Children's Education Centre | Te Pokapū Tiāki Tamariki

High quality and affordable childcare places available.

MIT's Children's Education Centre is a well-resourced, multicultural community where we practise respect for each child, family and teacher onsite at MIT's Otara campus.

  • Spaces available for children 0-5 years.
  • Meals included and up to 20 hours free per week for 3-5 year olds.
  • We offer a high level of qualified and registered teachers.

We would love to meet you and your child and show you around our wonderful facilities.

Enquire now

For more information please contact Bron Ferencz or phone 09 968 7715.

About our centre

The centre is available for children of students, lecturers and support staff at MIT, as well as children from the community. We provide healthy and nutritious meals, including lunch, morning and afternoon tea and are open during standard work hours.

We encourage our children to be confident and capable learners and have plenty of outdoor space where children can explore, play and discover nature. Learning is based on the national curriculum and complemented with aspects of the Reggio Emilia approach.

To support children's transition to school, the centre enjoys a partnership with a local school. Children who are nearly five years old spend a morning each week in the new entrant classroom.

The MIT Children’s Education Centre history

MIT has operated a crèche or childcare centre since the 1970’s. It’s been in a number of locations over the years beginning with the old Yendarra Homestead (between L Block and Bairds Road), then to O Block before moving into a house on Ashton Street.

In 1993 construction began on the MIT Children’s Education Centre, at North Campus (NE Block).

The centre was officially opened on 15 July 1994 and has continued to serve the children of our students, staff and local community.

Centre layout

For the safety of our babies, there is some security between their room and the toddlers indoor play area. However, the separating wall is low and communication between siblings and teachers is possible.

The over-two centre has two large rooms which are open and accessible for all children over two years of age. One of these rooms is used for quieter activities and/or access to computers. Children over the age of two years are not separated during the day except for rest periods.

Our Philosophy

Our centre has an inclusive policy. We work closely with specialised agencies to support children with special learning needs.

Our philosophy is based on the belief that each child and family is unique. Respect for the community, environment and for each child, family and teacher is strongly valued and practised.

We believe that children learn by following their interest areas and we aim to provide opportunities and learning experiences to promote and enhance their knowledge.

Our programme follows Te Whäriki, our national curriculum document. Our aim is to ensure that: all children grow up as confident, competent learners and communicators; healthy in mind, body and spirit; secure in their sense of belonging; and in the knowledge that they make a valuable contribution.

As it complements Te Whäriki, aspects of Reggio Emilia are incorporated into the Centre's values and programme.  These include:

  • Looking at the image of the child (how the child thinks and views the world)
  • Promoting a sense of respect for each child, family and teacher
  • Encouraging the child to be the researcher
  • Developing the environment as the third teacher
  • Valuing parent partnership for promoting the child's learning and wellbeing.
Staff and management

The Centre employs full-time qualified and registered teachers. Support staff include part-time students, a manager, an administrator, a chef and kitchen assistant.

Our teachers come from many different backgrounds, including Maori, Chinese, Korean, Indian, and Samoan, so you'll hear these languages spoken at the Centre.

This Centre is also used as a practicum venue for Early Childhood Education students from recognised learning institutions, including MIT. These students ensure that teachers keep abreast of current thinking and teaching practice, and in turn the students benefit from the experience of Centre teaching staff.

MIT Children's Education Centre team 
Rosalie LeuluaiActing Centre Manager
Bron FerenczAdministrator
Arvin ValenciaChef
Lisia BrownKitchen Assistant 
Under Two's team 
Nazreen KhanTeam Leader 
Aileen Smith Teacher
Kavitha VegesnaTeacher
Yujie ZhuTeacher
Over Two's team 
Elizabeta PesovskaTeam Leader 
Emma Nickson-ClarkTeacher
Huia KereopaTeacher
Kelly-Marie WrightTeacher
Lesley BrooksTeacher
Sinder KaurTeacher
Yeoun-Sook LimTeacher
Support Teachers
Claudia AkwofueTeacher
Janita KaloloTeacher
Laura BishopTeacher


The childcare centre is community based and is part of Manukau Institute of Technology's Student Experience and Success team. The Institute's Council is legally responsible for the Centre.

Any review in policy is a collaborative approach between families, teachers and management. Family/whanau opinions are seriously considered. Consultation on any changes to fee structure takes place six months prior to implementation. This provides the opportunity for dialogue and discussion about the rationale for any increase.

Opening Hours Monday to Friday from 7.30am–5pm.
We close for Christmas holidays each year
Location NE Block,
Gate 11, Otara Road
North Campus, Otara

Age of children catered for

0–5 years
Contact Phone: 09 968 7715
Fees Please contact the centre for current fees