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4.80 (10)

Henderson - Auckland

Co Kids Auckland

In Henderson, Auckland, on Lincoln Road, you'll find this contemporary centre. It's dedicated to the well-being of our young tamariki, as shown by its emphasis on nutritious, sugar-free food in its menu.

As you enter Co Kids, you encounter two distinct yet seamlessly connected spaces, smartly separated by a modern, professionally equipped kitchen. The enticing aroma of fresh, nutritious kai wafts through the air, each meal thoughtfully prepared daily by the centre's dedicated onsite cook. 

Each room is a treasure trove of opportunity for young minds. The under-3 space is a captivating fusion of diverse learning areas, including a beautifully landscaped outdoor space. This serene haven provides a peaceful environment where moments of care are pivotal to learning and development, cultivating a sense of safety, respect, and emotional nurturing crucial for the youngest members of the Co Kids whānau.

Adjacent to the kitchen lies the Pre-School space, a dynamic world catering to all areas of the curriculum. A large, inviting outdoor area enhances the setting, promoting an inquiry-based approach that caters to the boundless curiosity of preschool-aged children.

At Co Kids, learning isn't confined to the structure of formal education. Instead, it is intertwined into the everyday experiences of the child through open-ended play opportunities. A plethora of resources and environments are offered that challenge and nurture their cognitive, physical, and emotional capabilities. These enriching experiences lay a solid foundation for their future development.

The team at Co Kids is deeply passionate about their mahi. They believe in fostering curiosity, creativity, and individuality and are committed to providing an environment that reflects these values. However, this is not a journey they undertake in isolation. They recognise the significance of the family and the wider community, integrating their invaluable contributions to provide enriching opportunities for the children.

As a New Zealand owned and operated centre, Co Kids embodies a vision of high-quality early childhood education within an innovative and creative environment. It sees itself as an active partner in shaping a robust community for the future, one child at a time. This commitment to their vision is what sets Co Kids apart as a priceless asset to the West Auckland community and to Aotearoa as a whole.

Licensed for

98 children

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4.96 (4)

Henderson - Auckland

MyKindy Henderson

About MyKindy Henderson

MyKindy Henderson uses a philosophy that combines the best of Reggio Emilia principles and quality education and care in an attractive and well resourced environment.  We provide healthy, nutritional meals, weekly active movement sessions, Little Scientists science classes, centre and room outings,  and a fun and stimulating educational programme.

Licensed for

60 children

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4.50 (1)

Henderson - Auckland

Kindercare Henderson - Lincoln Rd

Looking for safe, loving childcare in Henderson, Lincoln Road?

You’ll find it at our childcare centre where every day begins and ends with loving care in a relaxed, welcoming environment. Our passionate, experienced team, led by our Centre Director, Annie Williams, will gently guide your little one as they grow and learn through play, while making friends and celebrating the fun of being a child. And to support every family’s individual needs, we offer both full time and part time enrolment options.

At Kindercare in Henderson, we are certain your family will find a special place in our diverse, family-focussed centre – from your child’s first day, until they leave our care for school. We are conveniently located for families in Massey, Ranui, Henderson, and Te Atatu.

Hours of fun and learning

Open daily throughout the year (except for weekends and statutory holidays)

7.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Thursday; 7.30am to 5.00pm Friday

Age group of children we cherish 

  • Babies
  • Toddlers
  • Preschoolers
  • Transition to School

Fees

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 centredaily – 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

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

Why choose our centre?

Since 2002, we’ve been providing safe, loving care for tamariki. Our centre is a home-away-from-home for children; it’s where your little one will receive nurturing care and fun-filled learning that’s flexible and responsive to their individual needs, from infancy until they are ready for primary school.

We’ve created indoor and outdoor environments that provide spaces for children to explore, play and enjoy quiet moments, at every stage of their development. A centre that’s here for both you and your child, throughout their care and learning journey.

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Licensed for

95 children

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5.00 (1)

Henderson - Auckland

Living and Learning Family Centre Henderson

You and your child will feel the warmth in the welcome, as you enter Living and Learning’s Family Centre - at the heart of which is the early childhood centre. This modern, architecturally designed building on Universal Drive in Henderson is situated just a few hundred metres east of Lincoln Road, convenient for easy motorway access and close to the commercial heart of the Henderson community and the families we’re here to support.

The centre opened on the 31st January 2012, and is licensed to care for and educate 100 children. Centre furnishings and resources in each of the five classrooms have been specially chosen to create an innovative and friendly atmosphere, in which your child will have fun as they’re learning. Homely touches are woven into a state of the art environment that has an inviting feel, where children can settle, feel comfortable and enjoy a sense of belonging.

People and relationships are at the heart of Living and Learning, which is reflected in our evolving team, 7 of whom have been with us since our opening in 2012. They bring a wealth of experience and teaching practices.

Your child will be nurtured by a team of 22 permanent teachers, 3 support staff and 4 ECE students, as well as regular and highly-regarded relievers at the early childhood centre. West Auckland is richly diverse in cultural heritage and this is reflected in our team, who come from a range of ethnicities and are bi-lingual in several languages including Te Reo Maori, Mandarin and Indian.

As you make your way through the centre, you’ll come across the beautiful outdoor play area; designed and planned with children in mind. The wide variety of activities and play equipment provided encourages physical challenges, learning through movement, and social interaction for children, at each stage of their development.

Features include a bike track, sandpits, a “magic dome”, “glow worm caves”, a water games area, wooden bridge, a maze and so much more. This world of outdoor discovery is set in a secure, quiet, well-landscaped area of the centre, ensuring that your child will thrive, love learning to explore and enjoy all the new opportunities it offers.

Under 2’s

The program of care for our under twos is inspired by the Pikler and RIE foundations, so it’s based on the belief that trusting and respectful partnerships between children, families and teachers are the foundation for learning and happy children. Key teachers will welcome you and your child, and be there to help you settle into centre life.

By taking time, and using sensitive observation of your little one, teachers gain an understanding of your infant’s cues and competencies – which enables them to respond to their needs, and plan for and extend their learning and development.

Throughout the day, there’ll be shared “care moments” with your little one such as when they’re being fed, changed or put to sleep. These warm and peaceful interactions build a relationship with your child that enables us to understand their individual need for time, uninterrupted self-directed play and discovery.

In this way, your child’s emotional well-being is protected, so they’ll feel settled and able to develop strong attachments. It’s this reassurance that builds partnership with your family, and enables your child to trust and depend on their care-givers to respond to their needs. 

Licensed for

125 children

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Henderson - Auckland

Kindercare Henderson - Central Park Dr

Looking for safe, loving childcare in Henderson?

You’ll find it at Kindercare Learning Centres, in Central Park Drive, Henderson, where our homely, family-oriented childcare centre is designed to love your child as they learn and grow, and to support your family. Our passionate, experienced team, led by our Centre Director, Lisa Grant, value the trust you place in us to care for your child and provide for their individual needs. It’s what makes celebrating your little one’s early years all the more special. At our daycare centre, we offer full time and part time and enrolment options. We are conveniently located for families in Massey, Ranui, Henderson, and Te Atatu.

Hours of fun and learning

Open daily throughout the year (except for weekends and statutory holidays)

7.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Thursday; 7.30am to 5.00pm Friday

Age group of children we cherish 

  • Babies
  • Toddlers
  • Preschoolers
  • Transition to School

Fees

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

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 and learning since 1999, our early childhood centre is designed to care for your child from infancy until they are ready for primary school, alongside children of a similar age and stage of development. Our fun-filled indoor and outdoor environments are intentionally planned to provide the nurturing care, creative learning and social opportunities your child needs to have fun and feel cherished, as they develop and grow.

In a relaxed setting, our calm indoor spaces and expansive outdoor playgrounds provide child-focused invitations to play, and sensory-rich learning experiences.

At Kindercare Henderson, we value the trust you place in us. It is our privilege to care for your child, as you would want them cared for, and celebrate their milestones and achievements.

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Licensed for

100 children

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Henderson - Auckland

The Vines Early Learning

🌿 The Vines Early Learning Centre - Your Child's Home Away From Home 🌿

Welcome to The Vines Early Learning Centre - where children are not just nurtured but respected, encouraged, and challenged. Nestled in the vibrant community of Henderson, Auckland, we are more than your average daycare. Here, we ignite wonder, creativity, and a passion for learning in every child, paving their way for a promising future.

🔎 Why Choose The Vines?

Exceptional Care and Education: Catering to children from the age of 3 months to 6 years, we pride ourselves in offering an environment where every child can flourish and grow, exploring the world in their own unique way.

Inclusive Community Spirit: At The Vines, we celebrate the spirit of community. Our dedicated and passionate team respects and values your beliefs, culture, and expectations, fostering a warm and inclusive family - the Vines whānau.

Customised Learning Spaces: Our purpose-built centre, complemented by beautifully landscaped grounds, houses six separate areas meticulously designed to cater to all age groups, allowing children to learn and develop at their pace.

Beyond ABC’s and 123’s: We believe early childhood education transcends textbooks. Our curriculum nurtures curiosity and creativity, fostering social, emotional, physical, and cognitive skills vital for lifelong success.

Highly Qualified Staff: Our staff aren't just qualified; they are responsive, present, and fully invested in your child's growth and development, ensuring that your child receives quality time and individualised attention.

🌈 Explore Our Specialised Rooms:

Nursery Room: A haven for non-mobile children under 2, offering flexible daily routines tailored to individual needs.

Toddler Rooms: Vibrant spaces for children under 2 and 2-year-olds, encouraging child-led exploration, free play, and diverse learning experiences.

Preschool Rooms: Structured environments for children aged 3 to 4+ years, offering a blend of free play, structured activities, and a transition-to-school program to gear them up for their educational journey ahead.

💖 What Sets Us Apart?

Personalised Attention: Our higher teacher-to-child ratio (higher than MoE requirements) facilitates one-on-one interactions and fosters trusting relationships.

Outdoor Play Areas: Separate outdoor spaces for different age groups offer a safe and stimulating environment for children to connect with nature and learn through play.

Flexible Enrolment & Pricing: Understanding that each family has unique needs, we offer flexible enrolment options, subsidised care hours, and family discounts to make quality education accessible.

🌱 Come Experience The Vines Effect 🌱

Choosing the right early learning centre is a pivotal decision. We invite you to book a tour and witness firsthand the nurturing environment that facilitates growth, learning, and immense joy for every child. Book a visit today and take the first step in setting up a bright and prosperous future for your child.

The Vines Early Learning Centre - A Great Place to Grow.

Licensed for

125 children

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4.92 (2)

Henderson - Auckland

Active Explorers Swanson

Purpose-built for children aged 3 months to 5 years, Active Explorers Swanson offers the highest quality care in a nurturing, inspiring and multicultural environment. With rooms specifically designed for each age and stage, we help our kids build confidence, creativity and a sense of adventure. Our primary care focus fosters rich relationships with both children and whanau, while our exciting outdoor area is the perfect setting for activities that cultivate learning, develop gross motor skills and encourage social play. A well thought out curriculum, delivered by educators who love what they do, ensures Active Explorers Swanson kids are happy and engaged. We are the home of enquiring minds and creative thinking. Come join our family.

Our philosophy

  • At Active Explorers Swanson we believe that all children are capable and competent individuals. Our centre embraces creative thinking which is celebrated through enquiry-based learning. 
  • Here the love of learning is genuinely lived out. 
  • At Active Explorers Swanson we strongly value Primary Care which is practiced through our centre from infants to our preschool rooms. This we believe is vital for the developing of strong relationships and confident learners. 
  • At Active Explorers Swanson we encourage the learning and exploration of our children through enriching environments. We strive to provide environments which inspire learning and develop each child's unique potential. 
  • At Active Explorers Swanson we value and respect cultural identity and recognize the dual heritage of this country. Our commitment to te Tiriti o Waitangi guides our tikanga and te reo Māori practices for an authentic commitment to Te Ao Māori. 
  • We strongly believe in the building of strong relationships with our children, our families and our community which is the foundation of our centre and is an integral part in the positive development of the child. 
  • Love Learning, Love Life.

Our rooms

At Active Explorers Swanson our areas are named after one of our Native birds.

  • Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro nōnā te ngahere
  • Ko te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga nōnā te ao
  • The bird that consumes the miro berry owns the forest
  • The bird that consumes knowledge owns the world 

Piwakawaka  (Infant area)

Like our infant tamariki the piwakawaka is the smallest of our birds however while they may be small they are full of character and grow and adapt in their surroundings.

Piwakawaka (Infant 1): 3 months to 16 months

Piwakawaka Nui (Infant 2): 16 months to 2 years

Kea (toddler area):

The characteristics of a Kea and a toddler are very similar as they are both very curious, playful and social by nature

Kea iti (Toddler 1): 2 to 3years

Kea Nui (Toddler 2): 3 to 3.10years

Kereru (preschool area)

The Kereru is a large and strong bird with a strong flying ability and assist with the regeneration of the native forests through their ability to spread the need seeds.  Our preschool tamariki like the kereru are spreading their strong wings and when they leave us, they are taking their knowledge out into the world.

Why choose us?

There are a host of reasons why so many West Auckland families choose Active Explorers Swanson for their child. Here are just a few of them:

  • Conveniently located close to buses and trains
  • Purpose-built for different age groups
  • Respectful, inclusive, multicultural environment
  • Primary care approach helps grow children who are strong, capable and confident learners
  • Lots of fun physical challenges like bikes, climbing, sand and water play
  • Open door policy encourages parents/caregivers to spend time at the centre getting to know our educators and our programmes
  • Healthy Heart meals provided – breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and late snack
  • Individual planning ensures the best possible outcomes for each child
  • We incorporate a range of different celebrations and events into our centre curriculum

Licensed for

125 children

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5.00 (1)

Henderson - Auckland

ACG Sunderland Early Learning School

A positive foundation for learning

During these early years children acquire a variety of important skills that help them learn, and develop relationships with others in order to successfully participate in school life.

ACG Sunderland Early Learning school encourages children to see learning as enjoyable and useful. We provide a strong and caring foundation for their intellectual, physical and social development.

The ACG Sunderland Early Learning school is licensed for 24 children, with a teacher–child ratio of one to eight. This ensures close quality of care and education for all our children.

About us

Our Preschool equips students with the fundamental skills to thrive at Primary School, with a strong focus on language-based activities that provide formal and informal opportunities for thinking, problem solving and experimenting.

Early childhood curriculum

Our preschool provides children with the fundamental skills required to succeed at primary school. With oral language forming the basis of literacy, we put an emphasis on language-based activities that provide opportunities for thinking, problem-solving and  experimenting. Through opportunities to listen and respond to stories, children are encouraged to attempt independent writing and reading.

Staff plan for the children’s learning using the models provided by Te Whariki, the Ministry of Education’s Early Childhood Curriculum and Kei tua o Te Pae, the Narrative Assessment, using Learning stories to provide a ‘where to now’ for individual children. All children and their families have the opportunity to contribute to their online portfolios at any time.

Learning is a pleasurable experience

The Preschool programme reinforces and builds on a child’s natural inclination to learn by offering varied, stimulating and enjoyable learning experiences. The Preschool provides children with the fundamental skills required to succeed at Primary School. Since oral language is the basis of literacy, there is an emphasis on language-based activities that provide opportunities for thinking, problem solving and experimenting.

By listening and responding to stories, children are encouraged to attempt independent writing and reading.

Activities

Our children  experience a range of activities both at the preschool and out in the community. These activities enhance their education and align with our holistic approach to learning. Visitors may include police officers, St John Ambulance staff, firefighters, and even guide dogs and their handlers. Students also enjoy visits to the museum, preschool graduation ceremonies, Christmas parties and other trips.

Licensed for

24 children

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5.00 (1)

Henderson - Auckland

BestStart Montessori The Children's House

BestStart Montessori The Children’s House is a warm and welcoming Montessori Preschool in Henderson, West Auckland catering for children aged 2 to 6 years of age and offering both sessional and full day care and education.

The Montessori philosophy offers student centred lessons and activities where children are hands-on and active participants. Our Montessori teachers act as guides and consultants to students on a one-on-one basis and each child is assisted along his or her own learning path. Our well-resourced environment is supportive of this approach.

In the preschool we offer a beautiful spacious playground with many natural elements and lovely established trees.

We have two classrooms so that our programme can be tailored to meet the individual needs of children. Ruma Iti is our introductory classroom for 2 year olds and Ruma Nui classroom is for older children transitioning to continue with the 3-6 year old curriculum.

Our families benefit from excellent child to teacher ratios and a stable and passionate teaching team who bring a wealth of experience and knowledge.We offer 20 ECE hours and fees for additional hours are affordable and competitive.

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

50 children

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4.17 (1)

Henderson - Auckland

Henderson Kindergarten

Henderson Kindergarten provides a rich and stimulating learning environment and is a place where children can happily learn and thrive. We provide a large outdoor natural environment which fosters children’s curiosity and independence and is an area where children can explore a range of interests. We implement a play based approach to learning where children can explore, experiment, discover and solve problems in imaginative and playful ways.

We are located next to the Opanuku reserve and is a longstanding establishment with a well-established reputation for top quality, innovative teaching.

We cater to a range of age groups from 2 to 5 years where all children are encouraged to play and learn with and alongside each other. This fosters co-operation and the implementation of Māori concepts such as Ako and Tuakana-Teina.

We pride ourselves on offering a centre where everyone is welcome to learn confidently and at their own pace. Children here demonstrate a real sense of belonging. They settle quickly and establish effective relationships with each other and the teachers.

Children are able to pursue and develop their interests with the support of caring and capable teaching staff.

Our team values the input of family and whānau, and encourage regular involvement. We also ensure that we include family aspirations for their child in their documentation and ensure that these are encouraged throughout their learning journey. We also include family and whānau input in fundraising and other kindergarten events. We love to work collaboratively with each other and the families of our little ones to make sure they are being supported in ways which fit their unique needs.

We also help children with a smooth transition to school by ensuring that they have developed essential skills for life.

We feed into a range of local schools in our area and many of our children have gone on to attend these schools with confidence.

The teaching team all have a sound knowledge of Te Reo Maori to ensure that we deliver bicultural learning programmes based on the Te Whāriki curriculum.

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)

Henderson - Auckland

Krafty Kidz

Krafty Kidz is a private childcare centre, owned and operated by Janine for the past 16 years.  We are responsible for providing our infants, toddlers and young children with positive, enriching, learning experiences and we strive to model respect, patience, care and education.

Our aim is to encourage and support a community of confident and independent little people, who, when they leave Krafty Kidz, will continue to take on new risks and challenges, engage in problem-solving and critical thinking and have all the fundamental skills to continue on their journey as life-long learners.  Developing independence & creativity In our open plan environment, children are able to self-select from a wide range of activities and opportunities.  Children can move freely between indoor and outdoor areas.

Our centre culture is described as welcoming and home-like, providing children with challenging but familiar and attainable experiences.  Forming positive relationships We believe emotional engagement is the key to powerful learning and as a small learning centre, we form strong bonds with children and their whanau.  Families are welcomed and encouraged to share goals for their children as learners with a strong sense of identity, language, uniqueness and culture.

We acknowledge Maori as Tangata Whenua and encourage partnerships with all families through the concept of whakawhanaungatanga (getting to know each other).  Celebrating diversity Children learn best with and alongside other children from diverse cultures and ethnicities and through tuakana/teina (older person/younger person) relationships. Learning is not limited by age, ability, ethnicity, background or gender. We value the diversity of our community.  We are proud to be a service that meets the needs of families in West Auckland and we look forward to creating a partnership with you, your child and whanau.

Licensed for

27 children

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5.00 (1)

Henderson - Auckland

Summerland Kindergarten

At Summerland Kindergarten, children are well supported by teachers to develop friendships and confidence in themselves as capable, confident learners.

The teachers at Summerland Kindergarten foster strong relationships with their multi-cultural families.  This creates a caring environment where diversity is embraced and everyone is welcome.

Here at Summerland Kindergarten, the learning environment is spacious and well-resourced.  Come and see for yourself!

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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Henderson - Auckland

JeMMa's Home-Based Henderson

JeMMa’s Home-based Education and Childcare was founded on the belief that early childhood education plays a major role in a child’s ability to develop skills and learn throughout life. 

As a kindergarten teacher, Jenny Tyrrell could see that children who had a focus of learning whilst in a home environment appeared better equipped to learn in the future. As well as this, children who were well socialised with other children of different ages appeared to cope better than others. 

It was those two key observations which cemented her belief; that a child, learning with other children, in a homebased environment rather than an institutional environment, was the best way to go. And that’s how JeMMa’s started. The name is derived from a combination of the two directors names, Jenny and Martin. 


At JeMMa’s we believe that home-based education and care is the next best alternative to learning at home with Mum or Dad 

Children who learn in a comfortable home-based environment seem to develop strong problem solving, social and learning skills. Because they are in a comfortable, uncrowded environment children they get the chance to develop and learn at steady pace with all the help they need. 

JeMMa’s children receive lots of one-on-one time with their educator, as well as interaction with other children in different age groups. These are two core components in the development of happy, energetic, sharing, respectful, thoughtful, problem solving and fun loving kids. 


Our Philosophy 

JeMMa’s is a quality privately owned family focused Homebased Education and Childcare Service that is committed to ensuring that all children, parents, whānau and kaiako are welcomed and encouraged to play an active role in promoting positive outcomes for our learners. We are guided and inspired by Te Whāriki our early childhood curriculum which encourages us to appreciate that children come into the world eager to learn and we see this as a privilege where we can work in partnership with children, parents and whānau to empower our learners through responsive engaging environments and experiences where they can reach their highest potential and develop an enthusiasm for ongoing learning. 

Building and sustaining quality learning focused relationships with everyone is the essence to who are and what believe is valuable for outcomes for children and their ongoing wellbeing and development. Our nurturing relationships will be underpinned through our Christian values and connection with people within our service and our wider communities.  Our environments will embrace cultural diversity of Aotearoa and our commitment to Te Tiriti O Waitangi will be authentic. 

We view all children as unique learners where they will have endless opportunities to learn through play and develop a range of knowledge, skills, and learning dispositions. This will spark children’s independence, urge to lead their own learning, social skills, curiosity, creativity, discovery, ability to express themselves and things that are important to them. Our kaiako will dedicate quality time with our children where they will nurture those in the moment opportunities and offer the guidance, support, and encouragement that our learners need to blossom and thrive. 

Licensed for

4 children

A picture of BestStart Seymour Road Kindy

Henderson - Auckland

BestStart Seymour Road Kindy

BestStart Seymour Road Kindy is a childcare and early education centre located in Sunnyvale, West Auckland, close to the train station and Parrs Park. We provide care and education for children aged from 2 to 5 years old. We offer morning and afternoon sessions, both part time and full day care, to best meet the needs of your family

Our teaching team are experienced and qualified in Early Childhood Education. We are enthusiastic about providing quality learning opportunities to all children in our care.

Your child’s development is recorded in an individual portfolio that reflects their learning interests and stages of development. Our families love our diversity and enjoy celebrating this together as a community.

Outside, our children are encouraged to actively explore the wonderful natural environment with lots of water and sand play. Inside, your child will be able to access a vast range of resources and equipment specifically chosen to encourage and support children’s learning and development.

We offer:

• Fun, friendship and learning

• Qualified teaching team

• Affordable rates, 20 ECE hours

• Morning and afternoon tea provided

• Excellent teacher to child ratios

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

28 children

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Henderson - Auckland

Swanson Playcentre

Swanson Playcentre is a parent co-operative with a child-led play philosophy; as parents we run a centre which teaches life skills through play.  Our whole ethos has always been about supporting parents to understand how children can thrive and learn in a relaxed and supportive environment. We are dedicated to the understanding that play is learning and that creativity is central to child development. We are a community  where people make life-long friends and find a strong community. It’s a community where adults can learn alongside children.

We pride ourselves in leading our children’s early education through their play as an alternative to teacher-led play where the children have freedom of choice in their activities with a large variety of play areas encompassing Physically Active Play, Sand and Water Play, Fantasy and Family Imaginative Play, Carpentry, Paint, Playdough and Collage, Messy Play and the list goes on!

Our role as parents is to play alongside our own and other children and to interact with them whilst providing them with nurturing support and guidance, and the encouragement to become independent individuals who belong to an amazing loving family within our Playcentre.

Swanson Playcentre welcomes everyone and we offer you:

  • 3 free visits
  • Lots of laughter, fun and friendships
  • Learning through Play
  • A Licenced Early Childhood Education provider
  • A supportive family and community of all cultures
  • High Adult to Child Ratios (1:2)
  • Free quality Adult Education
  • Mixed age sessions: 0 – 6 years
  • Committed to Te Tiriti O Waitangi and Bi-Culturalism
  • Whānau/family Co-operative
  • A session time of 2 1/2 hours
  • A safe place to have FUN with your children


Licensed for

30 children

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Henderson - Auckland

Little Ranges

Welcome to Little Ranges Early Learning Centre! A small centre catering for children from infants to school age. With a fantastic, large open outdoor space with lots of natural grass and room to run and explore! Qualified and experienced kaiako are here to guide and nurture your children. Liscensed for just 20 children and only upto 10 under 2s, we strive to be a home away from home! We follow the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum and have engaging programmes and where the child is at the heart of all we do. 

Licensed for

20 children

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Henderson - Auckland

Divine Early Learning Centre

Divine Early Learning Centre, is a new, Whānau owned centre that is located in Henderson, right in the heart of our community.

Our centre philosophy - "He tāonga ā tātou tamariki mokopuna" "Our children are our treasures". We are family and community driven whānau, weaved with strong strands of equity & excellence for all of our treasures/tamariki.

Licensed for

35 children

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Henderson - Auckland

Just Kidz Henderson

Just Kidz Henderson is a wonderful, purpose-built early childhood education centre, located in the hub of Lincoln Rd. We have dedicated rooms for infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers with amazing nature inspired playgrounds to the front and the rear of the building. We are proud of our experienced and passionate early childhood educators who provide ‘a fun place to learn’, whilst ensuring each and every learner feels safe, welcomed, recognised and supported in their development and care. At Just Kidz Henderson, we value, respect and recognise each child’s culture and identity. We want our children and families to hold a true sense of belonging within our childcare centre and to feel that we are an extension of their home and community.

Licensed for

90 children

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Henderson - Auckland

Barnardos Early Learning Centre Henderson

Henderson Early Learning Centre is a safe, vibrant and welcoming space where your child will thrive and develop a lifelong love for learning.

We love to get together to move, sing and make noise; dance parties are one of our favourite activities.

The little bridge in our native garden is where imaginations go wild, sometimes it leads to Neverland and sometimes it leads to a tropical island full of dinosaurs!

Parents and whānau are a vital part of our team, music sessions and shared lunches are just some of the activities our families love to join in on.

Convenience

Our aim is to create the best conditions for your child's learning, wellbeing and care. We also know how important it is to give you the convenience you need and reassurance that your child is in safe hands. Our central location, loving team and tailored environment are all waiting to be discovered by your whānau.

Full and part day hours, and Storypark - our online parent communication tool, are just some of the ways we try to make things a little easier for parents. Local excursions, delicious meals and fun activities are just the beginning when it comes to being the best we can be for your child.

Engaging environment

Our happy and nurturing environment will inspire, stimulate and empower your child to learn in their own unique way. The outdoor spaces challenge and excite the imagination, while our spacious and light filled indoor areas offer room for reading, rest, and engaging indoor learning experiences. Our children love painting, waiata and the many  play areas they have to discover.

Connecting with the outdoors

We only know who we are, by knowing where we come from. That's why building a strong connection with nature and our local community is so important. We believe it helps your child develop a sense of belonging and identity and positively influences their learning experiences.

Were located next to Henderson High School and close to the Henderson train station.

We're so lucky to have so many wonderful options on our doorstep here in Henderson. We grow our own vegetable and herbs in our garden and go on community excursions to the local library, park and community events regularly.

Nutrition and wellbeing

We strive to provide nutritious and delicious meals and snacks to support physical and mental development. We encourage healthy eating habits and offer a balanced menu to keep your child well fueled throughout the day. The children also love being involved and we use the vegetables and herbs we grow, in our meals.

Your child will enjoy cooked meals by our centre cook:

  • Morning snack
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon snack

Our centre is nut free and we're happy to cater for any allergy or other dietary requirements as required.

Staff who nurture and inspire

Our qualified and experienced teachers are committed to caring for and nurturing your child. They build a strong connection with each child throughout their early learning journey and go out of their way to ensure every child feels supported and their unique needs are met. 

Our teachers create positive opportunities for your child to develop physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. They help guide your child as they navigate new friendships, master new skills and build independence and resilience to get ready for school and lay the foundations for lifelong learning.

Licensed for

30 children

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Henderson - Auckland

Henderson Valley Playcentre

The purple Playcentre in the valley.

Come and enjoy our playground, large shaded sandpit and grassed areas with a huge covered deck. We are a diverse group of warm and friendly families who will do our best to make you feel welcome.

OUR PHILOSOPHY: Child-Initiated, Adult Supported Play!

We pride ourselves in leading our children’s early education through their play. Playcentre is an alternative to teacher-led play where the children have freedom of choice in their activities with a large variety of play areas encompassing Physically Active Play, Sand and Water Play, Fantasy and Family Imaginative Play, Carpentry, Paint, Playdough and Collage, Messy Play and the list goes on! Our role as parents is to play alongside our own and other children and to interact with them whilst providing them with nurturing support, guidance, and encouragement to become independent individuals who belong to an amazing loving family within our Playcentre.

Licensed for

30 children

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Henderson - Auckland

Learning Adventures Henderson

Welcome to Learning Adventures Henderson, a high quality, family orientated early childhood centre in the heart of Waitakere. Your little one will love our creative and vibrant environment, which provides endless opportunities for fun and learning. Inside we have dancing areas, art spaces and quieter areas for puzzles and reading – while our incredible outdoor areas feature huge sandpits, obstacle courses, fruit trees, gardens and plenty of open space for running and bike riding. 

Our child led curriculum gives plentiful opportunities for children to build on their interests and skills, and is delivered by dedicated, passionate teachers who love what they do. Prepare your child for success in this ever changing world. Start their journey at Learning Adventures Henderson.

Our philosophy

  • At Learning Adventures Henderson we believe that respectful, responsive and reciprocal relationships are at the heart of early childhood education.
  • We value a play based environment that encompasses and integrates all aspects of a child’s hauora (well-being).
  • At our centre, children are taonga (treasures) who are inquisitive, unique and feel empowered to have an active role in their learning.
  • They approach the world full of wonder through playful and imaginative ways. Children feel respected, a sense of manaakitanga (trust) and are supported to make positive choices.
  • We are intentional teachers through our professional knowledge and understanding of the child to support and extend their interests and needs. 
  • We are responsive to children through both spontaneous play and by planning for children individually. 
  • We also allow children to lead their own learning and cherish their interests.
  • To strengthen a sense of whanaungatanga (family connection) we develop trust and effectively use meaningful ways of communication with our whanau. 
  • Through establishing these relationships we develop insight into the cultures, languages, beliefs, values and aspirations of our multi-cultural centre.
  • Children develop aroha and appreciation for the environments that surround them. 
  • Through showing respect to Papatūānuku we provide opportunities to create art with nature, be with nature and look after nature (kaitiakitanga).
  • Our environments have spaces where children can explore freely, have some quiet time, construct, create and express their thoughts and ideas.

Our rooms

In order to provide the highest quality and most age appropriate learning experiences to all our children, Learning Adventures Henderson caters for three different age groups - under 2s, 2 and 3 year olds, and preschoolers.

Between 7:30 – 9:00 am, and 4:00 – 5:30 pm all age groups combine in the Pohutukawa Room, providing a great opportunity to develop and benefit from tuakana-teina relationships.

Puriri Room (Babies)

This safe and homely environment is where our youngest tamariki aged 1 – 2 can explore their surroundings, learn new skills and gain confidence. We have our own exclusive deck area with smaller obstacles, a sandpit and water trough play. We even have two art easels on the fence so we can take our art outdoors. Puriri Room children are also encouraged to explore larger obstacles under supervision and socialise with our older tamariki to foster tuakana-teina relationships.

On any given day in the Puriri Room, we explore art, books, music and movement, sensory experiences and most of all, developing communication and relationships. Our Kaiako (teachers) understand the importance of having a language rich environment where tamariki are safe to explore, learn and develop at their own pace and become confident and competent learners.

Pohutukawa Room (Toddlers)

Fully equipped for our busy 2 – 4 year olds, the Pohutukawa Room has a huge outdoor space with a sandpit, obstacle course, bikes and swings. In fact, some of our tamariki call it “the park”! Inside we have a variety of resources and activities that the tamariki can access themselves, encouraging great self-help skills and the ability to lead their own learning. Indoor highlights include our construction play area, science area, reading area and a family play area. Three tables are regularly set up with new experiences, including one which is dedicated to art projects.

Kauri Room (Preschool)

The inspiring and exciting Kauri Room is where you’ll find our 4 – 6 year olds. We have a great outdoor area, equipped with a large sandpit, water/messy play area, obstacle course, real grass and even our own orchard with fruit trees and plants. Our curriculum encourages self-help, independence, resilience and social competence through play, the environment, attitude and strategy building. We help children develop confidence around school readiness by having a regular lunchbox day, and encouraging children to take responsibility for the resources they use and for their shoes, bag, hat and drink bottle.

Why choose us?

There are a host of reasons why families choose Learning Adventures Henderson. Here are just a few of them

● Our teachers are caring and nurturing and we find ways to empower children to allow their learning to  blossom.

● Delicious, healthy meals are provided by onsite cook

● Our large outdoor spaces are an oasis of serenity, surrounded by nature.

● Our environment expresses children’s creativity and artistic endeavours.

● We support children with learning social and emotional skills needed in order to develop a strong, positive, sense of self.

● We have strong partnerships with our whānau, incorporating their aspirations and ideas into our centre.

● Transitions into the centre, within the centre and onto Primary school are important to us. We have great relationships with the local schools including Tirimoana.







Licensed for

59 children

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Henderson - Auckland

BestStart Montel Avenue

Take my hand and together, we will discover, explore and learn about ourselves, each other, our community and the world around us. Ehara taku toa i te roa takitahi engari, he toa takitini - Success is not the work of one, but the work of many

Pukeko Room (3 month to 2 years)

Our nursery is a warm, caring environment filled with love and little explorers actively discovering the world around them! Our Kaiako plan the curriculum based on our pepi’s interests, developing skills and our whanau aspirations, working alongside parents and caregivers to ensure partnerships with families that support continuity between home and centre and provides deeper knowledge of each and every infant.

Kiwi Room (2 to 3.5 years)

Our boisterous toddlers love exploring and making new discoveries! Our passionate Kaiako set up provocations to encourage our tamariki to think outside the box, utilizing up-cycled and natural materials to ensure our children are learning about sustainability and looking after our precious whenua. Our teachers engage with families to build and maintain strong relationships that are supportive of children’s learning and family aspirations. 

Tui Room (3.5 to 5 years)

There is nothing better than hearing preschoolers who love to learn! And that is exactly what you hear in our Tui room. With experienced teachers who share that same love for learning, our Tui tamariki experience an environment where they are encouraged to develop their independence as they prepare for Primary school with our specially designed Be School Ready program! Our teachers strive to create a safe and calm home-like environment to support children's social and emotional learning.

This is achieved by ensuring our environment is familiar for children and their families, through consistent routines and strong meaningful relationships. Learning in the Tui Room is a hands-on approach, encompassing our families aspirations and with play as a curriculum that focuses on the children’s interests and dispositions, encouraging Tamariki to gain a love for learning as they engage in the carefully planned environment and experiences.

Garden to Table

Our huge vegetable garden offers our tamariki the opportunity to get involved in their meals, planting, caring for and eventually harvesting the vegetables to take to our kitchen where our talented cook turns it all into delicious, nutritious meals worthy of our Healthy heart award.

Part of the award winning BestStart family, we've been voted the Most Trusted early childhood education provider in New Zealand. BestStart Montel is your child's destination for early learning. 

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

80 children

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Henderson - Auckland

Lollipops Swanson

At Lollipops Swanson we strongly believe that all children are capable and competent individuals. We encourage children to cherish their own cultural identity while being mindful and respectful of other children’s cultural backgrounds and beliefs. We recognise that our unique bicultural heritage is founded on the Treaty of Waitangi and that our children have the right to experience the language, music, art and stories of the culture of Aotearoa.


Our Philosophy

  • At Lollipops Swanson we strongly believe that all children are capable and competent individuals. We encourage children to cherish their own cultural identity while being mindful and respectful of other children’s cultural backgrounds and beliefs. We recognise that our unique bicultural heritage is founded on the Treaty of Waitangi and that our children have the right to experience the language, music, art and stories of the culture of Aotearoa.
  • Children need to feel a sense of belonging with a desire to contribute and at Lollipops Swanson we provide a safe and stimulating environment that nurtures and encourages children to become confident, communicative learners. We believe family/whānau are valuable as part of each child’s learning journey, so we encourage regular communication between all involved.
  • We believe that children learn through play and we encourage them to be inspired by nature, using natural resources and promoting sustainability.
  • Our motto is to respect yourself, others and the environment and with the help of strong, reciprocal relationships with parents/whanau and the community, we have confidence that we can uphold this ideology.

Our rooms

Lollipops Swanson has three separate rooms, enabling us to deliver safe, nurturing and age appropriate learning experiences for all our children. Each age group also has its own outdoor play area, designed so that children can enjoy safe, fun activities that activate their imaginations and inspire discovery and learning.

Nursery

This safe and nurturing space is dedicated to our youngest children, aged from birth through to 2 years old. 

Toddler Room

The next step on their journey is our Toddlers Room which caters for our 2 to 3 year olds.

Preschool Room

Our Preschool Room is where our 3 to 5 year olds prepare for their transition to school.

Why choose us?

There are a host of reasons why families choose Lollipops Swanson. Here are just a few of them:

  • Warm, family orientated environment
  • Excellent staff ratios
  • Professional passionate teachers
  • Separate outdoor play areas for different ages
  • We use natural resources and encourage sustainability
  • Breakfast provided
  • Healthy Heart bronze award
  • Reggio inspired programme
  • Open door policy for parents
  • Regular excursions into the local community, including the Auckland Zoo, MOTAT and Kiwi Valley Farm
  • We embrace cultural celebrations (e.g. Diwali, Matariki, Easter, Christmas, St Patrick’s Day)
  • We support local charities (e.g. Red Nose Day, Daffodil day, Pink Ribbon breakfasts)
  • We host an annual Halloween Carnival, with all profits going to our chosen charity

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.


Preschool Room

Our Preschool Room is where our 3 to 5 year olds prepare for their transition to school.

Licensed for

75 children

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Henderson - Auckland

Go Bananas Childcare Te Atatu

Welcome to Go Bananas Childcare!

Leaving a child with a childcare facility is an important decision. For most of the children, it marks the first time they will be away from their parents for a long period of time. We are delighted that you are considering our services as an integral part of your child’s upbringing. We are committed to providing the best quality care and education for children from 3 months to 6 years old.

Research shows a child’s first five years are critical to all future learning and development as their brains develop most rapidly during this time. By age three a child’s brain has already developed to 80% of its adult size with brain connections formed through the interactions, experiences, and relationships the child makes. The quality of these interactions, experiences, and relationships is crucial and that is why a child’s involvement in a quality early learning program is so important.

Why Choose Us

  • Provide indoor and outdoor educational spaces which are age-appropriate and designed to engage and support children to discover, grow and learn.
  • Offer children the experiences to support their cognitive, emotional and physical development.
  • Plan from each child’s individual interests, we aim to work alongside their interest, making them to be creative, curious and confident to develop positive and lasting relationships with their peers.
  • Promote the very best practices to nurture children’s well-being and support them to fulfil their potential.
  • Partner with families to ensure our children feel a sense of belonging.
  • Acknowledge and respect the diversity of our families and communities in which they reside.
  • Have educators, teachers, and leaders who are passionate, dedicated and they support and celebrate each child’s individual talents and strengths through meaningful interactions, experiences, and relationships.

Licensed for

36 children

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Henderson - Auckland

Go Bananas Childcare Lincoln Road

Welcome to Go Bananas Childcare!

Leaving a child with a childcare facility is an important decision. For most of the children, it marks the first time they will be away from their parents for a long period of time. We are delighted that you are considering our services as an integral part of your child’s upbringing. We are committed to providing the best quality care and education for children from 3 months to 6 years old.

Research shows a child’s first five years are critical to all future learning and development as their brains develop most rapidly during this time. By age three a child’s brain has already developed to 80% of its adult size with brain connections formed through the interactions, experiences, and relationships the child makes. The quality of these interactions, experiences, and relationships is crucial and that is why a child’s involvement in a quality early learning program is so important.

Why Choose Us

  • Provide indoor and outdoor educational spaces which are age-appropriate and designed to engage and support children to discover, grow and learn.
  • Offer children the experiences to support their cognitive, emotional and physical development.
  • Plan from each child’s individual interests, we aim to work alongside their interest, making them to be creative, curious and confident to develop positive and lasting relationships with their peers.
  • Promote the very best practices to nurture children’s well-being and support them to fulfil their potential.
  • Partner with families to ensure our children feel a sense of belonging.
  • Acknowledge and respect the diversity of our families and communities in which they reside.
  • Have educators, teachers, and leaders who are passionate, dedicated and they support and celebrate each child’s individual talents and strengths through meaningful interactions, experiences, and relationships.

Licensed for

22 children

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Henderson - Auckland

Lincoln North Kindergarten

At Lincoln North Kindergarten, the teachers are dedicated to, and passionate about, early childhood education.  Lincoln North kindergarten has a head teacher plus 2 teachers who are qualified and registered, and 2 support staff.  The quality learning programme is based on the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whāriki. Lincoln North Kindergarten has been newly refurbished with inviting learning spaces for children to create, explore and make discoveries.

The teachers at Lincoln North Kindergarten provide children with many opportunities to learn about literacy, numeracy and technology in their play.

Here at Lincoln North Kindergarten, children and their families are well supported in the transition to school, making this a seamless process.


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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Henderson - Auckland

Sturges Road Kindergarten

At Sturges Road Kindergarten we value our whole learning community for their contribution, skills and knowledge. We believe in building strong relationships, encouraging whānau to be part of their child’s learning journey and celebrating cultural diversity. We are located next to Western Heights Primary School and are continually developing our shared partnership with the junior school. Learning is life long and together we nurture our curiosity, imagination, creativity and unique ways of who we are, what we do and what we think.

What makes our kindergarten so special?

  • Our welcoming and friendly teaching team
  • We are a bush kindergarten – going on weekly visits to the bush, where children spend their time exploring the natural environment
  • Our kindergarten has a strong relationship with Western Heights Primary School with an amazing transition to school programme
  • Once a month, Edmonton Meadows Rest home visit our kindergarten – we build strong intergenerational relationships
  • Each term our kindergarten goes on an excursion!
  • All our teachers are IYP certified, fully registered and have current first aid certificates

We are a very experienced teaching team with our own life experiences adding to our skills and knowledge. We have a positive, reflective attitude with diverse strengths and views. This team diversity enriches our approach to teaching and learning. The shared leadership within our team reflects the value that our whole learning community have leadership potential. We respect and are compassionate to the needs and uniqueness of each child and family through professional and nurturing relationships.

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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Henderson - Auckland

The Learning Lane

We value Whānaungatanga - A family focus

The Learning Lane is a family focused business and we pride ourselves on offering a family focus/whānaungatanga.  We recognise and value all cultures and incorporate the Treaty of Waitangi with Te Reo Māori and Tikanga.  Each family’s culture is important and we will endeavour to understand whānau aspirations, needs and beliefs for their child.

We value the love of learning - Ako

We believe all who come here are unique with diverse skills and capabilities and are lifelong learners. We will promote education and learning through a variety of experiences that will enhance each person’s values, dispositions and funds of knowledge.                                                                                                                            

We value challenging and growing

We understand that development occurs within a stimulating environment where there are experiences and opportunities that encourage thinking, problem solving, reasoning and experimenting.  As we are challenged we grow to become competent, capable learners. As we become competent and capable learners we gain new skills and increase our funds of knowledge.                                                                                                             

We value listening and responding

Communication is vital in building strong reciprocal relationships. We believe all should feel valued, respected and loved during their time at TLC and ensure that voices are valued and listened to. We communicate by expressing our feelings, needs, interests and opinions with each other in respectful, positive ways.  We then listen, understand and respond.  Listening is an expression of love and respect and responding will help meet the needs of those we communicate with.  Listening helps us plan for learning and ways we respond.                                                                                       

Caring, respecting and nurturing

Through working together each of us will endeavour to nurture and build up each other through having an understanding, caring and forgiving heart.  We will look for the best in each other by respecting one another’s beliefs, belongings and cultures, thus building a sense of security and self-confidence.  We will promote this to benefit our family, friends and wider community so that as we care, nurture and respect others, we will learn to respect and take care of ourselves. 

Licensed for

25 children

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Henderson - Auckland

Lovingcare Kindergarten

Christian values

The Christian values of respect, caring and love provide a safe, warm, encouraging and secure environment in which your child will happily grow from strength to strength. LovingCare Kindergarten aims to provide a quality education with a heart.

Children are natural learners

They explore, experiment, discover, examine and test boundaries instinctively. Our job is to encourage, support and develop that built-in curiosity.

Every child is unique and special

We treasure and celebrate their individuality, culture, abilities, interests, strengths and gifts.

Building strong relationships

Happy, confident and relaxed children are the result of strong, healthy, secure relationships.

Stimulating environment

A setting rich with challenges, experiences, surprises and exciting activities is fundamental to extending children’s learning.

Licensed for

30 children

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Henderson - Auckland

Sunnyvale Kindergarten

A recent Education Review Office review for Sunnyvale Kindergarten highlighted that, “children settle quickly and confidently in the kindergarten’s rich and stimulating learning environment, which encourages and supports children’s play.”

With the support of Sunnyvale Kindergarten’s dedicated and qualified teachers, children have many opportunities to explore literacy, numeracy and technology in their play.

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.

Sunnyvale Kindergarten has a passionate, dedicated, professional teaching team.  We are a well estabilished team who work together to form good relationships with whanau and tamariki. Teachers strengths are used to promote creativity, language, physical confidence, music and self-help skills.

Licensed for

40 children

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4.58 (2)

Henderson - Auckland

Adventure Valley Childcare

Adventure Valley Childcare is a locally owned and operated centre, designed for children aged 2 - 5 years, we offer 30 hours free for children 3 years +. Half and full day sessions are available.

Our teachers are committed to making your child’s preschool experience the very best it can be.

We look forward to seeing you and your child at Adventure Valley! Let the Adventure begin!

Our Philosophy

Adventure Valley Childcare seeks to provide a warm and nurturing environment where all children develop a healthy, happy and secure approach to living and learning. In our preschool program we strive to meet the children's individual needs with love, patience and understanding. 

Our staff believe in providing a wide range of stimulating and rich learning experiences that challenges each child individually. It is our intention to extend their learning therefore preparing each child for future learning environments. Te Whāriki is used as the foundation for our learning environment 

Children are encouraged to develop their personal capabilities, strengths, interests and learning styles.


 

Licensed for

60 children

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4.83 (1)

Henderson - Auckland

Biggles Childcare (Henderson)

Welcome to Biggles Childcare!

Biggles Childcare welcomes the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best child care service.

Our childcare centres in West Auckland have qualified, highly skilled and experienced teachers who enjoy working collaboratively together.

We only employ people who actually love being around children and are passionate about early childhood education.

The differences children bring to Biggles enrich each day and each of us in some small or large way - our teachers are open to learning from the children as well.

If you are looking for a childcare centre in West Auckland, with highly qualified staff who are dedicated to giving your child fun early learning and lasting memories, call Biggles Childcare now!

Licensed for

56 children

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4.83 (1)

Henderson - Auckland

Babies & Buddies Early Childhood Centre

Welcome to Babies and Buddies Here at Babies & Buddies Early Childhood Centre and daycare, our vision is: To develop the inner spark in every child, so they shine on the outside. 

To achieve this we identify each child’s unique interests and needs, tailoring daycare programs to suit their personality and encourage development. Our caring staff strive to nurture every child’s sense of inner wellbeing, identity and belonging, with respect for all cultures and backgrounds. In order to offer children the best possible care, we have a maximum of thirty children a day. This allows the children to build strong, lasting relationships with their teachers and peers. 

We believe play is vital for child development, and our activities empower children to become independent problem solvers and good communicators. Our skills enrichment program helps to prime children for a successful transition to school. 

Talk to our friendly team if you have any questions about our daycare facilities, staff, early childhood care or fees. We look forward to meeting your child!

Licensed for

30 children

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Henderson - Auckland

Central Park Early Learning Centre

 If you’re the type of parent who loves their kids making friends, exploring, and playing in a safe and stimulating learning environment then we’re the centre for you.

We’re proud of the fact that we are fun and down to earth, and our easy approach means that we build strong loving bonds with our children, their parents, and their whánau.

Convenient Location

We are very conveniently located less than 2kms off the North-western motorway (State Highway 16) and down a long driveway so we aren’t located on a busy road.  We have ample parking so that pick up and drop off is a breeze with very few traffic issues.

Our Teachers

Our Teachers come from all cultural backgrounds and ages with the youngest being in her mid-20’s and the oldest being a grandmother. We also have the whole range of personality types ranging from quiet and peaceful to loud and crazy and everything in between.

But every Teacher is nurturing and patient and is dedicated to ensuring that your child is happy, comfortable and can learn and succeed.

Licensed for

82 children

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Henderson - Auckland

Olive Shoots Early Childhood Centre

Mission Statement:

to create a learning space of excellence where children, their families and the teachers can belong, believe, discover and grow. Our purpose built centre is situated on the campus of Laidlaw College, Henderson, and provides care and education for the children of students undertaking courses of study at Laidlaw College, for the children of staff at Laidlaw College and for children from the wider community. We have excellent ratios and an educational curriculum that reflects our special character. We offer 20 hours of free ECE per week to all 3 and 4 year-olds.

Programme and Philosophy 

At Olive Shoots we welcome children and their families into our centre where we aim to create a safe, inviting and inclusive environment. We believe that family/whanau, the centre and the wider community all have a vital role in a child’s growth and development. We acknowledge that the intellectual, emotional, social, physical and spiritual aspects of our lives are interrelated and influenced by each other. We are committed to integrating our Christian values and principals with Te Whaariki, New Zealand’s Early Childhood Curriculum. We endeavour to grow in our understanding and commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi. From this foundation we provide a curriculum which is primarily child initiated, developmentally appropriate and based on play. We embrace the concept of ako wherein the teaching and learning relationship, the teacher and child are seen as co-learners. Therefore teachers regularly engage in professional development to be informed by current research and ongoing self review. 

We believe that family and whanau are a valuable part of a child’s life and teachers will work in respectful partnership with them to ensure positive outcomes for their children. Families and whanau are encouraged to participate in our programme. We plan for children’s individual learning pathways and interests by providing a variety of experiences using a range of teaching strategies. We will provide a well resourced, stimulating and challenging learning environment which encourages children’s interests and strengths to be supported and developed. Children are empowered to make choices, gain confidence, build strong reciprocal relationship and to become confident and competent learners. Through their relationships with teachers and as they explore their environment, children gain an understanding of God’s love, His awesome creation, the Bible and how special they are to Him. Olive Shoots is an integral part of the Laidlaw College Community and recognises and respects both the bicultural commitment of the College and the multicultural diversity of the wider community.

Licensed for

50 children

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Henderson - Auckland

Rising Stars Early Childhood Centre

We, at Rising Stars, believe that early childhood lays the foundation for future learning and development and that childhood experiences and memories greatly influence a person's life.

We believe that a child is a competent and unique individual with talents, potentials, and capabilities who deserves our utmost care and respect. Thus our dedicated and professional team of teachers endeavour to discover and draw out the giftedness of each child entrusted to us by:

  • Designing programmes that cater to and extend on the children’s individual needs and interests;
  • Preparing an environment that is safe, stimulating and challenging, and where children can play, explore and develop at their own pace;
  • Facilitating learning experiences that provide a balance between free-play and guided child-initiated activities.

We are convinced that children feel a sense of belonging and their self-esteem is promoted in an environment where on-going and harmonious parent-teacher partnership exists and where their cultural heritage is recognised and valued. Hence parents as well as whānau aspirations for their children are constantly considered, and their contributions to the programme is regularly sought and appreciated. Furthermore, we acknowledge and respect the cultural heritages of both partners to the Treaty of Waitangi by promoting Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori in our daily programme of activities and in special celebrations, in addition to the cultures of our Rising Stars family.

Licensed for

87 children

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Henderson - Auckland

Henderson Early Learning Centre

Henderson Learning Centre is a private family centre that focuses nurturing young children into confident and eager learners.

Henderson Learning Centre is a fun, energetic and loving childcare centre that has a strong focus on education. We are committed to the holistic development of our children and have created exceptional programs for the enrichment of their body AND minds. Our highly experienced, dedicated and loving teaching team takes every opportunity to expand on children’s interests and this is complimented by our uniquely laid out, spacious indoor and outdoor settings.

Love & Belonging

It is only when a child feels love and security that he/she will then develop the confidence to explore and learn. Our teachers are hand-picked for their loving nature and will actively assist your child in making friends and engaging in group activities.

Teacher : Child Ratio

We have a ratio of 1 teacher to 8 children compared to the ministry of Education’s requirement for 1 to 10 children. This high ratio allows our teachers to provide individual education and care to your child.

Family Participation

We believe that family is the most important part of our Henderson Learning Community. Our Open Door Policy welcomes parents/guardians to freely discuss anything and everything with any of our staff at any time. You are also encouraged to participate in our daily activities and outings. In short, we work very closely with our parents/guardians to achieve the best outcome for our children.

Children‘s Ages and Opening Hours

We cater for children between 0 and 5 years of age. We open from 7:00 to 6:00 Mondays to Fridays and are closed for all statutory holidays.

  • Settling your child in:

To ensure a smooth transition and your child is emotionally secure, we dedicate one primary caregiver to your child unless they are comfortable during the routine time and develop bonding with others. This allows the child and parents to know who they go to. We also have a buddy system where an older child will be encouraged to show their new friend the play areas and what to do. This helps your child to develop a sense of belonging and form friendships with their peers. Before your child starts at the Henderson Learning Centre, we encourage you to come for 2 or more visits. We will also ask you to fill in a detailed information sheet about your child’s interests, likes, dislikes etc. These information will be passed on to all the teachers before their first day.

We invite you to find out more about our philosophy, read our ERO reviews, meet some of our wonderful teachers, view some testimonials from our existing parents or book a tour with us to feel ready and happy on your next journey with your precious one!

Licensed for

50 children

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Henderson - Auckland

Mini Miracles Educare Western Heights

"Nau Mai Haere Mai, Welcome! 

We are a small family oriented centre based in Western Heights, Henderson. We are proud to offer a nurturing, loving environment where we value the unique place of Māori as tangata whenua and recognise the importance of building trusting strong and reciprocal relationships with tamariki and whanau. Our tamariki can be aged from birth to 6 years if this is what your Whanau requires. Our experienced and culturally diverse kaiako are focused an building strong, loving relationships with our tamariki and whanau, to provide the best learning and care outcomes for all.

Philosophy & Mission

Here at Mini Miracles Educare, we value strong team relationships and are committed to building and maintaining parent and teacher partnerships. We strive to provide a positive, stimulating environment which nurtures the safety and well-being of all children. Children learn more when they are having fun therefore, we believe in the importance of following the children’s interests and offering learning experiences which provide a balance between home and centre life and challenges their cognitive skills. We affirm every child as an individual and provide equal opportunities for inclusion and participation, following Te Whāriki (Early Childhood Education Curriculum). Along with this, we ensure that the needs of each child are met by building and strengthening strong reciprocal, trusting relationships with children and their families. We value the diverse cultures of all families and whānau, and follow a strong bicultural and multicultural practice, encouraging and suppor"

Licensed for

31 children

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Henderson - Auckland

Happy Kids Preschool

Run by a great team of teachers who have exceptional skills and care for what they do.

Happy Kids Preschool is a privately owned preschool. Our family friendly atmosphere means not only do the children feel loved and cared for, but meaningful relationships are built between the preschool and each child’s family/whānau.

So we welcome you and your child to Happy Kids preschool and hope that you love it just as much as we do.

Our philosophy

We believe providing a loving, fun, safe and stimulating environment that values and respects each child’s culture encourages our children to be competent and confident learners; healthy in mind, body and spirit.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi is encompassed in our philosophy. Teachers, children and their families/whānau come from a variety of cultural backgrounds with a variety of languages spoken at home. As teachers, we respect and value our children's unique family culture and language through the spoken word and our daily routines (karakia, waiata and music); our environment (materials for displays, dress-ups, instruments and natural resources); and our curriculum planning. We are constantly working and reflecting on this through our training.

With our mixed age group of 2-5 year olds we believe it is important to encourage positive tuakana teina relationships between the older and younger children where they learn from each other. This also allows for siblings and cousins to attend together which provides a sense of belonging for them.

Licensed for

45 children

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Henderson - Auckland

Te Kōhanga Reo o Pōmāria

THIS CENTRE IS CLOSED

Licensed for

22 children

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Henderson - Auckland

Creative Minds Childcare Centre

Creative Minds childcare is a small boutique centre based in the heart of Henderson, located on Edmonton Road near the reserve.


Our Philosophy

At Creative Minds, we believe children learn in an environment where love and respect for each other creates positive energy. We value excitement, fun, laughter and enjoyment in learning and we seek to ignite a desire for life long learning in each child. 

Why Choose Us?

  • Caring and safe environment 
  • Small boutique centre 
  • Special transition to school program
  • Individualised curriculum 
  • Adventurous playground 
  • Healthy fresh cooked meals onsite 
  • Highly qualified teachers

Our Values?

Relationships: Relationships and interactions between adults, and with children, are based on mutual trust, respect, and understanding. The child's best interests are a priority. 

Communication: Communication between adults, and with children, happens regularly in meaningful, purposeful and positive ways. 

Life Long Learning: Adults and children are encouraged to learn with, and alongside, each other to nurture the development of skills, attitudes and dispositions needed for life-long learning.

Environment: The environment reflects our belief in quality, and includes areas, resources, and learning programmes that have been thoughtfully considered, and which promote life-long learning, and an appreciation of the people, places and things around us. 

Growth: Adults, and children, are seen as competent and capable learners. Continuous learning and development are encouraged and supported.

Licensed for

38 children

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Henderson - Auckland

Flying Kiwi Preschool

Thank you for considering Flying Kiwi Preschool for your children's education. Flying Kiwi Preschool is the new name for Happy Kids Childcare. Our beautiful newly renovated space is designed for a maximum of 50 children aged from 2 years to school starting age.The staff and children at Flying Kiwi come from diverse backgrounds providing a rich cultural experience for your child in their early years.

Licensed for

50 children

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Henderson - Auckland

Rainbow Bears Preschool

Rainbow Bears Preschool has been providing quality care and education for children between birth to five years in Henderson for over 20 years. Owner operators Lynley and Leigh Johns believe in meeting your needs and aspirations for your child/ren.

All of our staff are either fully trained and registered teachers, or currently in training.  Our staff are from varying cultural backgrounds which helps cater for you and your child’s needs, and provides a wide range of cultural experiences for the children. Our exceptional staff strive to deliver our quality, educational programme in nurturing and stimulating surroundings.  We believe each child has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world.

At Rainbow Bears Preschool we ensure your child can flourish and grow to their full potential.  We pride ourselves on partnering with our parents to support children’s learning.  We believe quality early childhood experiences promote the wellbeing of both parent and child that will increase the opportunity for success.

We also provide parents online access where you can view your child’s profile book, stories, photos etc.  For more information visit or call us today!

Licensed for

50 children

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Henderson - Auckland

Kelly's Preschool

Kelly's Preschool is an early childhood facility located in Henderson, West Auckland.

Operating since 2012, we cater for children aged 2-5 years in a genuinely family focused environment to foster and encourage the early years of your child's life.

With a maximum of 30 children at any one time, we are a small caring facility with plenty of time to spend one on one with your child. We excel in preparing children for their first years at school. We have been open and operating at 41 Lincoln Road Henderson since 2012. Our space is designed for a maximum of 30 children aged from 2 years to 5 years of age. 

Our open plan indoor space is light and sun filled and with a large outdoor space with a fabulous sandpit for creative construction, Kelly's really is the perfect place for discovering and learning both inside and out.

It is our aim that all tamariki at Kelly's receive a wide range of rich learning experiences whilst they feel 'at home' in a genuinely warm and nurturing environment. Tamariki are encouraged to develop their personal capabilities, strengths, interests and learning styles. 

Our experienced team of professional kaiako strive to ensure each and every child at Kelly's enjoys their time at preschool and has their individual needs met with love, patience and understanding.  Our kaiako encourage children to think for themselves, make decisions and work towards their own solutions, by expressing their own ideas and feelings.

We work together closely with parents and whanau to ensure all of our tamariki are happy, healthy and fulfilling their absolute potential for learning.  We feel it is a privilege to play such an important part in nurturing and guiding your children through their preschool years and we genuinely love what we do.

""It is my personal promise to you as the owner of this centre that your child will have the best possible start to his or her education by joining the Kelly's Preschool family."" Stephen Browne, Owner of Kelly's Preschool.

Licensed for

30 children

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Henderson - Auckland

Dazzling Stars Early Learning Centre

Haere Mai to the world of Dazzling Stars Early Learning Centre! We are excited to announce the opening soon of our new Centre in a unique setting right next door to the Ranui Domain, Swanson Road. Dazzling Stars ELC is proudly locally owned and operated.

Licensed for

50 children

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Henderson - Auckland

Lincoln Road Childcare & Kindergarten

Providing excellent childcare and preschool education in a Christian context

Licensed for

32 children

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Henderson - Auckland

Kidz Matter 2 Us

Kidz Matter 2 Us child care centre in Henderson is for children 0 - 5 years old. Sessional hours available which cater for children with free ECE hours.

Children have opportunities to enhance and extend their learning and development, both indoors and outdoors, individually and in groups.

Kidz Matter 2 Us is a Christian-based centre. 

 Governance support is provided by a director and a national consultant from The Salvation Army New Zealand Trust.

Licensed for

29 children

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Henderson - Waitakere

Titirangi Private Kindergarten - Rural Campus

Henderson Valley Private Kindergarten is a family-owned and operated kindergarten located in the tranquil Henderson Valley scenic reserve far removed from noise and pollution.

Established in 2010 as the second of two kindergartens owned by Norman and Jennifer who have had their original centre in Titirangi running for over 30 years, our Henderson Valley Campus brings with it a unique experience for children to receive quality education and care in a spacious, thoughtfully designed centre, as well as having the opportunity to engage with the natural world that our location lends us to. Hands on experience with animals is a fantastic aspect of our kindy location and provides great learning opportunities for our children.This exposure has been shown to have a direct, beneficial influence on children’s cognitive and physical development. 

We cater for children from 18 months old in two interconnected learning spaces designed to extend on their unique interests and abilities. We are lucky enough to have large areas available for year round active movement both indoors and outside in our naturalised outdoor space reflective of our location in the Waitakere foothills.​

​Our Philosophy

It is our firm belief that every child has their own unique strengths and special gifts. Therefore, we plan our curriculum and practice in a way that caters for each individual child, while recognizing and fostering their unique place in their community, whanau and as part of our larger kindy group of children.

We aim to assist children in their own self-discovery so they can grow in confidence and develop their potential, seeing themselves as capable of achieving their goals. 

We believe in making learning fun so children develop a natural curiosity for learning which extends far beyond their kindergarten years. 

By creating a positive and trusting atmosphere that allows children to feel secure and valued, children’s self esteem can flourish. If children progress from kindergarten to school with a feeling of confidence and a conviction that they are valued, understood and appreciated for who they are and what they can accomplish, then they will be much better prepared for the challenges of school and life. 

Children have access to a wide range of learning materials, equipment and activities. There are periods of time for children to experience extended free play as well as structured learning groups and organised activities. 

Curriculum Planning

We adopt a flexible approach to planning which includes both planned units of work based on particular themes as well as spontaneous areas of interest introduced by the children. Teachers are able to recognise children’s interests during their work and play and extend their learning through thoughtful interaction and guidance. 

Each topic/theme covers a range of different curriculum areas such as: 

  •  Science and nature 
  •  Social sciences 
  •  Arts 
  •  Drama 
  •  Physical education
  •  Our programme also explores important skills such as: 
  •  Reading  
  •  Maths concepts  
  •  Writing

We believe in the importance of an easy transition to school and help children gain the skills necessary to move from kindergarten to school with confidence. This includes self help skills, as well as exposure to early reading and writing in our literacy rich teaching practice.

Over the years our transition to school programme has been proven successful and we regularly receive outstanding feedback from schools about the children coming in from our centre. 


Licensed for

65 children

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Henderson - Auckland

Country Kids

Every child deserves a nurture and nature rich education.

Country Kids is the natural childcare choice for quality early learning in West Auckland.

  • Enjoy safe exploration among expansive grounds.
  • Embrace fresh air and open spaces, every day.
  • Explore, Enquire and Engage!
  • Engage in a respectful, nature based curriculum, that will capture the curious minds and hearts of every active explorer.

Our co-constructed curriculum comprises a harmonious balance of free play and structure that follows the natural rhythms of the child. Free play stimulates imagination, cognition, social and emotional development, while our predictable daily rituals soothe and support your little learner so that they can confidently explore the wider world around them and holistically develop their own sense of self.

During their time at COUNTRY KIDS your child will foster a love for nature, a respect for all living things and gain confidence as they develop life skills, social competencies and self help skills in preparation for school and life beyond.

With all the wonders of a working farm on our back doorstep, an array of animals, large and small to interact with, and the highest quality, most dedicated early education team in town...

See for yourself why families keep referring us to their friends and what makes Country Kids so SPECIAL !

Licensed for

50 children

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Henderson - Auckland

Taulapapa Leata Su'a Aoga Amata

Our Philosophy

Taulapapa Leata Su'a Aoga Amata is committed to providing quality early childhood care and education in our Community.

We aim to provide quality learning outcomes for all learners and we are passionate about promoting the Samoan language and culture in the context of a multi-cultural environment of Aotearoa for life long benefit.

We believe strongly in our christian based values that underpin our Fa'a Samoa through Alofa (love), Tautua (service and responsibility) and Fa'aaloalo (respect).

We believe these values will enhance the development of every child so they can grow into their unique God-given identities and be confident in who they are.

Licensed for

50 children

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Henderson - Auckland

Universal Kids Early Childhood Centre

A childcare centre in Lincoln North Centre , Henderson, Auckland.

Licensed for

50 children