Kia ora!

Kia ora!

I'm Joanne, Centre Manager of Henderson Early Learning Centre. I've been a part of the Barnardos whānau for over 5 years and can't wait to welcome your family into our community.

About this centre

Henderson Early Learning Centre is a safe, vibrant and welcoming space where your child will thrive and develop a lifelong love for learning.

  • We love to get together to move, sing and make noise; dance parties are one of our favourite activities.
  • The little bridge in our native garden is where imaginations go wild, sometimes it leads to Neverland and sometimes it leads to a tropical island full of dinosaurs!
  • Parents and whānau are a vital part of our team, music sessions and shared lunches are just some of the activities our families love to join in on.

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Terms and conditions:

  • Offer is valid for new enrolments 
  • Up to 6 hours per day, must be booked for a minimum of 30 hours.
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0–6 years

Individualised support, guidance and resources

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Flexible hours

Open 7:30am - 5:30pm with part or full day options

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Large outdoors

Safe, vibrant and welcoming space where your child will thrive and develop a lifelong love for learning

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Nutritious meals

Healthy lunch and snacks made fresh every day

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Affordable fees

30 hours no charge. (Ts&Cs apply).

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Expertise and knowledge

Experienced in early childhood for over 50 years

More about us

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Our aim is to create the best conditions for your child's learning, wellbeing and care. We also know how important it is to give you the convenience you need and reassurance that your child is in safe hands. Our central location, loving team and tailored environment are all waiting to be discovered by your whānau.

Full and part day hours, and Storypark - our online parent communication tool, are just some of the ways we try to make things a little easier for parents. Local excursions, delicious meals and fun activities are just the beginning when it comes to being the best we can be for your child. 

Engaging environment

Our happy and nurturing environment will inspire, stimulate and empower your child to learn in their own unique way. The outdoor spaces challenge and excite the imagination, while our spacious and light filled indoor areas offer room for reading, rest, and engaging indoor learning experiences. Our children love painting, waiata and the many  play areas they have to discover.

Connecting with the outdoors

We only know who we are, by knowing where we come from. That's why building a strong connection with nature and our local community is so important. We believe it helps your child develop a sense of belonging and identity and positively influences their learning experiences.

Were located next to Henderson High School and close to the Henderson train station.

We're so lucky to have so many wonderful options on our doorstep here in Henderson. We grow our own vegetable and herbs in our garden and go on community excursions to the local library, park and community events regularly.

Nutrition and wellbeing

We strive to provide nutritious and delicious meals and snacks to support physical and mental development. We encourage healthy eating habits and offer a balanced menu to keep your child well fueled throughout the day. The children also love being involved and we use the vegetables and herbs we grow, in our meals.

Your child will enjoy cooked meals by our centre cook:

  • Morning snack
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon snack

Our centre is nut free and we're happy to cater for any allergy or other dietary requirements as required.

Fees and subsidies

We want to make your child's early learning and care experience as affordable as possible. We are a not for profit organisation, so everything we do goes back into supporting your child, the centre and our community. 

Our fees include:

  • Quality education, care and activities provided by our team of teachers 
  • Healthy morning/afternoon tea, and cooked lunch provided by our centre cook
  • Local outings

Did you know you may eligible for fee and ECE subsidies? Talk to our Centre Manager for further information.


Staff who nurture and inspire

Our qualified and experienced teachers are committed to caring for and nurturing your child. They build a strong connection with each child throughout their early learning journey and go out of their way to ensure every child feels supported and their unique needs are met. 

Our teachers create positive opportunities for your child to develop physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. They help guide your child as they navigate new friendships, master new skills and build independence and resilience to get ready for school and lay the foundations for lifelong learning.

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Learning through play

Our team of teachers are guided by Te Whariki – NZ’s Early Childhood Curriculum. They work closely with your child and respond to their unique curiosities by creating an environment that is reflective of each child's needs.

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Connecting with whānau

Our whole community benefits from families and whanau being involved in our centre and their children's learning. Connecting with you via Storypark and celebrating festivals are just some of the ways we include families and whānau.

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Community Connection

Our kaiako and tamariki go on a range of excursions in our local community. These excursions provide our tamariki with hands on, real world experiences while also extending and enhancing the curriculum.

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Stay in touch with Storypark

We use Storypark to record and communicate learning as it happens via photos, video, audio and observations within a secure online environment. Parents and whānau can receive instant feedback and plan new ways to extend their child’s unique interests and abilities.

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"Loving and caring staff."

Joanna Henderson

"Teachers are very friendly and accommodating. Kids are really nice to our boy. We feel right at home."

Charica Henderson

"Our son loves going to kindy. It’s a welcoming and creative environment. I would recommend to anyone living in West Auckland to enroll their toddler there - thank you."

Troy Henderson
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