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Welcome to paihia early childhood centre

The Paihia Early Childhood Centre was established in 1981 to offer Bay of Islands residents high quality care and education for infants through to 5 year old children in a nurturing, extending and fun environment, We are mindful that the centre is the daytime home of many children and are focused on making it a warm and inviting place for the children.

We have a team of qualified teachers and staff-in-training who are focused on developing children’s skills, knowledge and attitudes for learning and establishing solid foundations in learning enquiry, literacy, numeracy and the arts. The centre is recommended by schools and parents for assisting their children to develop the social and learning skills so important for a successful transition to school.

The centre provides above the required child teacher ratios. The staff are the strength of the centre and we believe strongly in ongoing teacher development and training to keep staff up to date with teaching practices, reviewing and improving programmes on an ongoing basis.

Over the last year we have been working on a new centre philosophy. This has engaged all staff in defining a shared vision of the centre and what we provide to the community. At the centre of this is the staff, whanau, environment and curriculum combining to provide the best outcomes for the children. It provides clear goals, actions and outcomes in each area. We believe this philosophy provides a set of beliefs and behaviours that has empowered out team to work together to achieve the best outcome for your children. The recent ERO review describes “The resulting document, Ngā Pou o Paihia Early Childhood Centre, has established shared agreement and understanding about the direction of the centre. It provides information for staff and parents about the beliefs and values that underpin the programme, and has helped to strengthen teachers’ understanding about internal evaluation”. You can read our new philosophy by clicking on the link to our Philosophy.

The Ministry of Education Education Review Office (ERO) conducted an extensive analysis of the centre operations in May 2017 and the report finds the Centre is Very Well Placed to meet the needs of the children moving forward. This is the highest service evaluation provided by ERO. Yet still we have identified a number of areas to develop further to offer the children and whānau even more fulfilling learning opportunities. Click on the link below to read the 2017 ERO report.


Come in anytime and visit us. Email or call, we look forward to meeting you and your child.

The Paihia Early Childhood Centre team

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