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4.92 (2)

Grey Lynn - Auckland

Kindercare Grey Lynn

Looking for safe, loving childcare in Grey Lynn?

That’s what you’ll find at Kindercare Grey Lynn, where we understand that every child and every family is different. Our passionate, experienced team, led by our Centre Director, Prashanthi‌ Ferdinandus, will gently guide your little one as they grow and learn through play. We offer both full time and part time enrolment options to suit the needs of families and whānau. We can’t wait to welcome you and your child to our small, warm and safe childcare centre. We are conveniently located for families in Eden Terrace, Newton, Kingsland, and Grey Lynn.

Hours of fun and learning

Open daily throughout the year (except for weekends and statutory holidays) 7.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Thursday; 7.30 to 5.00pm Friday

Age group of children we cherish

  • Babies
  • Toddlers
  • Preschoolers
  • Transition to School


Like you, we want the best for your child. So we don’t compromise on safe, supportive, care and education. Our team works hard to ensure your family receives the highest standard of care for your weekly fee, which includes:

  • a generous annual leave allowance
  • a nutritious midday meal, prepared fresh at the centre daily – so you won’t need to pack kai
  • healthy mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks to fuel your child’s play and learning
  • our Positive Parenting program – offering tips, advice and support for every family

We know every child has different needs, and that’s why we ask that you supply your child’s own bottles, formula and nappies for each day.

Why choose our centre?

Providing safe, loving care since 1980, our daycare centre is designed to cherish your child from infancy until they are ready for primary school. Located on a quiet, leafy cul-de-sac street, you’d never believe our nurturing environment is just a five-minute drive from the Auckland CBD. Once the Arch Hill General Store in the 1800s, our childcare centre provides a unique, fun-filled atmosphere where your child will be cared for alongside tamariki of a similar age and stage of development, in specially crafted play and learning indoor and outdoor areas. Each environment is intentionally planned to provide the affectionate care, creative learning and social opportunities best suited to your child’s individual needs.

At Kindercare Grey Lynn, we celebrate each family and embrace your participation from day one. We can’t wait to share our many special traditions with you and your whānau throughout the year.

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Licensed for

50 children

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4.78 (3)

Grey Lynn - Auckland

BestStart Grey Lynn

BestStart Grey Lynn is a special childcare centre located in a quiet, secluded spot just outside of Ponsonby and close to Westmere. Our location provides easy access for parents/whanau with plenty of parking just outside.

At BestStart Grey Lynn we have a gorgeous playground that provides a challenging, natural learning environment which is a lovely quiet, peaceful place for special moments. The essence of nature in our environment engages the senses, cultivates curiosity and discovery. We are surrounded by parks and reserves and are lucky enough to have park like surroundings in our centre with lots of leafy green trees.

We have two separate spaces for children:

Our Whare room caters for children from 3 months- 2.5 years. We practice primary care-giving, where your baby will have a key teacher responsible for all their care needs and special moments. This builds secure relationships to allow us to support your child as an individual to reach their full potential. Our babies have a beautiful natural environment inside and out where children are encouraged to explore at their own pace. We provide lots of opportunities for our younger children to learn through their senses while developing their fine and gross motor skills. They are encouraged to explore the natural world around them with plenty of opportunities to explore their very own nature walk and real grass!

Our Studio caters for children from 2.5-5 years. The Studio children have a fantastic natural setting in which to learn. Our inside environment encourages thinking and exploration and our outside caters for all of those developing physical skills. We run a Be School Ready initiative where children are encouraged to begin writing their own names and even make their own lunch once a week. There is a focus on increasing children’s independence to enable each child to build foundation skills for life long learning. The Studio children go on a weekly bush walk and we encourage physical fitness through our weekly Jiggle Jam programme.

Who is BestStart?

BestStart is for families who want more from early-childhood education. Safe, nurturing and educationally focused, we’re committed to growing caring people with curious minds.

Together we teach, learn and nurture.

Our vision is to work in partnership with families, whanau and communities to enable children to achieve their learning potential.

Ko tō mātou tirohanga hei mahi ngātahi i te taha o ngā whānau me ngā hāpori, kia āwhinatia ngā tamariki, kia tū pito mata ai rāatou, hei rangatira mō āpōpō.

We are committed to being a progressive and responsive leader in early-childhood education. We do this by enhancing our services, investing in our people, developing our support structure and continuously improving the educational outcomes and experiences of our children, families and the communities we serve.

Some facts:

  • We’re licensed to educate and care for 15,000 full-time children daily.
  • 18,000 families use BestStart services annually.
  • We have over 270 centres nationwide located from Whangarei to Invercargill.
  • Each centre is managed by a Centre Manager who is supported by a local Area Manager. This gives our centre teams ongoing quality training and support.
  • Te Whāriki, the world-wide acclaimed national early childhood education curriculum, is used in all centres.
  • We have over 4500 permanent teachers nationally. Over 90% of our permanent teaching staff are either fully qualified with a diploma or bachelor of teaching (ECE) or higher, or are in training. These figures are very high by national standards within the ECE sector.
  • We provide a two-year Advice and Guidance Programme for all recently certified teachers, providing further mentoring and training. This gives strong support for teachers from provisional registration to full teacher registration with the NZ Teachers Council.
  • We regularly spend around $4 million on teacher training per annum.

We’re for children

At our heart is our commitment and passion for children. Central to this belief is our focus on the holistic development of children. We support children to explore the world around them, learning through relationships, creating a love of learning in an ever-changing world. Exploration, friendship and fun are part of the journey.

We’re for good

BestStart is a registered charity owned by the Wright Family Foundation. We support initiatives and programmes within BestStart and the wider early-childhood education sector (ECE) that support good outcomes for all children. We do this because we want to make a positive difference to the lives of all children.

Innovation leads us

At BestStart, innovation guides our thinking. We advocate positive change for learners through our research and practice. We’re proud to be thought leaders within ECE, openly challenging ourselves to think differently to provide the best for our children, families and staff.

We’re responsive

Our centres reflect their children, staff and communities. We celebrate individuality, uniqueness and diversity, encouraging a spirit of empathy, understanding and collaboration. Through our responsive relationships and our curriculum, we support learners to choose their own path.

Our people matter

At BestStart people come first. When we grow and develop our people, everyone benefits. We strive for whakamana/empowerment, nurturing a culture of excellence with engaged, talented professionals. Their commitment, skill and passion light our way.

Licensed for

42 children

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Grey Lynn - Auckland

Grey Lynn Montessori Preschool by Busy Bees

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We offer an all-day Montessori Curriculum at Grey Lynn Montessori and our routines start with children being welcomed into our childcare centre and being able to freely choose from various curriculum areas. All our materials are displayed on low shelves that are easily accessible for children, empowering them to follow their innate interests. Children can engage in activities independently, 1-1 with childcare teachers, with a peer or in small groups within an uninterrupted block of time. This supports and strengthens their ability to concentrate, make their own discoveries and master skills at their own pace.

We offer an introduction to Montessori for children aged 2 to 3 years, allowing children to learn the principles of Montessori and be well prepared for engaging in our Montessori curriculum and a fully equipped Montessori room for children aged 3 to 6 years. We also offer a wide variety of extra-curricular preschool activities such as baking, science, yoga, music and movement, dance, drama, poetry, ball games, gardening, and visual arts and crafts, both 1-1 and in small groups.

Touch base today or stop in for a tour when best suits you! 

Licensed for

50 children

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4.83 (1)

Grey Lynn - Auckland

Lollipops Grey Lynn

Lollipops Grey Lynn is a top quality, recently refurbished early childhood centre nestled in the heart of Grey Lynn. Situated on a large sunny site with plenty of outdoor space - and even our own bike park - we are the ideal home away from home for busy families. Safe and welcoming, we offer three separate buildings catering for each age and stage, all set amidst a beautiful, natural environment. Our team of caring and dedicated staff love what they do, and will go the extra mile to deliver the best care and learning opportunities for your child. Are you looking for an early childhood centre that is fun and inspiring? A centre where your child will be valued, nurtured and supported to be all they can be? You’ve found it here at Lollipops Grey Lynn.

Our philosophy

At Lollipops Grey Lynn, we value and respect each child as a unique person, a competent and capable learner who is deserving of the best possible opportunities, care and education. We respect our partners in Te Tiriti O Waitangi and the heritage of our country and its people, along with all cultures that make up our society.

Magda Gerber‘s Educaring® Approach (R.I.E - Respectful Practice ) and Reggio Emilia philosophies influence our educational programme, environments and centre culture. Children experience a nurturing, stimulating and enriching programme that fosters a sense of wonder and curiosity.

We believe that the positive relationships children experience in their day to day lives are fundamental to a holistic education. We are passionate about the role family plays in the growth and development of their children. We strongly value parents as partners and actively encourage family and extended whānau involvement inside and outside of centre life as part of our community of learners.

Lollipops Grey Lynn is a place where learning is a never ending journey – even for teachers! We see ourselves as reflective practitioners with a commitment to professional learning. By modelling this we inspire children to be independent learners and to enjoy learning and discovery as a lifelong experience.

Essentially, we strive to provide a safe and joyful place where children, families and teachers experience the connectedness of warm, caring relationships, where all parties are supported to excel in their development and have fun learning and growing together!

Our rooms

Lollipops Grey Lynn has three separate buildings which cater for each age and stage, enabling us to deliver safe, nurturing and age appropriate learning experiences for all our children.  We also have a special outside area which we call our sports field. This is where we conduct lots of our outdoor physical activities and hold special events.


Our birth to 2 year olds enjoy all the benefits of primary caregiving in our R.I.E. inspired Nursery, which includes its own separate outdoor play space. The environment is respectful, calm and nurturing, and provides a welcoming space where children set their own pace. Teachers build long lasting reciprocal relationships with children and families, working in close partnership to ensure each child’s home routine is continued at the centre.


Our Cottage caters for our 2 to 3 year olds and is set up just like a home away from home. Programmes are based on each individual child and are delivered at a relaxed pace that develops children’s individual strengths and nurtures their needs. 


Set up to cater for our 3 to 5 year olds, our well-equipped Preschool includes an amazing art studio space where children immerse themselves in messy play, creative endeavours and project work. We also run an excellent transition to school programme for the older children, delivered by a qualified teacher with a primary school background. This builds the skills kids need to truly thrive at primary school.

Why choose us?

There are a host of reasons why so many families choose Lollipops Grey Lynn. Here are just a few of them:

  • Onsite cook prepares three healthy meals a day
  • Three separate buildings cater for each different age group
  • Large outdoor play space with separate spaces for each age group, and a sports field
  • Highly regarded transition to school programme
  • Jitterbugs dance classes
  • Playball
  • Regular excursions into the community
  • Celebrate special events and festivals
  • Christmas concert for families
  • Community involvement including fundraising for local charities
  • Yoga
  • Spanish classes
  • Mud kitchen

Our team of dedicated teachers provide the  highest quality care and education,  delivering rich and inspiring learning experiences and environments that bring out the best in every child. Unlock your child’s unique potential.

Licensed for

68 children

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4.83 (1)

Grey Lynn - Auckland

Grey Lynn Kindergarten

Kia ora and welcome to Grey Lynn Kindergarten

Grey Lynn Kindergarten is based within a beautiful, heritage building that is surrounded by mature and well established gardens, simply an oasis in Central Auckland.

Grey Lynn Kindergarten, previously St James Kindergarten, was established in 1913 and is a huge part of the history of Grey Lynn and surrounding areas.

We have been part of the Enviroschools Programme since 2006. This philosophy is strongly embedded into the culture here at kindergarten. Our commitment to environmental sustainability runs through everything we do. We encourage children to develop a close connection with nature through the emphasis placed on sustaining and protecting Papatūānuku.

Our passionate and qualified teaching team are committed to deepening children’s learning through play. Children are encouraged to follow their interests, develop a sense of wonder and foster a view of themselves as learners.

Come and visit Grey Lynn Kindergarten. See this unique environment and spend some time with us. We look forward to meeting you.

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

30 children

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4.67 (2)

Grey Lynn - Auckland

The Toy Maker's Cottage Preschool

Opened in February 2017, The Toymaker’s Cottage in Grey Lynn is a city-fringe preschool inspired by the teachings of Maria Montessori and the Reggio Emilia approach to early education. Plus there’s some thinking that’s unique; a teaching philosophy that embraces nature, hand-made toys and storytelling. The cottage welcomes children aged 2 to 5 and has a maximum capacity of 31 children for full-day and part-day sessions.

There are three main learning and play environments at the Toymaker’s Cottage:

  • Upstairs children are offered semi-structured learning experiences. They are gently taught how to pay attention, complete tasks and collaborate with each other. There is a special room for storytelling and mat-time.
  • Downstairs is a less structured learning environment furnished with hand-made wooden, heirloom and nature-inspired toys. Loose-part play stimulates creativity and problem solving.
  • Outside there’s a beautiful garden where children can play in the adventure playground.  Nature inspires all kinds of educational experiences here.

The Toy Maker’s Cottage is a vision brought to life by Aucklander Caron Michael, a pre-school education specialist with more than 25 years’ teaching experience.

“Our team share a belief that a beautiful and peaceful environment is crucial to successful early learning. They understand the importance of finding a balance between the freedom of self-expression and the need for structure.”
Caron Michael

Licensed for

35 children

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4.25 (2)

Grey Lynn - Auckland

Christopher Robin Childcare

Christopher Robin’s is situated in a quiet residential street in a converted bungalow with  lots of room outdoors for children to extend their gross motor skills and explore.

Children from six months to five years old can attend.

We do have areas both indoors and outdoors for under two year olds, but there are many opportunities throughout the day for both age groups to be blended. During this time we feel the younger children are able to observe and learn from their older peers, and the older children are able to have leadership opportunities.

We acknowledge the importance of partnerships with parents and caregivers, and welcome their support and feedback.    Staff are available to chat about children’s progress and development during the day.

Families are able to access twenty hour funding for three and four year old children.

Licensed for

26 children

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Grey Lynn - Auckland

Mata'aga A'oga Amata

Our aim is to provide and support children's learning and development through the use of the Samoan language.

Our Christian beliefs and cultural values are embedded in their learning, so they will grow to be confident and competent citizens of Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Licensed for

22 children