, music, collage, movement, dance, finger-painting, drawing, cutting, pasting and story sharing
  • Develop early numeracy, literacy and science skills
  • Learn techniques through trial and error
  • Explore the world through experimenting, questioning and curiosity
  • Develop confidence and celebrate both attempts and successes
  • Develop a passion for learning and a love of life
  • Have fun!

Older children will be supported in their transition to school to make this process as simple and seamless as possible. Book a visit here on Kindello today, we’d love to meet you.

Licensed for

40 children

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5.00 (1)

Birkdale - Auckland

Eskdale Treehouse Early Learning Centre

Welcome to Eskdale Treehouse

We have created a place that children can call their own, a place that provides high quality care, where children feel secure, nurtured and loved, and families feel welcome.

Ours is a place where your child will be inspired to explore, to think, to wonder, to investigate, to make discoveries, to challenge themselves and, most importantly of all, to enjoy learning. Our Centre

Eskdale Treehouse is a family owned business providing high quality Early Childhood Education in an attractive learning environment with small group size ( maximum 30 per day ) and a comprehensive curriculum. We lie alongside the Esdale Reserve which we utilise for regular bushwalks.

We believe the Early Childhood environment is a key factor in children’s wellbeing and learning and our centre is designed to be welcoming and relaxing yet interesting and inspiring to children.

The learning environment, curriculum, and teaching strategies help children develop knowledge and understanding about their physical, natural, and social world, as well as practical self-help and self-care skills. Our Bush adventures extends the childs learning and discoveries of the natural world around them.

We offer full time or part time Early Childhood Education for 30 children, aged 2-5 years with all meals provided.

We employ 5 fully qualified and NZ registered Teachers, who are passionate about the important job they do and are committed to your child’s wellbeing.

We uphold the Treaty of Waitangi and welcome people from all cultures, abilities and genders. All are welcome.

Please call us to book a visit on 09 482 1536 or email : or visit our Face Book page. 

We look forward to seeing you soon 😀

Nicky James and Team.


Licensed for

30 children

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5.00 (1)

Birkdale - Auckland

Next Generation

Next Generation Childcare Co Ltd provides quality care and education in an enjoyable home like environment. 

We are located in suburban streets within Birkenhead. The buildings were previously family homes, but are now sole purpose childcare centres. 

Our programme and environment is designed to develop the whole child; physical, intellectual, emotional and social. It is designed to give children the opportunity to explore and experiment with different materials and activities. A wide range of rich resources are provided so children can make their own decisions as to what they will make or do. This encourages development of problem solving skills, ordering and sorting, responsibility for outcome and independence. All these are vital factors in your child's education. There are set times where we come together for group activities i.e. morning tea, music, sharing time and mat time.

Licensed for

44 children

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Birkdale - Auckland

Home Grown Kids Birkdale

Thinking about Home Based childcare with Home Grown Kids?

All of our Educators are carefully selected and screened including Police Vetting, identity checks, an interview that assess their attitudes and values toward children and an overall assessment of risk.

Enquire today and we’ll be in touch with you soon to provide the perfect option for your family.

Choosing the Best Educator for Your Child

We stand strong alongside our Educators. We care about them and we’re committed to the work they do, supporting and communicating with them every step of the way. We understand that engaged, fulfilled Educators make for happy families and even happier tamariki who thrive in these small group settings.

Small Group Setting

Our Home Based childcare groups are capped at a maximum of four children under the age of six, including Educators’ own children. This means we can offer each child the individual attention they need to flourish.

The best fit for your whānau values

Our Educators offer a range of different programmes based around their beliefs, values, culture, background and philosophies. Over 90% of our Educators hold a recognised ECE qualification. Some of our Educators are mothers and grandmothers with fantastic life skills, experience and knowledge. We’ll listen to your needs and then offer, where possible, a range of Educators. You will get to choose an Educator that you and your whānau connect with and trust.

Exceeding educational standards

An education programme that reflects New Zealand ECE curriculum - Te Whāriki. We are a Ministry of Education approved and licensed Early Childhood Education provider. Regularly reviewed by the

Education Review Office to ensure all our Home Based environments not only meet, but exceed the Ministry of Education’s Licensing Criteria for Home-based Services (2008).

Subsidies available

We’re an approved Work and Income provider and can support you to access a childcare subsidy if you are eligible.

20 hours ECE scheme

The Government subsidises all children aged 3-5 years (or 6 if not enrolled in school) who attend an ECE facility, making access more affordable for all.

Leaders in development practices for each child

All our Educators are supported and guided by our Visiting Teachers who are Qualified certificated ECE teachers with many years’ experience and expertise in early childhood education. Our Visiting Teachers regularly attend professional development to keep up-to-date with current research and theory for best practice for Education and care for under fives.

Our philosophy, vision and mission

  • Our Vision– The why – The reason we exist:

To provide a family friendly wrap around support service that enables all tamariki/whanau to learn, grow and thrive in a home-based setting. Investing in cultivating kindness, strong and professional relationships, in all our people to continue growing as lifelong learners

  • Mission Statement – The How -How are we going to achieve the Vision?

We will achieve our Vision through ensuring that every team member is emotionally invested in the well-being of our people including tamariki, whanau, Educators, communities and our Edubase family. We value successes and that these are not ours alone, the greatest success comes from the strengths of many. Our passion, knowledge and commitment will be the catalyst that enables everyone to learn, thrive and achieve.

  • Philosophy Statement

Edubase is a Home Based Early Childhood Education service that is committed to providing nurturing learning environments where tamariki thrive as individuals through an authentic play-based, natural learning education and care programme, in a home setting.

To enrich the learning of each tamariki we form strong community connections, developing links within the home and the learning environments of our Kaiako. Tamariki learn respect for people, places and things, shaping Aotearoa and developing an appreciation of New Zealand’s dual heritage. We continually strive to develop knowledge and an understanding of the cultural heritages of both partners to Te Tiriti o Waitangi – supporting a holistic approach to learning which is guided by our NZ Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whāriki.

Educators and Nannies offer comfortable, small group sizes, fostering respectful and reciprocal relationships, promoting tikanga Māori within their practice.

As an Organisation, we pride ourselves on cultivating strong, professional relationships, strengthening capability in all our people to continue growing as lifelong learners.

Edubase celebrates the diversity and uniqueness of each tamaiti, whanau and Kaiako and the gifts they bring. They are taonga, a treasure or gift. All things cultural are affirmed and celebrated, aiming to support children in gaining a positive awareness of their own and other cultures.

Tiaki nga tamariki – take care of the children

Licensed for

4 children

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Birkdale - Auckland

Birkdale Early Learning Centre

We are licensed for 32 children. We have space for 10 children aged under two and 22 children over the age of two. Birkdale early learning centre has an open door policy and families are welcome at our centre at any time. For first time visitors it is advisable to make an appointment so that we can ensure we have a teacher available to give you their undivided attention.

  • An amazing outdoor play area, with a very large sandpit that enables lots of exploratory play,
  • A separate under 2's crawling area and outdoor playground including another sandpit,
  • A huge plum tree in the middle of our playground providing shade and fruit to eat.

Licensed for

32 children

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Birkdale - Auckland

Newbies Birkdale

Our Centre at Birkdale

Newbies Birkdale is licensed for 54 Children, with a maximum of 14 under two's. The centre has three separate areas for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, the outdoor area is shared by all children with babies limited to the upper spaces.  


We are so proud of our amazing space which has been designed to put children first. We love to incorporate natural items and loose  parts throughout our play space to encourage creativity and collaboration.  

Online Portfolios

At Newbies we use the interactive portfolio system Story Park.

​Upon starting at Newbies we will guide you through joining and using Story Park


Newbies maintains high teacher to child ratios. Teachers are the most important part of your child's early childcare experience and we encourage you to make a time to come along and meet us.


In line with our Philosophy, we believe that children should be offered an environment where their well-being, belonging and development is nurtured and enriched. At Newbies we feel that our children deserve a beautiful centre to come to, one that they feel comfortable in and respect. 

Licensed for

54 children

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5.00 (3)

Birkdale - Auckland

Nurserydale Childcare Centre

** Please note : This Centre is not currently taking enrolments **

Nurserydale Childcare is a loving, engaging, and welcoming place of learning for all ākonga (learners) - children, parents & teachers. Everyone is treated with respect, trust and compassion.  At Nurserydale we believe that it is only by providing a secure and emotionally satisfying base for children that their learning and imagination will flow.

Nurserydale Childcare acknowledges Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the founding document of Aotearoa/New Zealand.  It is the basis of our nation’s bicultural heritage and every child has the right to an education that helps them to develop an understanding of the principles of Te Tiriti and our dual heritage.

At Nurserydale we value and work within the NZ Early childhood curriculum framework -Te Whãriki, we recognise the right of each child to experience an empowering curriculum which will enhance their mana and supports them to enhance the mana of others.

We also take inspiration from the Pikler/RIE and Reggio Emilia philosophies and believe RESPECT, the rights of the child, and the strong relationships we build, are crucial in supporting our children to grow into competent and confident learners.  Hence, we provide peaceful and consistent ‘education and care' through key teacher relationships for children’s sense of security and well-being.

At Nurserydale we enable mixed aged learning, siblings are always supported to spend time together.  Our children are encouraged to learn alongside children older and younger than themselves and we have times set aside during the day for smaller group work.

Nurserydale has been part of the Birkdale community for over 50 years.  We are proud of the involvement we have in our community and acknowledge that the wider world of family and community is an integral part of the early childhood curriculum.

Licensed for

45 children