About our centres

We offer dynamic teaching and learning environments with competent, confident tamariki, based on Te Whāriki, the New Zealand early childhood curriculum.

The University of Auckland Early Childhood Centres are owned and operated by the University, and are governed by the regulations set by the Ministry of Education and the requirements of the Te Kohanga Reo Trust, with reviews carried out regularly by the Education Review Office.

Each facility has a Centre Leader with responsibility for ensuring consistency in service and the smooth operation of the centre.

The University is an equal opportunities employer committed to employing capable and caring people. Each of our centres has fully qualified educators and, at times, will have staff-in-training who will have professional supervision.

To have dynamic teaching teams working in strong positive learning environments the University has agreed to retain the target of 100% qualified staff and provide teacher-to-child ratios that are higher than the minimum standard set by the Ministry of Education.

Our vision

  • to be recognised nationally and internationally as “Centres of Excellence”, enabling optimum wellbeing and learning for infants, toddlers and young children.

Our mission

  • to establish learning communities that value tamariki as taonga, enabling ALL to achieve their full potential as confident and competent ākonga.

Our values


  • whanaungatanga, protecting mana, social and cultural wellbeing


  • enquiring, creative, passionate, inspirational


  • quality, sustainability, humility

Contact details

If you have any concerns or compliments about the service you or your child receives, you are welcome to contact the Centre Leaders directly or, if you wish, you can contact the Manager for the Early Childhood Centres.

Celeste Harrington (Manager, Early Childhood Centres)

Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext: 89714
Mobile: +64 21 411 525
Email: c.harrington@auckland.ac.nz


Further contact details for each of our Centres are listed on our Centre pages.