Located at 406 - 412 Queen Street East, Hastings’ Lollipops Educare centre supports each child’s desire and ability to succeed today, tomorrow, and in the future. Purpose built in Hastings’ CBD, the centre offers a warm, welcoming environment where children become competent and confident learners.
Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers AreasOur centre has been designed to meet the specific needs of children’s various developmental stages. As children grow, they can be safely and slowly transitioned without feeling overwhelmed. Each learning environment is designed for a small group size of between 12 and 16 children with between 2 and 4 teachers per group.
HoursThe centre operates between 7.30am and 5.30pm each week day. We are closed only on public and statutory holidays.
Getting to know each otherAt Lollipops Educare Hastings, we believe in and promote open communication between children, teachers, parents, whanau and the community. We have an open door policy and encourage parents/caregivers to spend time at the centre getting to know our educators and the routines that we incorporate into our programme, but for any new enquires it is advisable to make an appointment so that time can be spent with you showing you around our centre.
Outdoor PlayOur outdoor play areas have been designed so that children of varying ages and developmental stages have safe, fun, and empowering activities that inspire learning, develop gross motor skills and encourage social play.
Excursions are a big part of our learning program. Children enjoy seeing the sights and sounds of the local community as we visit the library, schools, and parks.
Nutritious MealsWe have a four-week menu cycle and are happy to accommodate the needs of children with special diets or allergies. Fresh fruit and vegetables are provided with every meal. Our in-house cooks provides nutritionally balanced morning and afternoon teas and lunches that are always popular with the children. Examples of lunches include; roast chicken and vegetables, lasagna, macaroni cheese and shepherd’s pie.
Toddlers and preschoolers love to be involved with baking activities and delight in eating a yummy muffin or cake that they have made themselves.
StaffOur centre is committed to employing the best possible educators for your children. We currently employ 10 qualified teachers with a further 10 in training. Staff are supported with ongoing training and regular opportunities to attend professional development courses and in-house training.