The Centre

You will find as on the North Shore at 78 Apollo Drive, Rosedale, Auckland 0632.  We are open 7am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday. 


Our fee schedule is included in our enrolment pack which is available at the centre and also online.  All childcare fees must be paid one week in advance and are to be paid weekly by AP or direct credit or bank debit. We do not provide eftpos or banking facilities at the Centre.  A registration fee of $50.00 is due when enrolment is confirmed. 


All children are allocated 2 weeks holiday per year, after 3 months from starting.  And an addition 2 weeks is available during the Christmas break. This allocation must be taken in week blocks and can be used for sickness and/or holidays.  Parents have to provide a written request to receive the allocation.  Holidays cannot be paid out or used in lieu of payment.  If your child is away over and above the allocation the full fee will be charged to hold their place at the centre. The allocation runs from 1 January to 31 December of the same year.  Unused weeks are not able to be carried over to the following year.

Statutory Holidays and Christmas Break+

We close for statutory holidays. Normal fees apply.

The centre is open 52 week of the year. Parents are able to take a 2 week holiday at Christmas (Monday 28th December 2020 to Friday, 1st January 2021 and Monday 4th January to Friday 8th January) if their child does not attend.  Families will be advised on a yearly basis to confirm holiday dates.  

Teacher to Child Ratios+

We maintain quality ratios.

Pipi Room, 1:4 for infants; Kina Room, 1:5 for toddlers and Wahanui Room, 1:8 for preschool children.

The Centre has three classrooms+

Pipi Room.  Our nurturing nursery.

We believe that to understand and know the child there must be consistency of care.  Therefore, we practice whānau care.  This is when one teacher will take the lead role in caring for the child during the day, with the other teachers working in a support role.  This approach is based on a stance of utmost respect for the child. 

With the comfort of knowing that a familiar adult is close by we have created a peaceful environment which allows children to discover as much as possible on their own. 

Kina Room.  Our adventurous toddlers.

We have outstanding teacher to child ratios in this room.  1 teacher to 5 children when the Ministry of Education state a 1/10 ratio.  We recognise that this age group display a range of emotions – such as happiness, sadness, anger and fear and the best care and education this age group can receive is caring knowledgeable adults to support there emotional and social development.

To support our toddlers to grow self-regulation skills we also have a lot of space in the room for them to move and multiplies of the same toys (sharing will be learnt) so everyone can play.

Wahanui Room.  Our big preschoolers.

Children are now provided with age specific activities that are designed around developmental stages. The program supports independence, group and individual learning experiences. A range of indoor and outdoor activities and resources are available throughout the day.  We have a strong focus on assisting children in discovering who they are, so they can express their own opinions and nurture their own ideas. 


We have received a GOLD Healthy Heart Award from the Heart Foundation for the amazing things we do to promote healthy food and physical activity.

Our aim is to encourage healthy eating habits. Cooked by our in-house cook we provide morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack. The current menu is displayed on the Parents Notice board and is on a 4 weekly rotation.

With assistance from teachers children are taught to self-serve their food and use real crockery, glassware and utensils. We are helping our children to develop healthy habits and healthy hearts for life.

Allergies, Food Intolerance and Special Dietary Requirements

This is a shared responsibility of the child’s family and the centre. It is recorded on the child’s enrolment form and in our computer software package.  Our chef and your child’s teachers are well informed of your child’s requirements while at the centre.

Please let your child’s teacher know if you send food in with your child.  No chewing gum, lollies or food that contains peanuts are permitted into the centre.  We are a NO NUT Centre.

Preschool Healthy Lunch Box Day+

The last Wednesday of every month the Preschool room do a lunch box day.  This is to help prepare children and parents for school.  Please name your child’s lunch box and ensure that it is a healthy lunch box which includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. The lunchbox should be left in your child’s bag; just as it would be at school.  Upcoming lunchbox day will be recorded in the classroom and online though Educa calendar.

Nappies and Toilet Learning+

To help our busy parents all disposable nappies are provided for children in the centre.   If you wish to provide your own nappies please let the centre know.

As your child starts the journey from nappies to underpants, please don’t worry. We are here to support your child - it is all a learning process.  

Centre Security+

Natural Steps security consists of automatic sliding entrance doors, cameras in operation 24/7 and a monitored alarm system.  The automatic sliding entrance doors remain locked at all times and can only be accessed via the use of a code, or a member of staff allowing you access.      

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Enrol today

We would love to have you and your child as part of the family.  Enrol with us today and start your child's Natural steps into early childhood education.