Why choose us?

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

  • Passionate educators who bring out the best in each child
  • Extended opening hours great for busy working parents (7.30am to 6pm)
  • Healthy delicious meals provided
  • Stimulating curriculum with lots of fun learning opportunities
  • Nurturing, caring and inclusive
  • We celebrate cultural diversity
  • Strong community focus

Our philosophy

At Lollipops Browns Bay we work to nurture the child’s full potential. We follow Ako principles inspired by the Reggio teaching philosophy which has the natural development of a child as its key pillar. The teacher’s role is to watch and get to know the whole child (Te Ira Tangata), and then prepare the child well for their learning journey. Whanaungatanga (Relationships) and Manaakitanga (Respect) are just some of our key teaching strategies.

Whanaungatanga – the importance of Relationships

At the core of this pedagogy is a commitment by all teachers to building caring teaching and learning relationships. Guided by our curriculum Te Whariki, we work alongside our whānau to support each child and their family by incorporating our centre and family’s beliefs around how children learn most effectively.

Kaitiaakitanga – Guardianship

Our teachers encourage an understanding of kaitiaakitanga and the responsibilities of being a kaitiaki by caring for Papatuanuku (Mother Earth). We spend a lot of time outdoors in our spacious outside area to support the children in being at one with our environment. The child learns about the environment through listening, seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, seeing, and from the heart.


At our centre we assert that teaching and learning be a happy and stimulating experience for tamariki. Aroha is the most essential attribute of effective practices for our kaiako. No matter what the task, no matter how difficult, we do it with love. The role of the teacher is to accept and to love every aspect of the child.

What we value above all else is Manaakitanga

Manaakitanga (Kindness and Respect) oversees all our interactions with tamariki, whānau and the community. Manaakitanga underpins our philosophy and sees that children are cared for with utmost respect. In turn, children learn to care for people, the community, the environment - the world.

Our Children are:

“Competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body, and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society”.

Titiro whakamuri, Hoki Whakamua”

We are the future, the present and the past.


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.