Why choose us?

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

  • Extended opening hours (7.30am to 6pm) great for working parents
  • Homely and supportive environment
  • Enthusiastic, caring teachers
  • We welcome and encourage family/whanau involvement
  • Regular celebrations including Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Chinese New Year, International Child’s Day, and Matariki
  • Multicultural inclusive environment
  • Online tool ‘StoryPark’ enables parents, whanau and staff to work together to support development and learning for each child
  • Children have the chance to increase their knowledge and understanding of Maori language, culture and practices
  • Five purpose built rooms to cater for every developmental stage in the early years
  • Playball included for 3 to 6yrs 
  • Sunscreen included 
  • Shared family centre library 
  • Onsite Plunket service (see news article) 

Our philosophy


Through respectful and reciprocal relationships between teachers, children and whānau, we gain a strong sense of community where we can accept, support and empower each other within the community.


Our welcoming and safe environment is divided into five rooms which are Reggio Emilia inspired. By using our environment as the third teacher, each child’s individual developmental needs are planned for and met through play, exploration and discovery.


Children learn through play and play to learn through exploration, investigation and curiosity which enables them to be life-long learners.

Holistic Development:

We believe consistent and intentional teaching influences the physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual and social growth of each child empowering them to be confident and capable learners.

Cultural Heritage:

We strive to make tikanga visible in our environment and practice through us respecting the principles of Tiriti o Waitangi and using our funds of knowledge to deepen our understating of the diversity of cultures within our centre.

About Evolve

Evolve Education Group is a leader in early childhood education, with over 120 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.