Early Learning Centre
Meet the Team
Kathleen, Gosia and Christine
Side by Side
Being in the same building means we are a close knit team, and we make the most of opportunities to do things together.
Babies can start from as early as 6 weeks old. This means that you and your baby can continue to flourish and grow together while you complete your education.
At Eden Campus we believe that things that could be seen as stumbling blocks, can be turned into stepping stones
Frequently asked questions
How much does it cost?
There will be some small costs for some students during the year. These might include:
* Lunch (Mon-Thurs): $8 per week
* Additional charges for activities and end of year expenses (some of which are optional)
We can provide information about accessing financial support from youth providers via WINZ. You may also be entitled to a travel allowance.
Can I see my baby during the day?
You will be called downstairs when needed, such as for breastfeeding, or if our teachers have any questions or concerns with your child. You are also welcome to visit during your lunchtime and morning/afternoon breaks.
We find that this close connection also helps children transition into the centre.
How do I get started?
The best way to find out more is to come for a visit and meet our teams upstairs and downstairs.
How can I get there every day?
We are part of Auckland Girls’ Grammar, but we are in a different location.
Do I have to bring food for me and my baby?
For our student parents upstairs, you will pay $8 per week for lunches Monday to Thursday. On Fridays, you will bring your own lunch or go to local shops.
We provide weetbix for students’ breakfast every day which is funded by the Kick Start programme.
What will my child be doing during the day?
In our Centre, we provide a stimulating environment (both indoors and outdoors) where children are encouraged to learn and explore at their own pace. We respond to their play and their interests, and look to provide opportunities for uninterrupted learning.
We follow the Te Whariki early childhood curriculum and have environments set up according to different age groups. Because most children are under 3, the main structure comes from mealtimes. The rest of the day we try to let the children set the flow and pace.
We also take the children on outings. Especially on Fridays in summer, we will do short outings (sometimes with mums and children together) to a park for a play and an ice cream, or to a local splashpad. We also have outings to pools, the museum or to a marae every few weeks.
We also create opportunities to welcome wider family and friends to our school - such as Matariki, Cafe day, Mothers’ day and our Christmas party.
How many teachers are there for the children?
Downstairs with our children, we have a wonderful group of full-time teachers - Kathleen Ruston, Gosia Gryniewicz and Christine Fourie. Di Cameron is our support teacher and creates the delicious meals for our children.
Will the teachers in the early learning centre do what I ask? Or will they do what they think is best?
We do our best to follow your routines from home. However, we are bound by MOE regulations, and health and safety laws, and this means that there are some things we may have to do differently - but we will discuss these with you as they arise.