Lollipops Ruapehu Drive

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Our Story

Lollipops Ruapehu Drive has been operating since September 2008. Our positive reputation is generated by our families, past and present. Our location if highly valued by our families/whānau who work in the New Zealand Defence Force (Linton Army Camp), Massey University and live in the surrounding areas. We nurture children to be their best, to be respectful,  environmentally attuned, resilient and encourage their bodies to unfold naturally. We  have a strong commitment to supporting families,  building good relationships and the centre has a family orientated vibe to it. We value children’s explorative natures and embrace what the local community has to offer through providing swimming lessons, weekly bush walks, van trips into our community, regular visits to Summerset Retirement Village and Fun Football. Our teaching team are qualified experienced and diverse in skills which contributes to our child-led, natural environment-based learning where children learn through experiences in tune with nature and in partnership with their teachers.  Our building is purpose built for learning in the early years.  We pride ourselves in our well organised and presented facilities. Come check us out!

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  - 7:30am – 6:00pm

Sessional hours 8.45am to 3.15pm

Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday Closed

Ages Catered For:

Infants through to school age

Centre Capacity:

We have three rooms:

Kiwi Room- under two’s

Kakapo Room- 2-3.5 years

Kea Room- 3.5 years to school age

Testimonials

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  • I love how Tracy and Libby are with Ihaia they have so much love for him and are always bubbly.

    Stacey Stevens

  • I love that the staff are always smiling and friendly, even after an inside day.

    Mel Childs

  • Sue, ever since day one you have always been so polite and positive, always sharing how my child has interacted with others what he does on a day to day basis. Every morning and afternoon you are so churpee it’s great.


  • Thanks Peta, to you, Sue, and the staff. You have all been of enormous support to our family, and especially to me during the time Kate was away, of which I can’t thank you enough. Your teaching and culture that you instilled into Grace, and James for the time he spent with you, has been fantastic.  Kate and I couldn’t have asked for a better start to life for Grace which has definitely given her the tools to succeed going forward into school and later.

    We are going to miss the outgoing personalities and those positive smiles we always received from you all when it was time for drop off, especially needed when I’d been up all night with a sick or unsettled child, it just seemed to make mine and Kate’s day.

    Marc and Kate Mackie

  • Lollipops on Ruapehu Drive has provided excellent education and care for both of our daughters since they were seven months old. The educators at Lollipops are lovely, warm and caring who build strong supportive bonds with the children. The kids are always happy, relaxed and confident to approach their teachers with stories, questions or just for a cuddle. Our eldest daughter has now moved on to school and Lollipops has provided her with such good preparation that the transition has been seamless. Our youngest daughter loves it so much there that it often takes a good half an hour just to convince her to leave at the end of the day.

    Nappies and nutritious food provided throughout the day is great. Lollipops also take the time to investigate and implement extracurricular activities for the kids such as swimming lessons, bush walks, football lessons, and trips out of town such as to the Wellington Zoo. Nothing is ever too much trouble and the teachers are always available to talk about the kids’ day. They also make good use of Storypark, an online journal of our child’s activities which is lovely to see pop up at work.

    We would happily recommend Lollipops on Ruapehu Drive to any parent and will be sad to leave this community when both our daughters are at school.

    Niki Murray