The Lighthouse is an early childhood centre catering for children aged from 6 months to 5 years.  The centre operates out of a building that was originally a church opened in the 70s.  The building is perfect for a preschool with a lovely open airy feel, having a central area with a high studded atrium.   The Lighthouse is situated in a residential area central to Bucklands Beach, Highland Park and Howick.  At our childcare centre we believe in providing an environment that is an extension of the children’s homes and community where they can experience exciting educational opportunities as well as a safe and nurturing setting.

Our Approach

The Lighthouse provides an environment where creative expression and self-help skills are developed in a child-initiated setting supported by educators. We believe that young children learn naturally through play and from each other (tuakana-teina). The Lighthouse encourages socialisation and formation of positive reciprocal relationships between children, educators and parents. Our programme follows Te Whaariki, the National Early Childhood Curriculum.

What sets us apart

  • Low child to teacher ratio.

  • High number of qualified and registered Early Childhood teachers.

  • Homely environment where all the teachers have secure relationships with knowledge of the children.

  • A programme for 4 year olds that extends numeracy and literacy. The programme is positively recognised by local primary schools.

  • A substantial preschool playground designed to encourage exploration and challenges.

  • Separate playground for infants and toddlers; generously sized and a safe environment

  • Assessment and documentation of children’s learning.

  • Close partnerships with parents and whanau.

  • Focus on each child’s development of confidence, socialising, self help skills and language.