Childcare options in New Lynn

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5.00 (1)

New Lynn - Auckland

ToTally Kids

We are a creative, fun and exciting early childhood centre for children between 2 and 5 years. Happy and healthy young minds flourish in our well-equipped and warm centre in New Lynn under the loving and watchful eyes of our qualified team.

Our focused care and education programme supports not just the child who stays with us, but also the wider whanau. We value the relationships we form with the families and community; and believe that these links are imperative for your child to blossom into confident learners.

The teaching practice and programme at our centre is based on the Ministry of Education-approved early childhood education curriculum – Te Whariki – along with current research and best practice. Designed to be flexible, the programme is delivered to suit the individual interests of every child.

We are proud to provide a happy and safe environment where learning is fun

Licensed for

28 children

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4.83 (1)

New Lynn - Auckland

BestStart Great North Road

Embracing learning through diversity

We like to embrace the rich cultural experiences that all our families bring with them by celebrating what makes each child unique, supporting their individual learning needs, and allowing them the space to grow and develop at their own pace.

Wandering into the Tui (infants) room, you will find peace and calm. Children interact with each other and teachers, to learn to become sociable, and curious. Close relationships with families ensure that the children’s care routines are followed and that they develop a sense of belonging and connection. Teachers provide a range of varied learning opportunities to challenge and stimulate our youngest learners and help them discover their world.

Our toddlers have so much fun in the Kakapo Room! This is where they are using their senses to explore be prepared to see lots of messy play artwork and waterplay. Our toddlers develop their independence, making safe choices in the enriching environment, creating confident learners. We see our toddlers socializing with children from different cultures, learning about friendships, and their identity. In Kakapo, teachers implement Te Whāraki, the NZ curriculum, and we see the children start to show their own learning interests.

From aged 3 years old, our toddlers transition into the preschool classes, Kowhai and Pohutakawa Rooms. Preschoolers gain Be School Ready skills providing the foundations to give them the best start once they begin their journey at school. Children are taught to be independent, socially competent, and develop their learning interests in a fun and skilled way. Working in collaborative groups, children become engaged in their learning with skilled staff who are confident, fun, and knowledgeable. This contributes to children having a successful transition to school and gaining the confidence to build their future.

The environment is designed to support and stimulate learning with age-appropriate spaces and indoor/outdoor flow. 

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

100 children

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New Lynn - Auckland

Grace Christian Community Preschool

When you see the word ‘Christian’ in Christian Preschool or Christian Kindergarten, it’s easy to assume that what’s being taught is very different. Christian Childcare Centres aren’t so different from your regular preschool or kindergarten.

Our Grace Christian Community Preschool follows the Te Whariki (NZ ECE Curriculum) while including good Christian values.

We’ve been a part of the community alongside Grace Community Church for close to a decade now and our families come from diverse backgrounds. The strong links we have in our community allow us to deliver powerful learning every single day. You’ll find that your child will receive the care they need to learn and grow.

We look after children up to 5 years of age at our early learning centre (Perfect for families who live, commute through or work near the West Auckland suburbs of Avondale, Glen Eden, Kelston, New Lynn and Blockhouse Bay).

At Grace Christian Community Preschool, we are a passionate team of Management and Teachers who are proud to support children through their early year's journey. We have a wonderful and dedicated team of Kaiako, they are fully qualified ECE teachers.

Christian childcare center teachers are the same New Zealand approved ECE teachers in standard child care centers

Licensed for

57 children

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New Lynn - Auckland

BestStart Delta Avenue

BestStart Delta Avenue is a brand new early learning centre now open in New Lynn. We provide quality education and care for children from 3 months until they go to school. Contact us to book a tour, we love to show you around!

BestStart Delta Avenue is located in a beautiful new building with learning spaces designed to support the specific development stages of every age group – infants, toddlers and preschoolers - with high quality, engaging resources designed to spark curious minds.

Passionate teachers - Our team of experienced, passionate teachers have been working together for a number of years - we're excited about our new space and are looking forward to getting to know our new children and families. We're a very creative team, always looking for new ways to engage our children in fun learning activities that build their skills and self belief. We love to learn outdoors and have an expansive outdoor area where children can challenge themselves safely on the playground equipment while building their independence and self-confidence.

Relationships at heart - We’re big on showing kindness to ourselves and each other by growing great relationships, this is what makes centre life great. We get to know each child and their family so together we can best support them to thrive. Every child’s learning journey and milestones are captured and shared through one-on-one communication and our online learning portfolios on Storypark. This is a great way to keep up to date with what your child is doing while at the centre.

Ready for school - BestStart’s Be School Ready initiative for our preschool children is incorporated into everyday experiences and activities, supporting children to develop the skills, knowledge and attributes that will help them in their learning journey to school. The initiative encourages children to use their developing self-help skills and provides a range of opportunities to extend their independence and grow confidence.

Meals provided - Families love that we provide fresh, healthy, nutritious meals and snacks throughout the day - no packing lunches in the morning!

We offer:

  • 20 hours free for 3-5 year olds and WINZ subsidies available* if required
  • Great teacher to child ratios and a passionate team who have worked together for years
  • Gift for all new enrolments*

Contact us today to book a tour!

Licensed for

96 children

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New Lynn - Auckland

New Lynn Kindergarten

Kia ora and welcome to New Lynn Kindergarten

New Lynn Kindergarten has a spacious indoors environment with areas that encourage children to engage, explore, learn, play and develop their interests.

Here at New Lynn Kindergarten we have a strong focus on nature and sustainability, with children enjoying many opportunities to explore, research and develop their knowledge on the wellbeing of people, places and things.  We participate in the Enviroschools programme, and are proud to have achieved Bronze status.

New Lynn Kindergarten’s qualified teaching team have a strong commitment to celebrating the cultural diversity of the community.

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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New Lynn - Auckland

Go Bananas Childcare Rata Street

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

40 children

A picture of Angels Childcare - New Lynn

4.77 (5)

New Lynn - Waitakere

Angels Childcare - New Lynn

New Lynn is a beautifully designed centre with plenty of space for children to explore the natural outdoors. The playgrounds are equipped with high quality climbing equipment and are shaded to allow for all day exploration outside. Children love their outdoor environment and are encouraged to grow vegetables and fruit trees in our garden. This is a wonderful way for children to appreciate their surroundings and environment.

The classrooms are specifically designed to suit different age groups and are equipped with heating and cooling systems to suit the climate. Children are provided with an array of resources and equipment to challenge and stimulate their little minds. Teachers are qualified and very experienced and provide a high quality learning programme for all ages. Staff retention is high and teachers are consistently given extra training and education to keep up with current learning theory for children.

Angels Childcare, New Lynn also has a full time on-site chef who provides nutritious and delicious meals to satisfy all little taste buds. Children are provided with hot meals at lunch time and fresh baking in the mornings and afternoons, not to mention fresh and dried fruit.

Families and Whanau are an integral part of our programme and Angels New Lynn celebrate parent and Whanau involvement through Hui Meetings, Family Fun Days, Parent Breakfasts and Parent evenings.

Licensed for

130 children

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5.00 (1)

New Lynn - Auckland

Rainbow Cottage Kindergarten

Welcome to our kindergarten!

Rainbow Cottage is a private kindergarten which is family owned and operated. We are licensed for 25 children over the age of 2 for sessional and all-day care. We are a small and personal centre, with a tight-knit professional team of teachers who work hard to provide a fun, educational and nurturing environment. We are particularly proud of our outdoor setting with its large playground and wide range of equipment. We enjoy providing exciting musical experiences. We also love to get to know our families and have them feel a part of our kindergarten community.


We run a semi-structured programme based on the early childhood curriculum ‘Te Whaariki’. Planning and activities are centred on a weekly theme that has been developed by observing emergent interests. We provide for a balance of creative self-expression, skill development and group activities. Art, music, drama and stories are incorporated into the weekly focus. The children are all encouraged to complete at least one piece of work to take home each day, fostering a sense of achievement. We have a routine throughout our sessions which provides a sense of security. We have an extension programme for the older children before they begin school (our ‘Before Programme’).

Licensed for

25 children

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New Lynn - Auckland

Curious Kids Early Learning Centre

Curious Kids is an early learning centre conveniently located just outside Lynn Mall Shopping Centre, with underground parent parking and easy access to public transport.

Our environment and daily routines are set up to empower your children, to explore, play and learn at their own pace, with lots of caring and guidance.

We offer a home away from home environment for your children, with passionate teachers, whose main aim for their day is to nurture and educate your children.

Our philosophy

Curious Kids is an inclusive centre that respects that every child comes from varying backgrounds and cultures.

We understand how much trust is imparted to us when we care for your little one. Our teaching team are passionate about developing your child into confident little learners so they develop core attributes such as respect, sharing and empathy while respecting their individuality.

Our teachers embrace and represent the diversity of our local community, which in turn helps develop social skills and cultural awareness and inclusion while respecting unique beliefs.

  • Explore

Our centre provides a safe and calming environment that allows children to flourish and develop through exploration and child-led play using their natural curiosity and sensory to explore and absorb the world around them.

  • Play

With the support of our teachers, we believe that children learn best through play and exploration, and we provide opportunities for them to be inquisitive and to participate in semi-structured activities.

  • Learning

Our centre provides children an environment rich in learning and development, where children learn to problem solve, share, make decisions, and take risks through play based activities and structured activities. Our children do this in a safe, nurtured loving environment, so all children thrive.

  • Relationships

We involve families and work in partnership with our community so everyone feels welcome. We value participation and partnership with Whanau and offer opportunities for parents to feedback to us to ensure the best outcomes.

  • Culture

We acknowledge the principles of the Treat of Waitangi, and we believe in valuing this history and diversity. In parallel to this, our teachers embrace and represent the diversity of the local community and work towards building cultural awareness while respecting unique beliefs.

Licensed for

73 children

A picture of Horizons Montessori Preschool

New Lynn - Auckland

Horizons Montessori Preschool

Horizons Montessori Preschool opened in 2000 and is proudly owned and operated by Mike and Helen Emberson, both qualified early childhood teachers.

Since 2013 our ERO report has assessed us as very well placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children.  We are proud that this assessment positions us in the top 20% of New Zealand preschool centres and requires a routine visit every four years.

Our preschool offers a family feel, catering to 30 children aged 2-6 years, with a caring and nurturing atmosphere.  It’s a place that teachers’ parents and children can feel a strong sense of ownership and belonging – a wonderful foundation for the early years.

We are inspired by children’s interest and love of learning and we support this through an environment rich in resources and devoted, passionate Early Childhood teachers.

Montessori Philosophy

We view children as competent and confident learners.  Our centre philosophy strives to enhance learning opportunities through the philosophy and equipment of Maria Montessori and Te Whāriki the national early childhood curriculum.

We are a distinctive service as we offer a balance of both structured and freeplay periods throughout the day, where learning is a fun and exciting journey of discovery.  Children and teachers co-construct knowledge alongside the active partnership we develop with parents.

We capture and document children’s learning through in-depth assessment documentation.  Teachers use a checklist to track children’s academic knowledge (colours, numbers, shapes, letters, sight words, and scissor skills).  This helps us to understand the child’s current knowledge and to tailor a programme that supports their progress.  Learning stories are used to notice, recognize and respond to children’s emergent interests and supports our planning process.  

The children’s e-portfolios are produced through Educa.  Educa is an ideal way for parents, children and teachers to share and be involved in their child’s learning experiences.  Educa allows parents to invite other family members or friends to engage in their child’s portfolio, to add stories and comments and be involved.  Educa operates a secure site allowing only those invited to access children’s portfolios using a password of their preference. The ease of use of Educa means that stories are accessible immediately and can be viewed on any mobile device such as phone, ipad or computer.  You will receive an alert to let you know something has been added.

Our teacher/child ratio of 1:5 is integral to offering the children scaffolded learning through sustained interest areas such as research and enquiry.  It also provides us the time and opportunity to actively play and participate as we establish strong relationships based on mutual respect and trust. Children freely choose their own activities with teachers encouragement and support to try new challenges, learn new skills and develop their individual interests.

It is important that teachers, families and children feel a strong sense of cultural connection within the preschool where all cultures are respected and celebrated. Biculturalism is supported through understanding Maori culture, language and identity through developing our partnership with whanau and iwi.

Licensed for

30 children

A picture of Nurturing Hearts Early Learning Centre

New Lynn - Auckland

Nurturing Hearts Early Learning Centre

Kia Ora, Welcome to Nurturing Hearts

Welcome to Nurturing Hearts, formally Three Bears.

In 2020, Three Bears changed hands and in 2021 the team set about to revisit our philosophy, who we are and what is important to us. Changing our name was a part of that process. We wanted a name that represented who we are, what is important to us and spoke to our philosophy. We consulted with our kaitiaki, whānau and owners and settled on Nurturing Hearts early Learning Centre.

We believe a learning environment underpinned with love and kindness is essential and the basis for nurturing our enquiry-based philosophy, Our children learn at their own pace, through their interests and creativity. This is what makes a childhood memorable and gives a lifetime of learning the opportunity take root and be enjoyed.

Licensed for

40 children

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New Lynn - Auckland

Confident Learners Early Learning Centre

Confident Learners  is a small family oriented  childcare providing affordable care and education for children aged 2  to 5 years old. The centre is licenced for just 20 Children ensuring individual care and attention for each child while enjoying  a safe and home like environment.

The centre is located on a convenient location in the suburb of New Lynn and serves well to the children from Green Bay, Titirangi and Blockhouse Bay areas.

Confident Learners backs to park grounds thus giving children the opportunity to enjoy natural environment. Due to our close proximity to New Lynn hub the children enjoy regular visits to library, Mitre Ten, and New world.

Our Vision

We value the relationships we form with the families and community; and believe that these links are essential for your child to develop into confident learners.

Our Emergent play-based approach aligns with Te Whāriki, New Zealand’s early childhood curriculum. Children are given free choice in an environment that is responsive, respectful and receptive to children’s physical and emotional well-being.

Our centre is well resourced to provide a dynamic learning environment where foundations are laid for a lifelong love for learning. We help foster an understanding of their uniqueness and their differences and prepares them for transition to school while providing an inclusive environment

Licensed for

20 children

A picture of Genius Kids Early Childhood Educational Centre

New Lynn - Auckland

Genius Kids Early Childhood Educational Centre

At the heart of Genius Kids Early Childhood Educational Center is the desire for collaboration between teachers, whanau and the community to support the learning and development of each child. Our curriculum is based on Te Whāriki Early Childhood curriculum and inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach to childcare that puts children at the center of their learning in relationship-driven environments.

The aim of our teaching methods, creative spaces and compassionate teaching is to nurture each child’s innate competence, curiosity and imagination, enabling them to contribute to their own learning and wellbeing. This is done through many languages of expression and communication.

Our teachers carefully listen, observe, and document the work of each child, encouraging them to develop their thinking and learning. They also reflect on their own teaching, learning, and work by sharing ideas and observations within the instructorial team, whanau and with the tamariki themselves.

It is important to us that we instill in each child a sense of confidence, self-awareness and belief that that are unique and can do anything!

Our Philosophy

At Genius Kids Early Childhood Learning Center we provide the very best, high-quality care and education for children. As educators, we believe reciprocal, trustworthy and respectful relationships are the core values that will empower tamariki in their journey of learning in a diverse community.

Each child is capable, unique and competent. Whanaungatanga and partnership between children, teachers and parents are the heart of our teaching and learning practices. We aspire to offer a culture of creative spaces where every child, like pikopiko, unfolds their language of learning.

Te whariki curriculum underpins our pedagogical practices.

Licensed for

66 children