Why choose us?

There are a host of reasons why families choose Lollipops Aubrey Street. Here are just a few of them: 

  • Strong commitment to Te Ao Māori 
  • Highly experienced and skilled Kaiako who have had over 10 years of ECE experience 
  • Large, natural outdoor environment, including covered and shaded areas 
  • Tamariki and whanau are at the heart of all we do 
  • Seasonally-inspired kai prepared daily by our wonderful onsite cook 
  • Strong community focus 
  • Kapa haka and yoga during term time 
  • Kaiako implement a local curriculum with a child led focus

Our Philosophy

Here at Lollipops Aubrey Street relationships between our tamariki, whānau, ourselves and our community are based on mutual respect and highly valued. We express manaakitanga through supporting each other to be the best we can be as we learn alongside each other.

Whanaungatanga is expressed through the knowledge of knowing that we are not alone - tamariki, whānau and Kaiako support, assist and guide each other when needed.

We care for our tamariki and each other and our willingness to work together to support our tamariki to learn and fly is highly valued and is expressed through the following whakatuaki.

'Me ka moemoeā au, ko au anake;
Me ka moemoeā tātou, ka taea e tātou.'

If I were to dream alone, only I would benefit; if we were to dream together, we could achieve anything.


Our hopes and dreams are to support our tamariki to grow into confident and competent young learners who are sure in their identity and can apply the skills and dispositions that they learn here at Lollipops Aubrey St throughout all areas of their lives. It is through the following philosophy that we collectively express our ideas to support this journey for our children.


Lollipops Aubrey Street local curriculum

Respect: Whakaute. NELP 5.3

Everyone who enters into our Lollipops Aubrey St Whānau, tamariki, whānau, kaiako, and manuhiri experiences respect and their individual diversity is valued. Each one knowing that they have a place here, they are accepted for who they are and that they can make a difference.

Responsibility: Kawenga.

Tamariki and kaiako develop a sense of responsibility for self, for the needs and wellbeing of the group, for people, he tangata and responsibility for taking care of the natural and living world around them.

Relationships: Whakawhanaungatanga. NELP 2.1, 4.2

We recognise that the success of our learning community here at Lollipops Aubrey Street relies on responsive, respectful and reciprocal relationships between kaiako, tamariki, whānau and the wider community; and kaiako are committed to engaging in and modelling positive and productive partnerships.

Taking care of others: Manaakitanga. NELP 1.1, 3.2

Tamariki and adults will develop the skills and dispositions and actions to take care of others in a holistic, social, emotional, spiritual and physical way. We understand this supports, tamariki, whãnau, kaiako, manuhiri, and visitors to feel that they are not only respected here at Lollipops Aubrey Street but made to feel at home, nurtured and empowered to grow in a loving and caring environment.

Confidence: Maia. NELP 2.3, 4.1

Tamariki become competent and confident learners through actively exploring and engaging within their environment. Their holistic development is strengthened through their interests, inquiry, curiosity, taking risks and making their own choices and decisions, to help them make sense of their world around them.

Language, Culture and Identity:  Mana Reo me te Whakapapa. NELP 1.3

We value our tamariki here at Lollipops Aubrey Street. It is important to us that, children will grow up strong in their identity, language and culture. We will work collaboratively with whānau to support their values and aspirations for their tamariki. The unique place of Māori as Tangata Whenua along with an understanding of the cultural heritage of both parties of Treaty of Waitangi are valued. Māori ākonga will experience success as Māori.

About Evolve

Evolve Education Group is a leader in early childhood education, with over 100 centres across New Zealand offering a range of top quality learning options for all of our families.

Our highly regarded brands – which include Active Explorers, Lollipops, Pascals, Learning Adventures, Little Wonders, Little Lights and Little Earth Montessori – nurture children to love learning and become the best they can be. Rich and diverse educational opportunities are delivered by passionate, experienced educators in purpose designed centres equipped with the latest learning resources.

Evolve Education Group is helping shape the future, preparing little minds for great things in today’s ever changing world.