Children learn a lot by getting out into the local community, and today a visit to the Albany Fire Station gave Lollipops Albany's Chicks Room plenty to reflect on.
Remember the good old days, when kids were kids? When adventures with friends were more compelling than screens, and the great outdoors promised excitement and wonder?
Lollipops early childhood centres embrace the spirit of freedom that every Kiwi kid has the right to feel. The joy of exploration, the delight of a new discovery. Our children build independence and self-empowerment, they learn about sustainability and the environment, and they cultivate respect – and love - for the wonderful world around them.
A home away from home for families seeking that idyllic start, Lollipops offers the highest quality care in a safe and nurturing environment. Our teachers are at the top of their field, with the skills and dedication to bring out the best in each and every child.
Set your little one up for a bright future. Visit a Lollipops centre near you today.
Hear from other parents
In the short amount of time that Cassidy has been at Lollipops her growth and development has been incredible. Her fine motor skills have developed and can now identify and write the letters of her name! Cassidy is building relationships with the teachers and students and feels a sense of belonging, as do I. I enjoy catching up with the teachers on pick up and drop off to see what Cassidy has been learning through the day. I also love the updates during the day through Storypark. Even though Cassidy is only 3 I feel like she is well on her way to an excellent start to her education. The teachers also extend on what we are learning at home, whether it's te reo maori or reading they get involved and we work together. I love the Lollipops whanau. Keep up the great work team.
Lollipops Aubrey Street has enabled my children to flourish by encouraging them, respecting them as individuals and building exceptional relationships with them. I know from the feedback and insights I get from the Kaiako that my children are nurtured here and their achievements noticed. I feel like the centre is an extension of my family, a relationship I will miss when my youngest moves on to school. It's always a welcoming and fun place to come as a parent, and to me this means it's a great place to come for my children.
13 years ago, I had to go through the terrifying decision of where to take my son for day care so that I was able to return to work. I found Lollipops Greenlane after looking at many different centres. I walked in their door with my son and have never wanted to leave. I have sent all 3 of my children to Lollipops over the last 13 years because of the friendly, caring, dedicated, special staff who have looked after and loved my children. They constantly look at ways to enhance our children's learning - they now use Storypark which gives us parents the chance to share home with the teachers and the teachers get to share the day with me that they spend with my child. My kids and I have loved every teacher and every minute that we have spent with them.
Lollipops Greenlane is one of the best decisions I have made. To call this place a day care would not be fair. This is my daughter’s second home basically. She loves it. The curriculum doesn’t JUST include playing outdoors on the swings, but it actually includes exciting activities. From painting to making mosaics and from play dough to baking cakes. All the teachers are amazing. They understand how hard it is for families to leave the kids at the centre and they look after the kids as their own. WE ARE ALL ONE BIG FAMILY….
Ash - Zara’s Mum
To all amazing teachers at Lollipops- I would like to thank you all for looking after Natalya since she was 7 months old. You guys did such a great job guiding and teaching her over the years. She achieved a lot already and started school this week and I truly believe that you helped her build confidence and passion for learning and people and life. I could not imagine her spending the last four years in another place. This centre is by far one of the best ones. Thank you once again
I have watched my three boys (1, 2 and 4) grow and thrive since moving them to Lollipops Papamoa 18 months ago. The teachers go above and beyond; they are attentive, caring and always communicate to ensure my children’s’ individual needs are met. The teachers at Lollipops have become a second family for us – I cannot recommend them highly enough. Thanks, Lollipops!
Lollipops is an inviting and inclusive community of teachers, children and whanau, where all children are valued as individuals and treated as such. We have loved the strong home/school connection where the teachers have worked with us to provide consistent care and gone above and beyond with creative solutions to meet the needs and goals of our son.
Amanda de Ruyter
Thank you Lollipops, Korbin was very shy and use to take a while to start new ventures, since starting with Pukekohe lollipops Korbin's confidence has grown so much. Korbin loves to learn and create, and was given the opportunity to do both at your centre. Thank you all for loving our son, and supporting him with his development. Korbin is loving school and I believe this has a lot to do with the preschool work the Tui class provides. I'm glad that Ella will have the same opportunity
Thank you Ladies xx
I love sending my son to Lollipops, the teachers are so lovely and have made my son feel very comfortable and have helped settle into day care extremely well. Lovely staff, supportive and positive learning environment and great facility – what more could a parent ask for
The teachers are so friendly and caring. They treat our babies and us parents like we are family. The amount of love and affection they show towards the children is amazing. The progress I have seen my child develop from day 1 is fantastic and just gets better each time. The promotion of healthy food eating, the culture days and event celebration is awesome with all the interaction they have with the children. I trust the staff with my child and already see the growth and development. It's very rewarding to watch.
18 months old daughter loves Lollipops. How do I know? Because she is smiling when the lift opens in the morning, because she waves and smiles to everybody we meet in the hall, because she gives high fives, because she hugs her teacher, because I see joy on her face when I arrive in the afternoon. That is why I love Lollipops, too.
We are from Brazil and we have been in New Zealand for a year. When our daughter started at Lollipops Takapuna, she could not speak any English. Lollipops Takapuna has teachers who are able to speak Portuguese, and our daughter received a lot of support, feeling safe and confident to be able to start a phase of big changes. The support that was provided to our daughter went beyond speaking her home language. We truly experienced care, attention to small details and a lot of dedication from the Lollipops team. Currently, after one year, our daughter is fluent in English, has made best friends at Lollipops, and also, we can see she is very confident to go to primary school. We want to say a very heartfelt thank you to Lollipops. We cannot find the words to thank you enough. You are part of our family!