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4.67 (1)

Mangere Bridge - Auckland

Mangere Bridge Kindergarten

Kia ora and welcome to Mangere Bridge Kindergarten

Mangere Bridge Kindergarten has a very strong community focus with relationships built over time with the two local schools, the local Regional farm park, local Library and community groups.  Children are able to attend ‘Kindergarten at the Farm’ each Monday where they learn and explore in the many different natural environments on Ambury Regional Farm Park.

The teaching team have an ongoing interest in research and have published the book “Crossing the border”, a chapter in “Teachers voyaging in Pluri-lingual seas” which is available from NZCER Press, and several articles about transition to school.

In 2015 we won the Prime Minister’s Takatū prize for Education Excellence for our work on transition to school.

We are now a Silver Enviroschool Kindergarten with a strong focus on sustainability and outdoor activities.

The permanent teaching team are all fully qualified, registered teachers with two holding post-graduate qualifications. The teachers are dedicated to, and passionate about early childhood education.


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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Mangere Bridge - Auckland

Li'l Champs Early Learning Centre - Mangere Bridge

Li’l Champs Mangere Bridge is a beautiful and spacious purpose built centre.

We cater for children aged 3 months to 6 years in specially designed spaces made for your child to learn and explore in a calm, responsive and relaxed environment.

Our team have extensive experience in working with children, many are locals themselves which means that they have a great knowledge of our community and the values of our diverse cultures.

Our curriculum framework is based on our national curriculum Te Whāriki (2017); and is inspired by other philosophies including Reggio Emelia.

The child is always at the heart of everything we do and we value our strong relationships with parents and whānau to ensure the best possible learning outcomes for our children.

All meals are provided onsite, prepared fresh daily by our centre cook. Our 4 weekly rotating menu is tailored to meet the needs of our diverse community and we can tailor this to meet each families individual needs.

Feel free to pop in, have a look around, ask some questions, and see if we are the right centre for you!

Our curriculum is based on the Te whariki where all children have a sense of belonging and grow as lifelong learners. Through our aroha ways of teaching and creative spaces and meaningful caring teaching and learning , we aim to nurture and grow children’s educational interest, wellbeing and build upon their innate competence, curiosity and imagination, enabling them to contribute to their own learning through many languages of expression and communication.

Our teachers carefully listen, observe, and document the children’s work, develop their thinking and learning. The teachers also reflect on their own teaching and learning, and work with team, family and children, share learning ideas and learning from each other Ako- practices.

We aspire to develop each tamariki the confidence ownership and belief that they are unique awesome and can do anything!

Passionate and engaging team of teachers and diverse and inspiring learning experiences ensure that our learners are challenged and have

the opportunity to discover their unique creative dispositions skills and interests.

Licensed for

50 children

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Mangere Bridge - Auckland

White Heron @ the Bridge

White Heron @ the Bridge is located on the corner of Domain and Coronation Rds within the Mangere Bridge Primary School grounds. 

Staff speak a variety of community languages to make sure that all children in the local community are supported with a focus on making sure children have a smooth transition into primary school.

We are all about offering quality childcare at an affordable price so that EVERY CHILD has an equal opportunity to 'get off to a flying start' with White Heron Learning Centres. We have 4 centres in South Auckland so choose the one that suits you.

We employ qualified and experienced local bilingual staff to ensure families and children are supported and offer a range of attendance choices to suit all families.

Licensed for

46 children

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4.95 (3)

Mangere Bridge - Auckland

Tadpoles Early Childhood Centre

Tadpoles is a family owned and operated early childhood centre, catering for children from 0 to 6 years.

We are located at 73 Mountain Road, Mangere Bridge, Auckland.

Tadpoles has a strong educational focus and children are provided with a rich learning environment and we include stimulating and challenging learning experiences. Your child will enjoy fun activities while building a strong foundation for a successful school life.

Our brand new centre is well resourced and staffed. We have sourced high quality resources to enhance the learning experiences of your child. Their day will involve structure, freedom and time to explore and we will direct their own learning interests.

Licensed for

75 children

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4.83 (2)

Mangere Bridge - Auckland

Spotted Frog Preschool

Spotted Frog is a family owned and operated business which caters for children from 2.5 to 6 years.

We are located at 41b McIntyre Road, Mangere Bridge, Auckland.

Spotted Frog has a strong educational focus and we aim to provide your child with a rich learning environment

which is planned with stimulating and challenging activities. Your child will have fun while securing a strong foundation

for a successful school life.

Our centre was built in 2015, is well resourced and staffed. We source high quality resources to enhance the learning

experiences of your child. Their day will involve structure, freedom and time to explore and direct their own learning interests.

Licensed for

50 children

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5.00 (1)

Mangere Bridge - Auckland

School of Fish Childcare - Mangere Bridge

School of Fish Rimu Road childcare centre is located in Mangere Bridge. Newly built premises oozing with personality and charm, School of Fish is a perfect setting for enquiring young minds.

Our children and their families are at the heart of everything we do. We gain inspiration from a range of learning philosophies and our vision reflects our children, families and changing community. Our environment is child-centred and our goals are to invite, excite and inspire while offering time, learning experiences and opportunities for creativity and expression. We believe that both children and teachers are learners and grow together. We respect all children and value them as unique individuals.

We have a strong commitment to personalising everything and aim for that to be apparent in the ambience of the centre, the appearance of the centre and our documentation. We have a sound curriculum delivery with a project based approach that is implemented by a team of young, energetic and passionate individuals.

Our richly qualified team of staff facilitate fantastic transitions within the centre and establish strong partnerships with our children, families and whanau. We promote a culture of inclusion with staff, children and families through hosting family events, staff team-building and embracing the soul that everyone brings to the centre.

School of Fish has been established by Tara and Richard Taaffe. Tara, a former new entrant teacher and junior school team and curriculum leader, has fulfilled her dream of setting up a home-style centre that is committed to quality early learning and an effective relationship with the local schools and community.

We can’t wait to get to know your child and their family and share their learning journey together! 

Licensed for

80 children

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Mangere Bridge - Auckland

Small Kauri Early Childhood Education Centre

Welcome to Small Kauri Early Childhood Education Centre

Located in the Mangere Bridge Village, Auckland since 2002

The Centre provides education for children from 6 months up to 6 years

At Small Kauri Early Childhood Education Centre we provide quality education that puts the learning and development of your child first. 

  • Qualified, Registered Early Childhood Teachers.
  • Low child to teacher ratios allowing for more opportunities for one on one and focused group learning.
  • Interest based, child-centred learning based on best practice and current research.
  • Mixed age setting for more valuable learning opportunities building empathy, learning from more able peers and teaching less able peers.
  • Part of the community, regularly make walking trips to experience and explore the Mangere Bridge community.
  • Licensed for 37 children in a large play space. Allows children to have their own space, get to know each other and our Teachers. 
  • A focus on building long term stable relationships and minimising the stress that can be caused by segregation and room changes.
  • Through play our children develop the essential skills to move on to school; numeracy, literacy, science, arts, and technology. This is reflected in ongoing positive feedback from the local schools about the competency of Small Kauri Children when entering school. 
  • We provide teaching and learning experiences that are in accordance with the early childhood curriculum and recognised in New Zealand as best practice and supported by current research.  A curriculum approach which links into the New Zealand Curriculum Framework and is in line with the key competencies of the latest best practice Primary School teaching approach. 
  • We are establishing the basics for children’s on going education in tomorrows world. This is education for their future. We support children becoming “competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body, and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society” (Te Whaariki, Ministry of Education, 1996). We would love for you to come and have a look, and we look forward to meeting you.


Licensed for

37 children

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Mangere Bridge - Auckland

Bizzy Kidz Childcare

Bizzy Kidz is a caring and safe place for your child. Our approachable teamwork in partnership with you to provide meaningful learning experiences which ensure confident children, who are healthy in mind, body and spirit.

Bizzy Kidz is located on Mahunga Drive in Mangere Bridge and has spaces for 80 children. We provide full-time care for children from newborn to 5 years, and we also offer FREE morning and afternoon sessions for 3 and 4-year-olds (the government's 20 hours ECE programme).

Our team are passionate, professional educators and we welcome your feedback and participation in your child’s development. We value each child as a unique and special person.

We are compliant with the Education (Early Childhood Centres) regulations, which are monitored by the Education Review Office. Parents are asked to contribute to policy development, review and decisions concerning their child’s care and education.

Licensed for

80 children

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Mangere Bridge - Auckland

Brightlands Childcare Centre, Airport Oaks

Our Vision

Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti arahia ō tatou māhi

“Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work”

Our vision is to collaboratively nurture our children/tamariki alongside family/whānau and the wider community to be confident and emotionally intelligent leaders while embracing their uniqueness so they will have a positive impact upon society both now and in the future.

Licensed for

50 children