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4.83 (3)

Hillsborough - Auckland

Hillsborough Kindergarten

Welcome to Hillsborough Kindergarten!  We have recently had a new building upgrade – come and meet our teaching team and see the modern learning facilities that we offer to your children.

Here at Hillsborough Kindergarten, we promote inclusive practices.  This means that everyone is welcome and diversity is embraced.

We partner with Hay Park School to support a smooth transition into school.

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

Our learning philosophy

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

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

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

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

Children learn

Children in our kindergartens have the opportunity to:

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

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

Licensed for

40 children

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5.00 (1)

Hillsborough - Auckland

Childsplay Unlimited - Lynfield

We provide quality care and education for children in a guided play environment. We ensure that the child's needs are paramount by providing a loving, understanding, accepting, respecting, warm, safe, environment in which the children can grow, share and learn under the guidance of caring and qualified staff.


We recognise that each child is a unique person where their individual pattern, timing of growth, personality, learning style and family background is understood and respected.

We foster the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of the children through a balance of activity, rest, good nutrition and the provision of an ongoing educational programme.

We establish effective communication with parents, children and their whanau in a professional manner to ensure the well-being of all, at all times.

We ensure that Childsplay Unlimited is self supporting and that all Ministry of Education funding is used for the benefit of the centre and the children and staff associated with it.


There are four foundation principles of Te Whaariki - Empowerment, Holistic Development, Family, and Community and Relationships.

The strands and goals arise from the principles and are woven around these principles in patterns that reflect the diversity of each early childhood education service. Together, the principles, strands, goals, and learning outcomes set the framework for the curriculum.

There are five key strands, these are: Well-being, Belonging, Contribution, Communication and Exploration.


  • Our daily activities include:
  • Literacy and numeracy
  • Science and technology
  • Mathematical learning
  • Music & Movement
  • Group Time
  • Creative Play
  • Outdoor Play
  • Sand Play
  • Sleep Time/rest time

Licensed for

59 children

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4.33 (1)

Hillsborough - Auckland

Hillsborough Playcentre

We are a thriving, multicultural playcentre on the border of Mount Roskill and Hillsborough. We have a small roll, meaning we can offer children one-on-one attention and support.

Our playcentre has a large outdoor area and a wide range of toys and activities for your children to enjoy.

What is Playcentre?

Playcentre is a unique, New Zealand wide organisation that has been dedicated to early childhood education for over 75 years. It is for children from birth to school age.

Playcentre firmly believes that family / whanau are the first and best educators for their children. We are entirely run by family / whanau who want to be involved in their children’s learning, and also want to meet and form friendships with other families in the area. As a family co-operative, we share the responsibility for supervising, organising, maintaining and running the centre, under the guidelines of the New Zealand Playcentre Federation and Ministry of Education. For Playcentre to operate there must be an appropriate level of trained parents on site on each session. Playcentre offers free training to all parents attending and these are part of the NZ Early Childhood Curriculum.

Hillsborough Playcentre offers children:

  • A child initiated programme based on children’s individual strengths and interests
  • A high adult to child ratio (1:3)
  • A rich variety of play and learning experiences
  • A safe and secure environment
  • Positive and sustained interactions with other adults and children
  • Ample time to discover and explore
  • A large and peaceful outdoor environment, with many different play opportunities (swings, sandpit, playblocks etc)
  • Quality equipment and learning resources

Playcentre offers adults:

  • Support as a parent
  • Involvement in their child’s early childhood education
  • Free adult education programmes that cover parenting skills, children’s learning and development and so much more! Once you get to the certification/diploma level it is NZQA recognised.
  • Opportunities to take on new responsibilities and learn new skills
  • Confidence in themselves and their parenting
  • Friendships

Licensed for

30 children

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Hillsborough - Auckland

Tiny Nation Hillsborough

About us

Tiny Nation is home-based care and education with a difference.

We believe that children have the best chance to flourish when they have secure attachments and a strong sense of belonging in their early years. This foundation is key to emotional, physical and mental growth and wellbeing. From this nourished beginning, happy, healthy and well-adjusted young adults can grow.

Enquire today

We would love to match you with the ideal educator in your area so send us an enquiry here and we’ll be in touch to provide you with all the information you need to make the best choice for your family.

How we look after our families

  • High quality education and care using only trained educators and qualified teachers

Because we believe in quality, not quantity, we only work with trained educators and qualified teachers, who by completing their training have proven their commitment to nurturing and caring for children. We find the best trained teachers and educators and support them to deliver their own unique early learning programmes in their own homes. We hand-pick them for their passion, commitment, experience and qualifications. We know that qualifications are an indicator of quality when it comes to early childhood education and we’re proud to represent 100% qualified educators and teachers.

  • Family and educator self-matches

When you enquire with us as a family, we support you to self-match with a Tiny Nation educator of your choice. The choice factor is huge here – you get to choose the person you leave your child with when you can’t be there. You will choose your educator based on the needs of your family and child, your values, your own early learning philosophy and, most importantly, your connection with them. This allows you to find the perfect educator for your family – someone who will become a part of your support village and who will advocate fiercely for your child when you can’t. Isn’t this what we all want as parents?

  • Small ratios of no more than four children to one educator

By choosing home-based early learning, you are choosing small groups and responsive relationships. Tiny Nation educators have no more than four pre-school children in their care at any given time, with no more than two under the age of two. This allows them to engage with their care children in meaningful ways, dedicating time to support their development and getting to know them deeply. Having small ratios of children per educator enables respectful interactions and authentic connections. Your child is not just a number at Tiny Nation.

  • Nurturing, natural and familiar home environments

Home environments stir up comforting memories for all of us. We make personal connections with this kind of environment because it represents our childhood. It provides a strong sense of security and safety as we are able to seek comfort through the familiar. Early childhood education in home environments provide a calm and settled foundation for learning to occur. Children have the space to explore the community around them in real and authentic ways.

Our vision

To empower a nation of children to reach their full potential

Our guiding principles

Leadership / Ārahitanga

We encourage, empower and inspire our educators and teachers to contribute to our thinking and re-define what leadership looks like in early childhood education.

Relationship / Whanaungatanga

We are founded on consistent, familiar and nurturing relationships. It’s vital to take the time to understand, relate to and acknowledge each other as relationships are the soil from which everything else grows.

Partnership / Whakahoahoatanga

We are collaborative and work in partnership with parents and whānau, educators, the community and other like-minded services so that they can participate in and contribute to our journey.

These are our values

Authenticity / Mana Pono

This means being real and accountable. We partner with people who are aligned with our principles, values and beliefs so that we can all show up for our children in meaningful ways.

Belonging / Nō Konei Hoki

We affirm the identity, culture and language of our community and ensure staff, children, families and whānau know they have a place with us. Our environments and programmes are inclusive and our transitions are thoughtfully planned.

Communication / Kōrero

Reciprocal and responsive communication allows us to express ideas and feelings. We’re as passionate about listening as we are about being heard. We model effective communication so that our children become capable and confident communicators.

Our commitment to families

“Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti aroha o tatou mahi.

Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work.”

When you enrol as a family with Tiny Nation, we make a commitment to you as we journey together to provide your child with the love and care that they need to grow and flourish. For us, early childhood starts with care and ends with education. We know that no significant learning can occur without there first being a significant relationship. Your chosen educator becomes your child’s special person – their ‘go to’ in times of triumph and trouble. Someone who loves them just like you do and an extension of your family.

Licensed for

4 children