What parents say about us
Vrajesh returned from his India trip in Feb-end and after being at home with mum for some time, we are keen to re-enrol him at Waiwhetu Lollipops again as he misses the teachers and children there.
I first visited Lollipops St Lukes in the early stages of my pregnancy in 2011 to see what it was like before enrolling my child.
I was welcomed into a warm, friendly and bright centre. The baby room was clean and warm and every person in the room was engaged with a child.
As a nervous first-time parent this put me at ease straight away.
I enrolled my son and he has attended full-time since the age of 11 months
In every stage of his learning journey he has been lucky enough to have excellent teachers. I can say this honestly and without exception. In a few months, he leaves for Primary school and we are confident he will be very school ready. The support I have received from the teachers has also been very meaningful and I have formed some great friendships within the centre.
My baby daughter also now attends the centre and has settled well. The Centre Director Catherine, and my daughters’ teachers in the Pariko Room have been very accommodating to us and welcome my lunchtime visits to breastfeed my baby. They even provided a chair for me to feed her in the nursery for morning drop off 😊
The centre encourages a feeling of belonging and the atmosphere is relaxed and intellectually stimulating for the children. The teachers are kind and loving.
The staff know my children well and speak freely and honestly if there are any issues or concerns and I know I can do the same.
I will be very sad to leave Lollipops Educare St Luke’s when the day comes. They are a huge part of our daily lives as both my husband and I work full-time.
I would recommend the centre to anyone who is considering placing their child in day-care.
My husband and I have been very happy with the standards of care and have never had any concerns about leaving our son (&daughter downstairs) in their capable hands. Both teams go the extra mile and look to actively engage the children on many levels, for example the Xmas fashion shows, gardening, waterplay. Our son has thrived under the care of Sunita's team and through their commitment to learning he has developed more rounded interests ie drawing and writing not just cars and activity. Similarly our daughter is happy under Janelle and her teams care and love, and has honestly never fretted at being left in the loving embrace. There is evidence all around that the centre's child-centric approach is more than a value written on paper.
Teachers - The teachers are excellent and have been very supportive of us as parents, discussing any concerns we may have and more than willing to address areas we have raised as important to us. The use of both story park and written communications help us feel engaged and a part of our children's day and learning. The staff: child ratios are excellent and as mentioned previously there is a real feeling of affinity and connection between the children and the teachers.
Sunita and George. George is the friendly face who greets us and takes an interest in our family. He has dealt with any queries or changes efficiently and has been very accommodating of schedule changes. He runs a clean, well maintained, friendly warm centre which is a home away from home for our children. Sunita likewise is a happy bubbly presence in the centre who seems to get the best out of both her colleagues and the children, if the plays and mothers day events are examples. Sunita is knowledgeable and experienced which shows in the regular changes in the activities and experiences available to the children. Janelle is equally skilled and loving.
Thanks for being our "day parents" and for taking such excellent care of our babies.
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.
Lachie has absolutely loved his 2 years at preschool – we can’t quite believe we wont be seeing you all each day. We thank you for the positive impact you have all had on Lachie during his preschool years and setting him up socially, mentally and emotionally for his next step into school.
We will miss you – thank you again for everything
To all the teachers- A quick note to say Thank you for everything you have done for Roman over the last couple of years. Roman is going to miss the centre very much! I cannot thank you enough for what an amazing centre Roman has been blessed to be a part of. You are all always so friendly, approachable and caring to all the kids. I have always felt safe leaving Roman in your care. Thank you once again for the important role you played in my little learner and the boy he is!
Your induction into the centre and settling procedures have really helped, I feel I can totally trust that my baby will be cared for and happy after spending the past two weeks in the Centre doing settling visits. I never thought they would be so happy. I feel that you understand
My daughter Hazel loves the teachers and environment at Lollipops Aubrey Street. She feels comfortable and there are so many opportunities for her to learn.
Thank you for everything you as teachers have done for Maiah during her time at your centre. She had so much fun and has gone off to school thriving. Kerin
I tell everyone about how wonderful your centre is – I feel Jackson is so safe here and always happy when I collect him
As parents it is impossible for us to stop worrying about our child. But at the back of our minds we are at peace because we know C is in the good hands of teachers like you. We appreciate your time, your patience and all your hard work. Thank you for the cuddles. Thank you for understanding his body language. Thank you for the kisses that wiped away his tears. Thank you for making a difference in his life. Thank you for being there.
Pol & Amor