Early Learning Centre Aranui
Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
284 Breezes Rd,
Mobile: 027 550 8400
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/elc-aranui
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Erna Delaney
Head Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Linda Manson
Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Pip Cooper
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Naoko Charlton
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Beth French
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Paula Hannibal
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning

Our Education Service Manager, or ESM, is an important member of our teaching team.  Based at Kidsfirst Head Office, she is on site regularly to observe our programme, give us feedback and professional support, and encourage us toward continuous educational improvement. Please feel free to talk with her about your child’s kindergarten/centre experience..


Our ESM is Keryn Barlow


Our Hours Are...

Session Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Full-day 8:00-16:00 8:00-16:00 8:00-16:00 8:00-16:00 8:00-16:00
Morning 8:00-12:30 8:00-12:30 8:00-12:30 8:00-12:30 8:00-12:30
Afternoon 12:30-16:00 12:30-16:00 12:30-16:00 12:30-16:00 12:30-16:00

We are able to talk to parents and caregivers most of the time, so please make an appointment if you'd like to do this. EMAIL US HERE



Our Session Times

We offer a full day session from 8:00am - 4:00pm Monday to Friday. In addition, we also offer a morning only session from 8:00am - 12.30am Monday to Friday and an afternoon only session from 12.30pm - 4:00pm Monday to Friday. A minimum of three hours applies per half session. Six hours is equal to a full day and this period can be chosen by parents. Further restrictions may apply to your desired session times, so please talk to one of our teachers.


We're open during term breaks!

Your child can come to us from the beginning of the year, right through to before Christmas.


And don't forget, we take children from 2 years to school age FREE for up to six hours a day, that's 30 hours per week.




You can read more here about what's been happening in our archive of stories about Kidsfirst Kindergartens, the fun we have, the processes and learning outcomes that result and why we're such a great start for your child.



We have off street parking available for Centre families. Remember we do have people who need to use the disabled parking space so please keep this space free.


Our Routines

Our days follow a regular routine, with time set aside for a number of activities. Detailed below are examples of the key focus times. For more information about the daily routine and policies, please see our notice boards at the Centre or contact one of our teachers.


Mat/Group Time

Mat times are an important part of the programme where we share stories and sing songs. This helps children to develop their concentration skills and learn to express themselves in a large group.


Kai Time

Teachers sit with children to encourage healthy eating and conversation, and will support children as they open containers and eat.


Tidy-Up Time

This part of our day is where we encourage children to help put equipment away, wipe tables and generally tidy up.


Parent Library

We have a collection of books, videos and pamphlets on parenting issues as well as children’s growth and development. These are located in the foyer area. Please record any items that you borrow in the notebook.


Lost Property

A lost property box is located outside the front entrance. You can cut down on lost property by naming your child’s belongings.



We celebrate your child’s 5th birthday with a special card and dough cake, which s/he helps to make at preschool.



If your child is in nappies we require you to supply nappies and wet wipes. Bulk supplies can be left at the Centre. We will remind you when they are low. As children transition from nappies to underwear we assist by reminding children to use the toilet regularly throughout the day. Please ensure you supply plenty of spare clothes as accidents are expected during this time. Let us know when this change occurs for your child, so we can be working together to support your child’s independence.



We collect magazines, film canisters, fabric and milk bottle tops. We accept anything except toilet rolls and medicine containers. Natural materials are always in demand, e.g. shells or driftwood, so please keep this in mind on your trips to the beach. We are grateful for your gifts of these items to our programme.


What Food To Bring

Children are required to bring a named lunch box with their food requirements for the time they attend, e.g. morning tea and/or lunch and/or afternoon tea. Food can be heated and formula can be made up. If you provide breast milk it will be warmed in hot water. Other drinks are not required as water/milk/Milo are provided. We are able to assist with breakfast if it is needed. Please talk to a teacher if you require this.


Nut Free Zone

Don’t forget that our Centre is a nut free zone. At the moment foods containing nut products (peanut butter etc) are allowed, but this may change if we have a child with an allergy attending. Parents will be advised if this becomes an issue.


We suggest that a healthy snack may include the following:

  • Sandwich and/or a plain biscuit/cracker
  • Cheese slice 
  • A piece of fruit
  • A muffin/scone/pikelet etc
  • Yoghurt/popcorn
  • Dried fruit 

However, we prefer these are kept as home food:

  • Chocolate coated biscuits
  • Chocolate/sweets
  • Items that resemble lollies, e.g. roll ups, snakes, wiggles, or nuggets etc.
  • Instant noodles
  • Nuts






Yes! We're still operating during the traditional term breaks, so your child can still come to us during this time.


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