We have two children at Lollipops and are very happy with the care they receive. The staff are very friendly, approachable and have built a strong rapport with the kids. As a parent it has been great to use the staff as a sounding board for behaviors at home and options to ensure continuity between home and Lollipops.

The facilities are reasonably new and well looked after, don’t be fooled by thinking the outdoor area is small, our kids are often out for bush walks or visits further afield. They also support football and swimming activities for the kids inside centre hours on a term by term basis for an additional fee.

As a family with two full time working parents the fact that nappies and freshly cooked meals are provided makes all the difference when getting ready in the morning. The opening hours give us the flexibility to manage the fluctuating hours associated with Army life. We have been very happy with the quality and value provided in regards to this.

Thank you to the staff of Lollipops for such a great service, we both regularly recommend Lollipops to friends who are looking at childcare options

Hunter & Micaela
Lollipops Ruapehu Drive

I looked at a variety of daycares but never got the feeling I was looking for as I walked into the centre and nursery room. When I walked into Lollipops Orewa I just knew it was the right place. I felt like I could trust the teachers to treat Oscar like their own, they truly care about everyone there. The environment is inviting and calm, full of quality resources, and they regularly change the environment to keep children curious about exploring the room. Every request I have made,  they have done willing and happily. Every morning when I drop Oscar off and pick him up I feel welcomed. I love knowing he will have a great day and his needs are met when I walk out the door. 

Gareth Owston-Doyle

I would like to thank all the teachers in the Preschool Room at Lollipops Swanson. My daughter Rishika had been struggling to communicate her needs and wants appropriately due to her delayed language, but since her move into the Preschool Room, she has taken huge steps and is talking more. She can now communicate her needs and wants, and she has made new friends which has boosted her confidence.

She loves Lollipops Swanson and the teachers who care for her, and ever y day we can see a difference in her.  Teachers have such a big influence  on children, they can really make or break their future.

We appreciate how you helped fill out multiple forms for her medical diagnosis. You never gave up on her and encouraged her in every step. Your positive and creative feedback has helped us so much.

You are always there to greet us when we arrive and always available for a quick chat at the end of the day to get Rishika’s daily review. This gives us confidence that our daughter is safe and in an awesome learning environment. Thank you for having such a positive hand in Rishika’s journey.

Jay, Ranjeeta, Jayshal, Rishika Singh

My son Lazarus has been attending Lollipops Swanson for over two years now and I’ve seen how much he has grown in that time. Being at Lollipops Swanson has been a joy for Lazarus. Every time we drop him off in the mornings, the staff and teachers are always lovely, smiling and greeting him like he is the only child in the room. I also notice the children’s activities in the Preschool Room are all laid out on the table ready for their day and also their morning tea. It gives me comfort as a parent that he will be well looked after for the day.

When we pick him up after school, we sometimes receive a report on how his day went. It’s good to know how he is doing so that we can praise his efforts if he was good, or we can have a talk to him about his behaviour if otherwise.

We love receiving updates of his progress on StoryPark and we also enjoy the newsletters and extra family activities held outside of school hours, such as soup day.

Thank you staff at Lollipops for all that you continue to do to help our son progress. Lazarus is ready for big school now!

Ricky and Melanie Sione

Thank you to the Lollipops Swanson staff for your hard work and kindness. You have given my daughter Yaya a great experience.

We chose Lollipops Swanson because of the kind and caring teachers. Children are happy, healthy and thrive in this positive atmosphere. We also liked the bright, clean and hygienic rooms. Lollipops Swanson met our expectations perfectly.

Yaya has been in the Preschool Room for over a year. We are so grateful to all the teachers for their patience and quality care. Every weekend she tells me she can’t wait to go back to Lollipops on Monday because she misses her teachers and friends! The Preschool does not just provide day care, they also provide a great education. Yaya learns so much every day. Her personality, language and creative thinking abilities have developed faster and more positively than I had expected.

Lollipops Swanson is the best day care centre we know. All the staff have played an active and positive role to prepare Yaya to start the next stage of her life smoothly. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Winnie and Louie

It’s been a pleasure to be part of Lollipops Swanson. Shreytik has been well looked after there. He started in the Toddlers Room and transitioned into the Preschool Room and has enjoyed  every moment of his time at the centre. Shreytik really loves spending his time playing with his friends. At the end of each day he tells us about the exciting events he has been involved in at the centre.

The teachers have been really caring and wonderful. Shreytik even knows all of them by name which shows the bond and close relationship they have. Overall, we are very happy with the atmosphere at the centre. We also quite like the fee structure and flexibility of having a 9:00 am to 3:00 pm schedule. So, thank you for that.

Roja, Luta and family

Just wanted to send an email saying how pleased I am with a particular staff member, so that her value is recognised.

We are new to Lollipops. Since my preschooler has moved there, Nikita has done her best to help settle her and make her feel comfortable. Nikita also takes the time to check in with me (mum) often; I trust her to listen to my concerns, relay information to me accurately, and make me feel welcome as a new member to the centre.

You are blessed to have such a warm and diligent staff member.

Thank you from our whole family.

Ona Smalenskas

My son Gao is always happy to go to Lollipops Hastings. He speaks Thai at home so it is good he gets lots of English when he goes to the centre. All of the teachers are very friendly - I would recommend Lollipops Hastings to all families.


I have been lucky enough to have my daughter enrolled at Lollipops, Birkenhead. I personally work in the field of education, so was very particular about what type of care I wanted for my daughter. After being on the hunt for several months I was extremely reluctant to view any large chain centres. However, was happily surprised when I went to visit Lollipops. The moment I walked in I felt comfortable, welcomed and all my questions were confidently answered by both the centre manager and the teachers.

Diversity in the staffing is something that I value. The staff represents the diversity that we have here in Aotearoa. Languages, cultural values and cultures are valued and celebrated in an authentic way. From teachers and children speaking their Mother tongue daily, right though to cultural celebrations celebrated at the centre. The teachers all bring different strengths but have one thing in common, this being, the way they care for the children. There is a warmth when you see the teachers interacting with the children and this is to be commended. Teachers build wonderful relationships with the children and really get to know the children. Teachers make a huge effort to get to know my whānau and what makes my daughter happy.

Relationships between teachers, children and families are clearly a priority for this centre. The learning journey of our daughter is celebrated in many ways. We get regular updates – face to face at drop offs and pick ups about the small successes she has each day. Then there are the amazing learning stories that we receive via Story Park. This is an marvelous platform for teachers to share the learning our daughter is doing that we can share with our wider whānau. The stories are personalised and heartfelt and make connections with The Te Whāriki, which I enjoy reading and sharing with my daughter. She loves hearing what the teachers say about her learning and enjoys talking through the pictures with me. She is proud to hear how successful she is being there and loves to share this with her grandparents also.

Sunita (centre manager) is worth her weight on gold. My daughter adores her and always looks forward to seeing her in the morning each day. Sunita answers any questions we have promptly and is easy to get ahold of. She has built a wonderful environment which is reassuring and the centre is always clean, and well resourced. The staff seem happy, happy staff = happy kids. I personally believe that a centre is only as good as the teachers in it and I think the teachers at this centre are student focused. I recommend this centre to everyone and feel extremely blessed to have such remarkable
teachers involved in my daughters learning journey and look forward for my son to start there also.

Casey Simson

We appreciate the friendly staff and the vast amount of activity Peyton has access to which stimulates her. She loves painting and the outdoor play space.

Wayne and Salllyanne