Jack and Jill Early Learning Centre

Loving to learn, Learning to Love

Jack and Jill Early Learning Centre, values learning through play, in a family focused quality environment. We prepare children for school and beyond. For children from 0-5 years old within our community Wainuiomata.

About Us

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Our History

Established in 1950’s, Jack and Jill Early Learning Centre (previously Jack and Jill Kindergarten) was one of the earliest to provide the community with early childhood education and care services. The centre extended the license to include 20 children under two years of age in December 2012. The babies and toddlers learn and play in a separete building that was renovated and specifically designed to suite the needs of that age group. Please feel free to phone us to arrange a visit, and spend time here with your child/children getting to know the teachers and centre routines. We have an open door policy, whereby parents/whānau are welcome at all times. The teachers are more than happy to help with any questions/queries you may have.


Our License

We are licensed under the Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008, for 60 children, including upto 20 children aged under 2 years.


Our philosophy

  • We provide a warm, rich, and safe stimulating learning environment within the curriculum of Te Whaariki.
  • We encourage, support and extend children’s sense of self and develop social skills and independence; which assist children to develop and discover in a holistic way and to have strategies for lifelong learning.
  • We adopt positive guidance through fairness, consistency, and respect for children with sound understanding and knowledge of their development.
  • We value children’s learning through free play and structured programme planning. Our planning of the programme recognise children as the active decision maker with their learning, where early literacy and numeracy are incorporated into their play experience.
  • We view parents as partners, collaborators and advocates for the children. We endeavor to develop respectful partnership with parents, families and whanau through regular communications, in the interests of children. We value and respect the unique knowledge and contribution of whanau in the decision making around the children’s care and education, learning and development.
  • Our staff work together collaboratively as a team. We celebrate each other’s differences and contributions through open communication. We support each other and respect each other. Our qualified teaching team is committed to ongoing professional development.
  • We encourage children’s sense of belonging with increasing knowledge of their community and the world around them.
  • We recognise our unique bicultural heritage is founded in the Treaty of Waitangi and that the children have right to experience the languages, music, art and stories of the cultures of Aotearoa. We welcome, value and respect the diversity regardless of ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic status or gender differences

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