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What parents say

Parents love our centre:

If you want your child to have the best start in their schooling life, Gladstone Park is the place to have them. The facilities are terrific and the teachers all have a genuine desire to nuture and educate. - Torey, June 2018

I recommend the centre based on the fact that kids can just be kids.  The outdoor area in the middle of Parnell is fantastic - real grass, real trees and real mud!  I really appreciate all of the teachers and especially all of the wonderful advice they have helped us with over the years.  They all genuinely care about the children and all complement each other so well with their diversity. – Aimee, June 2018

Great staff that care for and take an interest in our children, excellent facilities and excellent food and activity options.- Damien, Jan 2018    

An outdoor oasis in the city, Gladstone Park ECE allows kids to be kids and have the freedom to literally to muck around in the mud and explore the wonders of the outdoors in a safe environment. I'm really impressed with the gross motor skills and confidence my son has gained in a short time. – Susan, Jan 2018

As soon as you walk in the door you feel comfortable. The children are treated as individuals and all the teachers know all the kids' names and personalities, even if they're not your child's teacher. Also the focus on healthy food and getting outside for playtime. - Parent, Jan 2018

This is such an amazing daycare. I love how you expose the kids to different cultures and experiences, growing little citizens of the world!  - Cara, October 2017




Gladstone Park Early Childhood Centre has an exciting play area

Centre life

​Our Philosophy
Our aim at Gladstone Park Early Childhood Centre is to provide an enriching environment where children and families feel valued, respected and empowered. We are committed to forming lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with whanau, the community and the planet, in accordance with the Treaty of Waitangi. We embrace all of our children, whanau and teaching team to form a warm, rich and diverse group of learners reflective of our community. 

We believe in the benefit of family/whanau working in partnership with staff to ensure their input is valued and their aspirations for their child are respected and fostered. 

We offer an emergent curriculum in line with Te Whariki (the National Early Childhood Framework of Aotearoa / New Zealand) that encourages and empowers children to learn holistically and through free play and alongside their peers and teachers. 

We believe in the importance of respect for our bodies, our peers, our teachers and our families as well as our environment and our planet Earth. This is promoted through our ongoing Green Kids Programme. 



 Assistance Dog visit at Gladstone Park Early Childhood Centre
Assistance Dogs New Zealand came for a visit to tell the children more about the very special dogs they train.


We believe when an attitude of mutual respect is fostered, children are empowered to have confidence in their individual identity. Through building and maintaining positive and purposeful relationships, we are able to support individual learning and development and an emergent curriculum. 

We believe that every child is individual and acknowledge their strengths and interests by allowing them the time they need to explore, investigate and discover the wider world. 

At Gladstone Park Early Childhood Centre we truly believe that children are confident and competent learners. We encourage an environment of exploration, experimentation and calculated risk. While our teachers are here to support, encourage and scaffold we believe that children are the driving force in their own learning and in turn encourage learning for now and in the future.


Teacher : Child ratios

Our teaching team is led by Jessica Henderson-Bird who brings a wealth of early childhood experience to our centre. 

We have a commitment to employ qualified teachers with a passion for working with young children, and we aim to better the Ministry of Education teacher : child ratios of 1:5 for children under two and 1:10 for children over two, especially during the busy times of the day.


Healthy meals and snacks

Menus are developed and meals prepared by our Chef and kitchen team, who hold Food Hygiene and Safety Certificates.

Children are given nourishing and sustaining midday meals as well as healthy morning and afternoon snacks each day by our kitchen team. This enables our teaching staff to focus on providing the best possible care for your children. All menus are published on the parent noticeboard at each centre.

Our meals are full of goodness, taste great and the children just love them. So does the Heart Foundation. Gladstone Park Early Childhood Centre has won the Heart Foundation's Gold Healthy Heart award - three times!

Our heart-healthy meals are an important feature for many parents. In 2015, Parnell Trust launched KidsHQ SuperMeals, frozen meals made from the same recipes the children love to eat at our centres. They've been very popular with busy parents who don't always have the time to prepare healthy meals for their kids. Parents can buy the meals directly from our centres.

Our centres cater for special dietary requirements, which parents can discuss with our Chef.


Healthy Heart celebrations at Gladstone Park Early Childhood Centre


Children's portfolios
Each child has their own portfolio and teachers contribute to these regularly. The portfolios build a picture of a child's development, and include photographs, notes from teachers about development and activities, and artwork completed by children during their day at the centre.

Parents are encouraged to regularly look through their child's portfolio, and they can also be taken home overnight to share with family.

In October 2018 we launched our Educa Parent Portal, where we document your child's portfolio. The Portal also allows parents to share stories of their children with their familes and have two-way communication with our teachers. New parents will be given access details by our Office Administrator and can choose to share access with family members.



Communication with parents

We know that you, as parents, are the most important people in your child's life, and we consider it a privilege to have a role in your child's life. By sharing your knowledge and understanding of your child, you'll enable us to get to know them better and help us support their development through appropriate learning opportunities.

We encourage your enquires, requests, suggestions and concerns, and always have time to have a chat about your child's day. These communications are important to us because they help to establish a positive connection between home and childcare centre. We have a regular newsletter, notice boards, education information opportunities and family nights as part of our commitment to this partnership.

Parents of children at Gladstone Park Early Childhood Centre are encouraged to actively participate in life at our Centre via our Educa Parent Portal.



Playground fun at Gladstone Park Early Childhood Centre