When young children are learning in preschool education environments, they’re gathering the skills, knowledge, and dispositions they need to cope with the diverse challenges of life. These challenges include the more immediate milestone of starting school.

During early childhood learning at Our Kids, the foundations for literacy and numeracy, decision making, perseverance, patience, and creativity are developed through a range of play-based learning experiences. Self-help and self-care skills are cultivated within the children, along with the development of social competence leading up to the transition to school. Enrol today to prepare your child for their future as a student.

Two girls smiling hanging upside down on plastic see saw in Our Kids Glen Eden

Te Whariki at Our Kids

Teachers at Our Kids Early Learning Centres are guided by Te Whāriki. We weave a holistic curriculum in response to children’s learning and development in the early childhood setting and the wider context of the child’s world.

The children at Our Kids continually set their own goals and choose their learning paths. They make their own decisions and construct their understandings in a stimulating, challenging, and responsive environment. Children learn alongside teachers who support them to widen and deepen their grasp of the world.

Self Directed Learning Paths

Children develop deep understandings when they’re able to choose learning paths that interest them before concentrating and exploring for extended periods over days, weeks, months, and even years, with minimal interruptions. They learn persistence and patience when they’re able to return to their own chosen pursuits day after day.

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.
- Ilona, Glendale Road, Glen Eden
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.
- Zoe Brown, Beazley Place, Glendene
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 🙂
- Viliami Fangaloka, Beazley Place, Glendene