About

Why choose us?

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

  • Amazing beachfront location
  • Ideally located for those travelling into Wellington and across Lower Hutt Valley
  • Excellent teacher to child ratios
  • Large landscaped outdoor environment
  • Healthy Heart meals provided by centre cook daily
  • Part of Enviroschools Programme, supporting learning around sustainability -  gardens, recycling, composting, Te tiriti o Waitangi  and Te Ao Maori principles
  • Convenient onsite parking for ease of drop off and pick up
  • Open door policy supporting parent and whanau involvement
  • Opportunities for parents, whanau and caregivers to meet during whanau events and evenings
  • Multicultural

Our Philosophy

Lollipops Petone children are identifiable for their resilient, confident, exploratory nature, and intellectual curiosity.  This is achieved through natural environment-based learning and uniquely New Zealand environments where children learn through Ako principles, in tune with nature and in partnership with their peers and teachers.

We believe strongly in fostering relationships between parents and whānau, working collaboratively to support their aspirations and values.  We celebrate the diversity of every culture within our centre and embrace the unique place of Māori as Tangata Whenua.  

Our spaces reflect children as being confident and capable, fostering independence, self-help skills and social competence.  We believe that learning the skills to interact and work cooperatively with others is one of the most important skills children can develop. Children are not unnecessarily interrupted, with all meal and rest times individualised and flexible.  The importance is on exploration through play and children developing the skills to identify and meet their needs for themselves.  Our programmes recognise and celebrate children’s interests and skills and learning is child led. It is based on reflective teachers who listen to and observe children, involving parents and whānau as we work in partnership to assess and evaluate teaching and learning.   

Children are empowered to lead their play and learn alongside teachers who support and provoke thinking and learning.   Rituals are incorporated into care moments to provide meaningful and personal care and learning. 

We believe that beauty and purpose within the environment promotes curiosity and exploration and respect and care is taken. 

We believe that the outdoor environment is pivotal to children’s learning, play, health and wellbeing and children have access to outdoor play in all weathers.  For the Tui and Kakapo young children this means the outdoor environment is accessible all day. 

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.