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Parents have described Lollipops Birkenhead as a home away from home for their children which is exactly the environment we want for our family's to be part of. From the moment, the children walk over the bridge and into the centre we want them to be excited by what the teachers have placed in the rooms for them to learn from and have fun with.

Many of the teachers at the centre some of which have been with the centre for over 8 years are provisionally or fully registered, our assistant Manager Sunita is over two thirds of her way through her master's degree in early childhood.

We have two outside deck areas, one is a large deck area with a sandpit and two drinking fountains that we put in when we got our healthy heart award for our menu. The other is our garden deck where we teach the children that vegetables don't grow at the supermarket the

ERO Report

The Education Review Office (ERO) is the New Zealand government department that evaluates and reports on the education and care of students in schools and early childhood services. ERO’s reports are used by parents, teachers, early childhood education managers, school principals and trustees, and by government policy makers.

Early childhood services are reviewed on average once every three years. Reviews will be more frequent where the performance of a school or centre is poor and there are risks to the education and safety of the students, or less frequent where a school has a stable reporting history and demonstrates good self-review processes and use of its assessment information.

You can read our centre’s ERO review here.

Centre Information

Centre Hours:

Monday - Friday

Full Days: 7.30 am to 6 pm

Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday Closed

Ages Catered For:

3 months to 5 years.

Centre Capacity:

60 Children in Total Under 2 area 16 Children Over 2 are 44 Children


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  • My husband and I have been very happy with the standards of care and have never had any concerns about leaving our son (&daughter downstairs) in their capable hands. Both teams go the extra mile and look to actively engage the children on many levels, for example the Xmas fashion shows, gardening, waterplay. Our son has thrived under the care of Sunita's team and through their commitment to learning he has developed more rounded interests ie drawing and writing not just cars and activity. Similarly our daughter is happy under Janelle and her teams care and love, and has honestly never fretted at being left in the loving embrace. There is evidence all around that the centre's child-centric approach is more than a value written on paper.

    Teachers - The teachers are excellent and have been very supportive of us as parents, discussing any concerns we may have and more than willing to address areas we have raised as important to us. The use of both story park and written communications help us feel engaged and a part of our children's day and learning. The staff: child ratios are excellent and as mentioned previously there is a real feeling of affinity and connection between the children and the teachers.

    Sunita and George. George is the friendly face who greets us and takes an interest in our family. He has dealt with any queries or changes efficiently and has been very accommodating of schedule changes. He runs a clean, well maintained, friendly warm centre which is a home away from home for our children. Sunita likewise is a happy bubbly presence in the centre who seems to get the best out of both her colleagues and the children, if the plays and mothers day events are examples. Sunita is knowledgeable and experienced which shows in the regular changes in the activities and experiences available to the children. Janelle is equally skilled and loving.

    Thanks for being our "day parents" and for taking such excellent care of our babies.


  • My granddaughter Olivia Malcolm has been attending Lollipops Educare Birkenhead for the last three years.

    During this time, myself and our family have been extremely satisfied with the care and education Olivia has received.

    On a weekly basis I have been at this daycare. Additionally, I have attended many functions.

    At all times I have been very impressed with the educational programmes, particularly evidenced by Olivia's communication, literacy and numeracy skills. Olivia has benefitted from a caring and nurturing environment and particularly enjoys a close ongoing relationship with Sunita. Olivia enjoys and enthusiastically participates in special days and events such as 'Superhero Day', 'Pyjama Day', 'Recycle Fashion Parade' and the Christmas Party. Parents and relatives are always warmly welcomed and personally greeted.

    Olivia is clearly thriving at this establishment and we are thankful for the positive experience our precious one is enjoying.

    I have worked in education from Primary School to Tertiary level over many decades. so feel that I can cast an appraising eye and make sound judgements.

    Sharon Dower