General Information

Kids’ Reserve is a non-for-profit Incorporated Society providing care and education for children aged approximately 6 months to 5 years. Children are cared for in an environment that nurtures, protects and encourages learning.  The learning environment encompasses the principals and strands of Te Whariki, the New Zealand national curriculum for early childhood education and care.

The Centre is licensed for a maximum of 46 children, however, the Centre endeavours to only have 43 per day, of which up to 15 can be under 2 years of age.  The centre normally has between 40 – 43 children attending each day.

Janis Murray is the Supervisor (and registered teacher) of the centre and together with the Centre Manager, Rosemary McLaren are both responsible for maintaining the curriculum, leading and managing the teams and providing mentorship to all staff.

The centre operates in three separate age appropriate learning areas. These areas are as follows:Bell Bird Room   

Up to 2.5 years; 5 teachers, approximately 1:3 ratios

Penguin Room

 2-2.5 years – 3-3.5 years; 3 teachers, approximately 1:4 ratios

Tui Room

3-3.5 years – 5 years; 2 teachers, approximately 1:7 ratios

The Kids’ Reserve community is open to all children and families.

Opening hours are 7.45am to 5.40pm (While we are at Hania the closing time will be 6 pm) Monday through to Friday. The centre is open throughout the year excluding statutory holidays, one teacher-only day per year and for a two week period over Christmas/New Year. Children attend a minimum of 2 full days per week.

Aroha, our centre cook provides nutritious food throughout the day for all children and has a ‘Healthy Heart Award.’ See more here.

The centre employs, where possible, trained and registered teachers, a centre cook, and a housekeeper as we have a strong focus on quality in group care.

A Management Committee is elected each year at an Annual General Meeting, and they provide support and governance to the centre and its staff.