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Devonport - Auckland

Takarunga Playcentre

Nau mai, haere mai and welcome to Takarunga Playcentre

Playcentre is unlike any other early childhood education organisation. At Playcentre, both children and their parents / caregivers attend.

At Playcentre children get the opportunity to learn and explore in a fun and safe environment.

The curiosity and creativity of our tamariki is nurtured in a way that allows them to learn about themselves and their world.

Your child will be given a chance to explore, create, climb, read, sing, experiment, play music, wear costumes, have their face painted (or do it themselves!), garden, do carpentry with real tools, bake and cook, build sandcastles, swing, slide, dance, spend time in nature and get messy.

The activities change every day. Playcentre parents all bring different skills, interests, and cultural backgrounds to add to the rich learning environment.

We welcome families with children aged 0 – 6 years. Mixed age play allows your children to engage with others older and younger than themselves. Pre-schoolers learn how to communicate, share and negotiate with empathy for their younger peers.

At Playcentre, families come together and lifelong friendships are formed.

We welcome you to visit any time during the year. You are entitled to three free visits so come and check out what we do – we would love to meet you and your family!

Licensed for

29 children

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Devonport - Auckland

Devonport Kindergarten

Kia ora and welcome to Devonport Kindergarten

Devonport Kindergarten offers a full six hour day model.  With a strong level of involvement in the local community and with well-established school networks, Devonport Kindergarten supports a sense of community belonging.

Here at Devonport Kindergarten, we value the importance of children’s play in developing meaningful learning experiences.  Teachers work alongside children to encourage and inspire their interests and projects.

We have three qualified registered teachers who are committed to providing high quality early childhood education, where the principles, strands and goals of Te Whāriki underpin our teaching and learning environment.  We are inclusive of the diversity that children and their families bring and value developing relationships that are responsive, reciprocal and respectful.

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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Devonport - Auckland

Narrowneck Playcentre

Our children are supported to become confident, competent self-directed learners through play based around their interests. Our children gain knowledge through play, participation and positive guidance.

Our Children’s curiosity and creativity is nurtured through the fun range of experiences provided … no two days at Playcentre are the same.

Our children develop nurturing and social skills which have lifelong benefits. Siblings attend together, allowing older children to mentor younger children and practise empathy and caring.

Our parental relationships developed through Playcentre provide support from parents and help them develop new parenting and life skills.

Our parents are actively involved in providing our children’s learning programmes. The high adult to child ratio allows a good balance for group and individual support during each session.

There is no other organisation for early childhood education and family development quite like it in the world. Thousands of kiwi children, and their parents too, have grown up with Playcentre … book in for your three visits today and come and join the fun.

Licensed for

30 children

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Devonport - Auckland

Belmont Montessori Preschool

At Belmont Montessori, we believe in creativity of the mind, body and spirit by: 

  • Being a Montessori pre-school for 2.6 to 6 year old's 
  • Learning to respect ourselves, others and our environment. 
  • Always having a next step towards learning. 
  • Having an educational curriculum which works alongside a child's interests, at their own pace. 
  • Having an outdoor programme 

We use our garden and visit our local reserve to:

  • Use our imaginations in nature.
  • Learn about our land. 
  • Be conservationists. 

Having specialised classes to broaden little minds. We have specialised classes in:

  • ​​Art
  • Baking
  • Te Reo Mãori
  • Yoga

Our philosophy

At Belmont Montessori Preschool, we practice the Montessori philosophy through a very commonsense and practical approach. It is not about having a set of rigid rules according to the latest fashion. Instead, it is about slowing down, taking care of ourselves, and creating a happy environment.

Licensed for

35 children

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Devonport - Auckland

Devonport Community Creche

We are different.

Welcome to The Devonport Community Crèche - a non-profit, teacher-led centre, offering top-quality early childhood education and care for the children of our local community, aged between 18 months and 4 years old.  Being non-profit means that we have an advantage over other for-profit childcare centres. All the money from donations and grants is reinvested back into the Crèche. What's more, we have lower child-staff rates, better-educated, passionate and long-standing staff, as well as higher rates of professional development.  

Why choose us? 

Our team of five experienced registered Early Childhood teachers have over 30 years of combined experience working at our Crèche. They work tirelessly to nurture and ensure positive and innovative learning outcomes for our children. In November 2008, our Crèche Manager, Tessa Dunleavy was awarded the NEITA National Excellence teaching award - no mean feat.

Our Crèche programme aims to foster and empower children’s holistic learning and development, nurturing creativity, autonomy, resilience, and social interaction. The result is happy, healthy, curious young minds.

Our teachers.

Here at the Devonport Community Crèche we truly believe that our staff are our greatest asset. They are a passionate bunch, so it's no wonder between them they have over 30 years of combined experience working at our special and unique Crèche. Our highly trained and experienced teachers work together as a team to ensure the needs of all children are met. It is at the heart of everything we do. Our Crèche runs during the school term and closes during the school holidays.

Our Crèche sessions are as follows:

  • Morning sessions - Monday to Thursday (9am - 12noon)
  • Afternoon sessions - Monday to Thursday (1pm - 3.30pm)
  • Full day sessions - Monday to Thursday (9am - 3.30pm)
  • Friday session - (9am - 1.30pm)

Children are offered one morning session at 18 months old. Children are then offered another morning session at 2 years old. Once children drop their afternoon nap, usually around 3 years old, children will be offered a full day session and will begin attending afternoon sessions with our older children (rather than morning sessions).

Licensed for

25 children

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Devonport - Auckland

Devonport Methodist Childcare Centre

DMCC was established in 1991 to provide quality care and education for children and families in the surrounding area. We love celebrating the on-going relationships we have with our families and seeing our ‘DMCC’ kids out and about in the community. 

We are located on the corner of Lake Road and Owens Road, Devonport. DMCC encourages children to be …”competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society”…. which aligns with the core goal of our ECE curriculum of Aotearoa.

Licensed for

60 children