Childcare Centre

Child with a teacher at the Childcare Centre

The Childcare Centre is located at Windermere Campus in Tauranga. It is a large centre, catering for children aged 6 months to 5 years in separate age-appropriate areas to accommodate children’s individual learning and development requirements.

The Centre primarily caters for children of students and staff on campus. Some sessional spaces are available for 3 and 4-year-old children from the community.

Being located on campus gives parents peace of mind while they are studying or working, secure in the knowledge that their children are in a safe and nurturing environment.

The Centre operates Monday to Friday 7:45am to 5.00pm. These hours are reduced during the term holidays.

Our teachers are all qualified professionals who are committed to ensuring the Centre provides an excellent learning environment where children will be equipped with the skills, wisdom and attitude to empower them to make a valued contribution to society.

In 2015 the Education Review Office report gave the Centre (at the time known as BOP Polytechnic Early Childhood Education Centre) the highest recommendation of being ‘very well placed’ to promote positive learning outcomes for children stating:

“The majority of teachers are long serving, which provides continuity of care for children within each learning centre. All teaching staff are qualified. High teacher/child ratios support the delivery of a stimulating and bicultural curriculum in a nurturing and caring environment, while promoting a passion for lifelong learning.

A virtues-based programme is effectively implemented throughout the centre in conjunction with the early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki. This programme is designed to support children’s holistic development and promotes characteristics that will enable them to effectively and positively contribute within society”.

The next review by the Education Review Office will be carried out in 2019.

To read more about the Centre download the Early Childhood Education brochure (pdf, 225kb) or read our blog.

To apply for a space for your child please fill out the enrolment form (pdf, 380kb) and return it to the Centre. Early booking is essential to secure a place prior to the commencement of your programme.

For more information please call the Centre reception office on 07 557 8737.