Childcare options in Wellsford

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Wellsford - Auckland

Wellsford Preschool Education Centre

Our Centre

Open: 7.30am till 5.30pm

The centre is open throughout the year, including school holidays. However, we do close for the normal statutory holidays.

We do our best to support the hours you and your child would like to attend, and we offer full day sessions and free half day sessions for 3-year-old plus as part of the 20 ECE. We also offer regular and casual bookings when we have space available. However, it is recommended that children come more frequently as we find that as children become more settled, they are happier.

Kiwi Room

(under 2- year olds)

Our Kiwi room supports the youngest members of our preschool family with nurturing primary caregivers following respectful practices to empower our babies and toddlers. Through play and social interactions Kaiako (teachers) work at a slower pace allowing children to make choices and understand and anticipate routines and practices.

Pukeko Room

(2-6years old)

The children in the Pukeko room enjoy a large outdoor area where they discover and follow their interests, make friends and use their imaginations.

The Centres position beside a pond, pirate island, waterfall and bush provide many opportunities to watch nature through the seasons and our children learn to respect and come to appreciate the natural environment

Licensed for

50 children

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Wellsford - Auckland

Tomarata Playcentre

We are a small, rural playcentre catering to our wonderful local families. We are based just down the road from our local primary school and our playground backs onto local farmland. Our members travel from around the region and we welcome new visitors any time! Please bring a change of clothes (or several) as we like to get messy! Also bring a lunchbox/some kai for your tamariki so they can join us for morning tea (around 10am).

We start our days with mat time at 9.30am where we sing waiata, share news and talk about our exciting plans for the day. Then our tamariki wash hands ready for our morning tea. During this time our parents take turns at bringing along some tasty treats (just for the adults!) so you can relax for a moment and enjoy something delicious with a hot cup of your favourite beverage.

Not only do we share the learning adventure, but we all spread the load… raising a family can be challenging, so please think of us as your extended whānau. It takes a village, come along and see if our village is right for you!

Licensed for

30 children

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Wellsford - Auckland

Koru Kindy

  • We aim to be the community’s most trusted provider of high quality early childhood care and education.
  • We strive to foster children’s natural curiosity within a caring, inclusive early childhood setting.

Our Programme

Our Programme is ever changing and stems from your child’s interests, your goals for him/her, our

teachers knowledge of child development, and from community events.

Children learn as they play so our day is organised to allow your child to choose activities from the many

different play opportunities available, to develop their social skills with focused activities based on our

programme to expand their interest’s knowledge and skills.

We meet before lunchtimes in a group to share stories and songs or to share ideas for a programme topic.

This is an opportunity for our children to share news, reflect on their day, and for teachers to reward

positive behaviours through our appreciation tree leaves and flowers.

Meal times are a time to sit, eat and share great conversations together. We enjoy a rolling morning tea

where the children choose to come to the table to eat when they are ready. The children eat from their

lunch box that parents have prepared and brought along. We sing one of several thank you songs we learn,

before we eat, and at the end of mealtimes children learn to ask if they may please leave the table as part

of our virtues and manners focus.

We are lucky to have a large outdoor space and we make the most of it, encouraging children to run, jump,

play and develop their physical abilities as well as their minds. We work alongside the children to care for

centre animals, gardens, the worm farm and to tend the compost pile. We believe it is important that our

children learn about the cycles of reusing and recycling where possible, and they reap the rewards of their

labours by being able to enjoy fruits and vegetables from our trees and gardens.

Our children learn about manners and virtues throughout their time with us. We encourage kindness,

thoughtfulness, honesty, caring, love, courage, confidence and positive self image to help our children

grow into being positive members of our wider community.

Licensed for

30 children

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Wellsford - Auckland

Wellsford Kindergarten

Kia ora and welcome to Wellsford Kindergarten.

Wellsford Kindergarten is located within a large park-like outdoor environment.  This is shaded in summer with our lush green trees.

The learning experiences that we offer here at Wellsford Kindergarten reflect and build upon our unique rural environment and community.

Here at Wellsford Kindergarten, we cater for a diverse age range of children.  This allows siblings to attend together.

Come and visit us!

At Wellsford Kindergarten we have four qualified early childhood teachers. We also have one teaching assistant, a teacher aide and an administrator. We are all passionate about providing high-quality education for young children in a creative, fun and nurturing environment.

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

30 children

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Wellsford - Wellsford

Natural Wonders Early Learning Centre

Welcome to Natural Wonders Early Learning Centre.

We are a private owner-operated preschool situated in the up and coming Wellsford community.  We are a small Centre, licensed for 30 children, aged from 3 months to 5 years and are open Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 5 pm.

At Natural Wonders we provide an environment that is a home away from home.  Children experience educational opportunities and thought-provoking activities in an atmosphere of nurturing and understanding. The tuakana-teina concept, where children learn from one another, is strongly reflected within our Centre.  To encompass this we promote a mixed learning environment where all children develop alongside each other.

Our teaching team is made up of Qualified and Registered teachers, all of whom have been working in the Early Childhood sector for over 10 years.

We understand that choosing the right preschool for your child is an important process and a big decision. We encourage you to visit our Centre and ask questions so that you’ll feel comfortable leaving your little ones with us.

Licensed for

30 children