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5.00 (1)

Northcote - Auckland

Kingdomcity Childcare

Our Mission

At Kingdomcity Childcare we believe that the greatest gift we can give our children is the love of learning. To facilitate this, we will endeavour to provide a warm caring environment in which each child is given the opportunity to learn at his/her pace and achieve to his/her full God-given potential.

Our Philosophy

  • We welcome children and whanau into a loving Christian atmosphere, creating a strong sense of belonging that underpins well-being. We honour everyone's personal mana and right of autonomy, and our 'primary caregiving' model ensures we meet the holistic needs of individuals within a group care setting.
  • Teachers develop strong bonded relationships with children, nurturing their natural unfolding development, creating plans with families' input, supporting children to explore their world, the right to make choices and express their thoughts, feelings, gifts and talents.
  • Within the centre's 'Culture of Kindness', we offer a respectful partnership with children, whanau/ families and celebrate their diverse cultural identities and families’ aspirations for their children.
  • Our passionate teachers are dedicated to enhancing and enriching their own knowledge and commitment to 'best practice' through engaging in a well-designed ongoing professional development programme.
  • Our curriculum empowers children to learn through play, to explore building and developing healthy relationships and will be guided with patience, love and respect through learning situations that raise challenges. Children are free to choose meaningful experiences and activities that capture their imagination and wonder in an unhurried and well-resourced natural environment that promotes sustainability.
  • We interweave te Reo me nga Tikanga Māori (Māori language, beliefs and values) into our daily curriculum, and support children as Kaitiaki (guardians) of their own learning, of taking care of each other and their environment and by doing so show our commitment in honouring our partnership with Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Our Values

  • Integrity, Honesty, Kindness and Respect are foundation stones of our centre
  • We value the importance of family and aim to strengthen the bonds of the family unit through a partnership between the family and centre
  • We value creating authentic relationships within the team and in relating to every child and their family
  • We prioritise offering an intentional learning environment that supports children's physical, social/emotional, and spiritual health and well-being
  • We value our natural environment, sustainability in our practices and use of resources
  • Children will be involved in the teachings and traditions of the Christian faith
  • We respect and value the cultural and social diversity of every family attending
  • We support the ongoing development of teachers to provide both personal and professional growth for our staff and to engage in current best practices in the delivery of our programme.

Licensed for

65 children

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5.00 (1)

Northcote - Auckland

Onepoto Playcentre

Onepoto Playcentre builds confident, competent learners by valuing our children’s play and exploration.

Our tamariki are free to explore the many play opportunities. Children love to explore, create, get messy and make believe. Sand, paint, jumping, swings, dolls, cooking, carpentry, and costumes are particularly popular. Adults support children with equipment, conversations and our participation in their play. We have fun together and build lasting relationships. 

We value the many languages and cultures of our families and the many skills of our parents and children. We are all learning together. Our adults participate in the free Playcentre adult education programme. This enables us to plan and set-up different activities each session. We also make decisions together and share the responsibilities of running an early childhood centre.

Licensed for

28 children

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5.00 (1)

Northcote - Auckland

Northcote Early Learning Centre

Northcote is a beautifully designed, purpose-built Early Learning Centre with a stunning woodland backdrop, located in close proximity to Northcote Primary School. We believe in nurturing relationships to support children’s successful start to life in learning to learn, and pride ourselves on providing high-quality care and education, that reflects professional standards in partnership with our community. Our energetic and creative teaching team see children as active participants in their own learning, who investigate and explore as we guide their choices of play. We encourage children’s learning through natural invitations to explore, fun and engaging learning opportunities, and provoking environments. We would like to extend an invitation to all prospective parents and whanau to join us for a tour of our wonderful centre.

Our values


We take great pride in our high-quality care, facilities and the positive outcomes we generate for children


We strive for excellence in all facets of our business. In particular, supporting ongoing learning and continuous improvement of our teaching practice.


We endeavour to act in ways that promote teamwork, integrity and thoughtfulness.


We create environments where all of us are given the freedom to play.


We form partnerships with each other, our children and their families in respectful and honest ways.

Our team

The Educators believe that children learn and develop in an early childhood environment where they are happy and secure. We believe that the quality of the physical environment is essential to the well-being of the children and staff and that coupled with a quality educational programme, the parents will be confident that the choices they have made for their child’s education and care are the right ones. We also believe that quality Early Childhood experiences promote the development of the child and will increase the opportunity for success throughout the child’s life.

Our philosophy

We endeavour to provide children with a rich curriculum that fosters their identity as successful learners. The learning environment provides opportunities for children to learn through play within an enjoyable and fun atmosphere. Risk-taking and exploration are actively encouraged.

Professional and trusting relationships are nurtured between teacher’s children and their families. Teachers are attuned to children’s cues and respond appropriately. We strive to work in partnership with whānau to ensure parent’s aspirations for their child’s ongoing learning are met. Respect for self, others and the environment is modelled at all times. Inquiry-based learning is encouraged where children can explore and develop the skills and knowledge to be critical thinkers. Teachers recognise a child’s interest and use this as a catalyst for supporting children to develop learning dispositions along with new skills and knowledge.

Social competence is a key focus within the curriculum and promoting independence and self-help skills forms the foundation for preparing children to become life-long learners. Children are supported to take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to share it with those around them.

We value inclusiveness and understanding and accepting all differing cultures and beliefs. Commitment to the bi-cultural partnership inherent in Aotearoa New Zealand is evident in all aspects of our practice.

Outdoor learning environments

Our well-designed and generous playgrounds and outdoor spaces stimulate the diversity of children’s play experience and contribute to their healthy development. All of our outdoor environments incorporate trees, shrubs, vines, flowers, grasses, edible fruits and vegetables, connecting our tamariki with nature.


Our carefully designed menu is a real point of difference for Eden Early Learning Centre. Unprocessed, natural, healthy ingredients, and mostly gluten-free; NZ grown and locally sourced. Whole nutrient-rich foods are used; including meat, vegetables, fruit, polenta, chia, quinoa, buckwheat etc. We have reduced processed foods and instead focused on whole foods to optimise nutrition.

Licensed for

105 children

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4.83 (1)

Northcote - Auckland

Northcote Kindergarten

Kia ora and welcome to Northcote Kindergarten

Here at Northcote Kindergarten we have a strong focus on sustainability and protection of our natural resources.

Northcote Kindergarten is a participant in the Inclusion Project 2015.  The aim of this project is to make kindergarten accessible for everyone by focusing on the changing social, cultural and learning needs of children.

One of the other great features of Northcote Kindergarten is our focus on art and creativity.

Come and see for yourself!  Families are welcome to stay and play.

Here at Northcote Kindergarten we are dedicated to providing an exciting, richly resourced, child initiated and holistic learning environment that exposes passions and learning. 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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4.83 (1)

Northcote - Auckland

Akoranga Childcare Centre

Our passionate and experienced team provide strong meaningful foundations for children's lifelong learning, with respect and empowerment being at the heart of everything we do. Establishing a strong sense of belonging through trusting relationships, and promoting wellbeing, self-confidence, independence, and individuality are our goals for every child in our care.

Our expansive outdoor environment is a hidden gem. Our fruit and vegetable garden, mud pit, climbing tree, bamboo cave, and purpose-built playground equipment are perfect for child-friendly learning and big adventure!

We are a not-for-profit centre, offering care and education for 42 children, including 8 under the age of 2, and our open-plan, mixed-age environment supports a welcoming, close-knit community.

You'll find us on the AUT North Campus. Book in and visit us soon!

Licensed for

42 children

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5.00 (1)

Northcote - Auckland

Learning Unlimited Childcare Centre

Located in the heart of Northcote, LU has been providing high quality care and education to children aged 3 months – 5 years old.

We are privately owned and operated, with warm, friendly, qualified staff.

Our centre is currently licensed for 62 children, and has small group sizes with excellent teacher/child ratios.

We believe that every child has the right to the highest quality early childhood care and education, and we ensure that is what we provide.

Learning Unlimited Childcare Philosophy

At Learning Unlimited Childcare centre, we strive to provide a warm, loving, fun and safe environment to our children. By following each child’s curiosity, creativity and interest, we create endless possibilities and opportunities for learning at our childcare setting.

Our philosophy’s development is based on the four principles of Te Whāriki, the National Early Childhood Curriculum. These principles are:

Family and community

At Learning Unlimited, we recognize the significance of the Treaty of Waitangi and therefore Te Reo (language) and Tikanga (custom) Maori are woven into our daily practice. We take pride in ourselves to be a community based as well as a multicultural centre.

Therefore we welcome families from different cultures and we value their contribution to complete the identity and uniqueness of our centre. We also believe in the inclusion of children with diverse needs and we will modify our curriculum where possible to support all children in their learning.


We are committed to prepare and plan our environment in such a way to foster positive self-image and confidence in the children at LU.

We believe in the power of positive role-modelling, which has a profound influence on our children. Through role-modelling, our teachers strive to promote many internal skills such  as perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism in our children, which help the children become independent, life-long learners and contributing members of the society.

Holistic Development

We aim to always be aware of each child’s individual interests, strengths and levels of development.

This serves as the foundation of our curriculum which aims to foster development of children in the cognitive, spatial, social-emotional, spiritual, logical, physical and language domains. Values play an important role within our programme. We encourage children to think laterally about how they respond and the effect on others. We believe that a successful life has as much to do with emotions and behavior as it does with academic achievement (Gayne, 2004). Excellent facilities and resources are provided to promote both gross and fine motor skills development.


We strive to meet the needs of parents/whānau, who play the primary role in the development of their children.

It is paramount to establish and maintain reciprocal relationships between staff, children and their parents/ whānau. Children and their parents/whānau are greeted warmly as they arrive at the centre. Management and staff are always available to talk to parents regarding to their suggestions and concerns

Licensed for

62 children

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5.00 (1)

Northcote - Auckland

Newbies Northcote

Our Centre 

We are owner-operated and licensed to cater for at total of 35 children. We are licensed for up to 10 children under 2yrs old.


We are so proud of our amazing outdoor play area. We have carefully thought it out through a childs mind and really tapped into a sense of natural play and "outdoorsie" adventure, being careful to keep safety top of mind, while letting our little ones play with delight! 

Online Portfolios

At Newbies we use the interactive portfolio system Story Park.

​Upon starting at Newbies we will guide you through joining and using Story Park


Newbies has a high teacher/child ratio with fully trained highly qualified staff. We welcome you to visit and experience the interaction for yourself.


In line with our Philosophy, we believe that children should be offered an environment where their well-being, belonging and development is nurtured and enriched. At Newbies we feel that our children deserve a beautiful centre to come to, one that they feel comfortable in and respect.

Licensed for

35 children

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Northcote - Auckland

Northcote Pre-School

Northcote Pre-School Community Trust (Kete Wananga) is licensed to provide all day and sessional care and education for up to 30 children aged over 2 years of age. It caters for an increasingly culturally diverse community.

The service is governed by a charitable trust and operates from the Northcote Community hall. The trustees supports the centre manager to oversee the daily operation of the centre. The manager leads a team of three registered teachers and one teacher in training.

The centre's philosophy is underpinned by the principles of Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. Teachers aim to work in partnership to empower children and their whānau and to provide an effective learning programme that supports each child's unique interests. Inclusion of all children is important to the team.

Licensed for

30 children

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Northcote - Christchurch

Home Grown Kids Northcote

Thinking about Home Based childcare with Home Grown Kids?

All of our Educators are carefully selected and screened including Police Vetting, identity checks, an interview that assess their attitudes and values toward children and an overall assessment of risk.

Enquire today and we’ll be in touch with you soon to provide the perfect option for your family.

Choosing the Best Educator for Your Child

We stand strong alongside our Educators. We care about them and we’re committed to the work they do, supporting and communicating with them every step of the way. We understand that engaged, fulfilled Educators make for happy families and even happier tamariki who thrive in these small group settings.

Small Group Setting

Our Home Based childcare groups are capped at a maximum of four children under the age of six, including Educators’ own children. This means we can offer each child the individual attention they need to flourish.

The best fit for your whānau values

Our Educators offer a range of different programmes based around their beliefs, values, culture, background and philosophies. Over 90% of our Educators hold a recognised ECE qualification. Some of our Educators are mothers and grandmothers with fantastic life skills, experience and knowledge. We’ll listen to your needs and then offer, where possible, a range of Educators. You will get to choose an Educator that you and your whānau connect with and trust.

Exceeding educational standards

An education programme that reflects New Zealand ECE curriculum - Te Whāriki. We are a Ministry of Education approved and licensed Early Childhood Education provider. Regularly reviewed by the

Education Review Office to ensure all our Home Based environments not only meet, but exceed the Ministry of Education’s Licensing Criteria for Home-based Services (2008).

Subsidies available

We’re an approved Work and Income provider and can support you to access a childcare subsidy if you are eligible.

20 hours ECE scheme

The Government subsidises all children aged 3-5 years (or 6 if not enrolled in school) who attend an ECE facility, making access more affordable for all.

Leaders in development practices for each child

All our Educators are supported and guided by our Visiting Teachers who are Qualified certificated ECE teachers with many years’ experience and expertise in early childhood education. Our Visiting Teachers regularly attend professional development to keep up-to-date with current research and theory for best practice for Education and care for under fives.

Our philosophy, vision and mission

  • Our Vision– The why – The reason we exist:

To provide a family friendly wrap around support service that enables all tamariki/whanau to learn, grow and thrive in a home-based setting. Investing in cultivating kindness, strong and professional relationships, in all our people to continue growing as lifelong learners

  • Mission Statement – The How -How are we going to achieve the Vision?

We will achieve our Vision through ensuring that every team member is emotionally invested in the well-being of our people including tamariki, whanau, Educators, communities and our Edubase family. We value successes and that these are not ours alone, the greatest success comes from the strengths of many. Our passion, knowledge and commitment will be the catalyst that enables everyone to learn, thrive and achieve.

  • Philosophy Statement

Edubase is a Home Based Early Childhood Education service that is committed to providing nurturing learning environments where tamariki thrive as individuals through an authentic play-based, natural learning education and care programme, in a home setting.

To enrich the learning of each tamariki we form strong community connections, developing links within the home and the learning environments of our Kaiako. Tamariki learn respect for people, places and things, shaping Aotearoa and developing an appreciation of New Zealand’s dual heritage. We continually strive to develop knowledge and an understanding of the cultural heritages of both partners to Te Tiriti o Waitangi – supporting a holistic approach to learning which is guided by our NZ Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whāriki.

Educators and Nannies offer comfortable, small group sizes, fostering respectful and reciprocal relationships, promoting tikanga Māori within their practice.

As an Organisation, we pride ourselves on cultivating strong, professional relationships, strengthening capability in all our people to continue growing as lifelong learners.

Edubase celebrates the diversity and uniqueness of each tamaiti, whanau and Kaiako and the gifts they bring. They are taonga, a treasure or gift. All things cultural are affirmed and celebrated, aiming to support children in gaining a positive awareness of their own and other cultures.

Tiaki nga tamariki – take care of the children

Licensed for

4 children

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4.67 (2)

Northcote - Auckland

Tiny Tots Childcare Centre


For over 30 years we have been offering quality education and care to families in and around the Birkenhead and Northcote areas. Our lovely villa is a home away from home for children aged from 4 months - school.

Licensed for

50 children

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5.00 (1)

Northcote - Auckland

Te Kōhanga Reo o Nga Tikanga Pono

Licensed for

24 children

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4.67 (1)

Northcote - Auckland

Tots Corner

Please note - This centre is full in the under 2 area

Conveniently located on Onewa Rd, this historic villa has offered high quality early childhood education and care since 1993.

Tots (as it’s affectionately known) is licensed for 37 children from 6 months to school age. This converted villa has three spacious learning spaces, naturally separating into two environments for children aged 2 to 5 years and a third nurturing space for children under 2 years. The large front yard is designed to offer challenges for the older children with a separate safe multi sensory outdoor environment for our under 2’s.

We offer education and care between 7.30am and 5.30pm Monday to Friday and are open all year except for a two week period over Christmas and the New Year. This gives children and teachers time to re-energise both mind and body.

Licensed for

37 children

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Northcote - Auckland

Tui's Nest Childcare Centre

At Tui’s Nest Childcare we provide children with a positive and well-balanced environment that is safe, challenging, nurturing and educational. Our centre is conveniently located between Birkenhead and Northcote, providing top quality childcare, daycare and preschool on Auckland’s North Shore.

We take pride in providing a wide range of activities aimed at assisting the development of the children while remembering that they are still children. We mix fun with learning, socializing with ethical awareness, and good manners with a healthy serving of play and exploration.

We are licensed for 45 children with a maximum of 20 under 2’s. We have fully qualified teachers who specialise in all manners of creative learning – arts and crafts, dance, music, painting, dramatic play, games, and other ECE activities.  Our staff is motivated, warm and caring people who have empathy and the ability to relate positively to the children and their families.

Licensed for

45 children

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Northcote - Auckland

Onepoto Awhina Educare Centre

Our Centre Philosophy

Is whanau based where we reflect our cultural diversity, our heritage and our community

Our Programme

Is based on Te Whaariki, the Early Childhood National Curriculum.

We encourage children to learn through their:

  • Language
  • Cognitive
  • Social and
  • Physical Development

To achieve this we have dedicated, registered, qualified teachers and in training staff who will observe, assess and evaluate every child’s learning outcome in a warm safe environment where all children and adults explore, have fun and learn together.

Our focus on learning and planning is developed to encourage positive learning experiences for your child which is included in our daily routines.

Our focus on learning is based on practices from your child’s interest which incorporates the principals of Te Whaariki

Our programme planning is displayed for all parents to view and to question.

We encourage you as parents to ask our teachers on your child’s development in our centre, to look at your child’s portfolios, to read our newsletters, read our policies and help with reviewing them, to attend Parent/teacher interview evenings, come on excursions and attend functions at the centre.

Licensed for

37 children

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Northcote - Auckland

Northcote Baptist Community Preschool

We provide a safe physical, emotional, social and spiritual environment where learning is challenging, exciting, stimulating and fun. We are registered with the Early Childhood Section of the Ministry of Education and are licensed for 50 children. At NBCP quality care is given in the context of a Christian community that supports families.

Licensed for

50 children