WHAT OUR FAMILIES AND OTHERS SAY ABOUT OUR KIDS EARLY LEARNING CENTRE...
"My daughter started last February (2016), after being at home with me (her overly neurotic Mummy) for four years… it was the best choice we could have made (we investigated a few centres believe me) they are supportive, caring and are passionate about what they do. The children are well looked after, and a very caring… Daddy bear said all they need to do now is have after school care and we’d be set ha ha ha it’s going to be very hard when Keziah leaves the Glen Eden centre in July, the children there were her first ever friends that weren’t related to her, and the teachers the only other adults outside of family Keziah is comfortable around Thank you Our Kids"
"Where to even start ? I honestly don’t see my kids going anywhere else but here , the center along with staff and other parents have made the one year my kids have been here such a beautiful Journey , I have two boys attending and the amount of new things they both learn and bring home is just incredible , my eldest went from a shy kid who just sticks to himself to this confident, brave outgoing person that always wants to help and try new things, my eldest will be heading to primary next year and I am well over confident that the center have taught and given him the skills and attitude to advance his learning abilities. Thank you soo much to the team at Our Kids Early Learning Centre Glendene for your hard work and dedication towards what you do and have done to my boys (even though they can be a little gggrrr sometimes) lol much ofas from our little family to you guys :)"
"Our Kids is a really lovely centre my 4 year old loves it there the teachers are caring especially the head teacher they are very accommodating to your needs and the atmosphere is great although I have always been wary of sending my babies to a daycare my 15 month old has recently started there and it really hasn’t taken her long to settle both my girls are always there with a smile on their face when I pick them up. I also love that the babies and older children are all in together as my baby with two older sisters loves the older kids.The teachers can see I am a busy stressed mum of three and even wash my daughters special bear and blankie I really recommend this centre to anyone who is looking."
"Teaching is responsive to individual children's needs and teachers make links to children's experiences outside of the centre. Teachers are increasing their knowledge of te ao Māori perspectives by participating in professional development. As a result, they are continuing to strengthen bicultural aspects of the curriculum."
"Our now 5 year old attended the Glendene centre and we loved it so much. Like a home away from home, even our older son who was already at school would love coming in for a chat with the teachers at pick up time. Our son transitioned to school so well and i believe a lot of that is due to the confidence he gained at such a wonderful centre. A big highlight for us was the mixed ages, our son attended from age 3-5 and he loved interacting with the babies. I'd have no hesitation at all to send a wee one there as its like dropping them off at an aunties house. All the staff genuinely care about each and every child and really make an effort to expand on their personal interests and create new learning opportunities through play. Such a wonderful centre with amazing teachers."
"My daughter has attended Our Kids Centre for a year, and I always pick her up with a smile on her face. She loves her teachers! I greatly appreciate the immense time and energy the teachers dedicate to the kids, and maintaining the centre. The centre has an excellent philosophy including kindness and respect for others, which is reflected in the children’s play, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this centre to my friends and family!"
"A highly responsive and respectful curriculum supports the development of children's dispositions for learning. Children confidently explore the centre, leading their own learning through play. They engage enthusiastically with stimulating and open-ended resources. Teachers skilfully extend their learning, creativity and problem solving. Relationships of support are strongly evident between children."
"Leo loved the 18 months he spent at Our Kids, and it was a difficult choice for us to have to move him to a centre with slightly longer hours to accommodate a change in our lifestyle. Although Leo has settled well into his new centre he still remembers with fondness the warm and caring staff at Our Kids and is keen to go back for a visit. He often says hi or bye to “old day care” as we drive past! “Our Kids” is a wonderful centre with a very inclusive ‘family’ feel about it. I always found the staff to be very approachable and easy to talk to. I loved that every child was greeted by name as they walk in in the morning."
"The staff at Our Kids cared for both my daughter and myself while settling into the centre. Staff listened and responded to my apprehension, building trust and confidence regarding leaving my daughter. I now am comfortable and have no hesitation in saying good bye, I love picking up my daughter hearing about her day and knowing she is in caring hands. She has absolutely flourished being at Our Kids and is confident and happy. I highly recommend Our Kids’ Glendene."
"Our Kids are such an amazing center, wouldn’t send our boy anywhere else! The staff are fantastic- so positive and friendly. They truly care about the kids and their development, and take such great care of them all. They have become like family to us, and we love having them as part of our ‘village’ for our boy!"
"I feel Cohen has benefited greatly from being in a mixed aged environment, interacting and making friends with children of all ages. As he has had the opportunity to interact with the babies and infants in the centre, he has learnt to be gentle and caring towards younger children. This was evident to us when his baby sister arrived recently and he was so loving towards her and knew what appropriate behaviour was around her. Cohen loves to play in the beautiful outdoor area which has many different areas to explore, and activities to challenge him and burn off some of his energy!"
"My son has been at Our Kids Glendene for over a year now and I’m very pleased by his growth there. I have seen his confidence increase, his social skills improve, his overall learning and development thrive with the guidance and support of his teachers. Highly recommend!"
"On Friday 2nd February was my girls last day, after been there since she was 1 1/2 years old, it was a sad, but happy day, they put on a little graduation for her and the things said about Katie from teacher and children was just awesome, I know I’ve loved every bit of my girl being at our kids, my girl has even more so. Would like to say a huge thank you once again for everything, I highly recommend and appreciate everything the centre stands for you guys do a fantastic job."
"The centre owner/manager is early childhood trained and committed to providing a high quality programme for children. She has skilfully managed centre staffing to promote improvement. She has worked collaboratively with the other centre leaders and teachers to design and implement more robust strategic planning and management systems."
"Our Kids Beazley, is hands down one of the best ECE centres in Auckland. The teachers, every single one of them have nothing but love and support to share. My Daughter Ava has been with the Centre now for roughly just under a year and she LOVES it. I love that they teach Kaitiakitanga, Manakitanga and Kotahitanga. How to protect our environment and all the things that nourish us, to show love and compassion and to work together all as one."
"We looked at quite a few daycares when the time came for me to go back to work. Nico was 2 years old and Kaino was 5 months old. None of the other daycares we looked quite felt right but when we arrived at ‘ Our Kids’ Nico took a glance inside and ran off to play straight away. After I had a talk to the staff that work there and asked all my questions that I wanted answered, Nico did not want to leave as he enjoyed it there so much! So really my little boy chose his daycare all by himself. The staff are all lovely and are fully trained in early childhood education. My boys love going to daycare and really look at it as their second home away from home. Nico is starting school in a few weeks now and is well prepared for it. I am so happy that we found ‘Our Kids’ and can only recommend them."
"Our Kids Glen Eden has been such a positive and nurturing centre for our son. They have worked with us to create a consistent approach to learning and behaviour which has worked wonders. We have now started our daughter at the centre and look forward to seeing her learn and grow as our son has."