ABC Hei Hei

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Top ranked NZ childcare centre

By NZ Education Review Office

ABC Hei Hei is a high quality early learning centre in Hornby, providing exception care and education for children from 3 months to 5 years old.  We support parents/whanau in their parenting journey, working with and alongside them as their child grows and develops, especially taking time to celebrate each and every mile stone along the way.

Our learning spaces

We offer four fantastic rooms for children to explore, learn and play. Our classrooms offer rich learning experiences for children to develop skills at their own pace while being supported by a well-established, passionate and professional, teaching team.

We also have a wonderful outdoor area which provides many experiences, challenges and wonders. We are very proud of our secret garden, where children work alongside teachers to establish a beautiful garden of vegetables and flowers. Our climbing equipment helps children to develop the gross motor skills, balancing and hand-eye coordination. We also have a number of centre pets which the children help to care for.

Tui and Kiwi rooms

Our lovely Tui and Kiwi rooms offer children under the age of 2 a safe and nurturing nursery environment. Primary care is provided for the children in this room, with the child deciding which teacher they would like to choose for this rewarding job.

Alongside our curriculum which promotes discovery, confidence, language and social skills, children also have access to our beautiful outside area which is separate from the older children, so they can confidently explore. We also have a separate infant play area, both inside and outside.

We are very proud of our sleep area, where by we offer children their own individual cot and for infants a beautiful bassinette.  This sleep room is set up, so it is like being at home and children can have a restful sleep while here at ABC Hei Hei.

Kea and Kakapo rooms

The Kea room is set up for our busy toddlers from ages 2–to 3.5 years old. This is a fantastic place for the children to build relationships with their peers by engaging in play and generally having a good time. Our teachers work with the children’s interests and extend on these by providing resources and activities that encourage persistence and growth in all the children.  We also have a lovely wee sleep room for busy toddlers so they can slow down have a rest and recharge themselves ready for a busy afternoon.

The Kakapo room is for our energetic 3.5 to 5 year olds.  The Kakapo room is a place where all children are encouraged to take part in activities that are of interest to them and they are given the opportunity to experiment with ideas, ways of thinking and doing things. We also empower children to develop those all-important self-help skills ready for that next part of their learning journey which is school.  Along with this our unique Be School Ready initiative helps the children develop the skills needed for the transition from preschool to school.

Both the Kea and Kakapo room have access to a beautiful outside play area where they can continue to explore and develop new skills in a safe and wonderfully resourced area.


Education Review Office Report

We have received a fantastic Education Review Office (ERO) report, achieving the very best grade for all early childhood centres in New Zealand.

Click here to read our centre’s latest ERO Report


E Portfolio

We are excited to offer our families access to Storypark e-portfolios. They are a great way to keep up to date with what your child is doing while at the centre. You can log in to the secure platform to see what’s been happening in their day, check out photos of them and comment on their activities. Click here for more information about this fantastic resource.


Healthy Heart Award

We are extremely proud and excited to announce that we have received a Whanau Healthy Heart Award from the Heart Foundation for the amazing things we do to promote healthy food and physical activity. We are helping our tamariki to have healthy habits and healthy hearts for life. For more information on the Healthy Heart Programme, click here!


Our doors are always open and we here at ABC Hei Hei would love to show you and your child around our beautiful centre.


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Parent Feedback:

“Each and every one of you have played a special part in my daughter’s life. All your love, caring and support right from day one is unforgettable. We appreciate everything you have done and all the help and support you have provided. Always know you are part of our lives and helped make her into the wonderful wee girl she is today.”

“Our son has come out of his shell and built up his confidence thanks to all of you. He has come a long way.”

“I am sure to tell people how happy my children have been at ABC Hei Hei, how their social skills have developed, how they’ve learnt to trust other adults and also follow directions and routines.”