Why Our Preschool

Renee Murray

I enrolled my daughter Aria at Paihia Early Childhood Centre just after she was 4.  My husband and I live in Paihia and own and operate a business in Kerikeri.   If we’d known what a great centre Paihia ECC was in the earlier days Aria would have been enrolled from 7months when I went back to full time work.  When asked by others I find myself saying” I wish I’d enrolled her as a baby”.

The staff at Paihia ECC go that extra mile, they have fun with the kids and are very caring towards them along with implementing structure.  To my daughter they are like extended family.

To us Whanau/Family and the importance of our child’s culture made it so easy for Aria, my husband and I to fit in with the kids and staff Paihia ECC.

The focus and balance of play and Educational structure helped Aria with the transition into school life.

When asked whether I would recommend a Childcare I don’t hesitate to say the ‘Paihia ECC,   Aria just loves it.  I love it! I walk out knowing she’s safe and happy

“Happy Child, Happy Mama”


Jon & carla sefton

All four of our children have attended Paihia Early Childhood Centre across 18 years and their and our experiences have always been positive. The passionate, genuine and qualified team make for a safe and happy learning environent.  All our children, past and present look forward to going each morning for a fun engaging day of varying activities

Detailed feedback, nutritious and plentiful kai, a close knit team that clearly enjoy their job makes PECC a great start in life for children.  Good student/teacher ratios, a strong emphasis on communication, friendship, a good balance of hands on/ hands off nurturing, PECC has given our children invaluable skills and confidence to take them to their next schooling environment.

Thank you and keep up the good work!

Melenie Going

My son Harlem has been attending the Paihia Early Childhood Centre since he turned one and he is only months away from starting school. I’d had four years previously with the local kindergarten, but decided to look for a more structured and routine childcare centre. The Paihia Early Childcare Centre ticked all the boxes that I was looking for. A great Teacher child ratio, set routines during the day, a clean and tidy facility, new and educational toys and games, great outside facilities with water play to name a few. My son has a health condition, which has him monitored daily; a written report of his food and drink intake was provided to me. When ever I had an issue that was of concern to me, I have always felt my concerns were dealt with promptly and efficiently. The teachers are very approachable and understanding. No issue is too big or too small. I have felt all the teachers display a genuine interest in the children and are beyond professional which, I believe is strength of this childcare centre. I do not hesitate to recommend them to my friends and family.

Sharon and Neil Choat

Sofia has been attending Paihia Early Childhood Centre for the last 3 1/2 years. In this time she has been allowed to develop and learn important life skills and has thoroughly enjoyed herself. The staff have a very high level of professionalism and coupled with their friendly personal attention to detail. This making a huge influence on the person she is today.  We are truly grateful to them all for this and can not speak highly enough of the organisation and the people.  We totally recommend them to any parent, guardian or Care giver.
When Sofia had her first week at school she quickly progressed to level 2, a testament to her learning and the high level of teaching she had received. We were impressed with this head start she has been given. Both Sofia and ourselves will miss their happy smiling faces but will never forget our time there.

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