ABC Hillcrest

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Sessions for 3 - 5 year olds
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ABC Hillcrest, part of the BestStart family, is a converted house situated in Hillcrest. We are close to the local schools and Polytechnic.

We provide a home away from home environment and a fantastic outdoor area, which helps develop children’s physical and cognitive skills, also fantastic gardens made by the children and whānau from our centre.

We provide different areas which the children can flow between, there is a lovely, inviting under two space in which the children are always stimulated and receive reciprocal relationships with the teachers in that area.

The team at ABC Hillcrest is very passionate and dedicated to enriching the lives of the children in our care. All our staff are qualified teachers and bring a diverse range of skills to our centre. We pride ourselves on the great relationships that we form with the children, their families and the community around us. Our goal at ABC Hillcrest is to provide your children with the skills needed to become confident, competent learners, preparing them for their learning journey ahead.

We welcome you to visit our centre at any time convenient to you.

Check out our latest centre stories and events

Daycare rallies to replace fire victims’ belongings

Bike Day

ABC Hillcrest visit a fairy grotto

ABC Hillcrest are sunsmart

Sharing the Christmas spirit

Donating to the SPCA

ABC Hillcrest go to Dancing with the stars

ABC Hillcrest had a little lamb

Grandparents Day at ABC Hillcrest

ABC Hillcrest Bird Trip

ABC Hillcrest visit Life Unlimited

ABC Hillcrest celebrate Matariki

ABC Hillcrest get a visit from the Police

Swimming Lessons begin at ABC Hillcrest

ABC Hillcrest’s Bunny visits the vet

ABC Hillcrest donate to Police Appeal

ABC Hillcrest are in a giving mood

ABC Hillcrest give to the needy

ABC Hillcrest were in the Rotorua Weekender

ABC Hillcrest visit New World

ABC Hillcrest were recently in the Rotorua Daily Post

Click here to read our centre’s latest ERO Report.
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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 wherever you are in the world 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.
Parent Feedback:

“To the amazing, beautiful, funny, loving teachers at ABC Hillcrest. ABC was a home away from home, a safe place, where magic happens and memories are made. No words can express how grateful we are, to have you ALL part of our lives. You all cared for and adored Alzarah as if she was your family. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, we will truly miss each and every one of you.”

“Our son Oliver started at the centre about 4 months ago when he was 1 year old (incredibly young and vulnerable in our eyes!). We were naturally very nervous about the idea of ‘handing him over’ for such long periods of time to people who we had only briefly met. Prior to joining ABC we visited quite a lot of centres around town, Once we stopped by ABC we were instantly confident that this was the one for us. The staff at this centre are amazing, so relaxed, friendly and confident with the kids and this rubs off on you when you’re dropping them off each day, especially in the first few weeks. To be honest it was surprising how many centres appeared to be so quiet and dull that many of the kids appeared bored or on the other hand they were completely chaotic with no sign of order what so ever. Nez and the staff have struck a perfect balance here, the place if full of life and looks like the kids have had a major part in decorating, their artworks and creations are displayed with pride, but there’s also an order to it all. We regularly turn up to find kids completely engaged in some form of craft. A small thing, but very hard to achieve the balance. Many centres have not.  

From day one the staff have welcomed Oliver by name. Again a small thing that may seem insignificant but is incredibly important to you as a parent as it shows that they see your child as part of their whanau and not just another kid turning up for a few hours. A lot of centres didn’t even acknowledge him on our visits. The biggest thing is probably the fact that they always seem happy to see Oliver, even though we know for a fact he can be quite demanding! This is also where Kristen Hofmann came in, I simply can’t say enough about Kristen. We’ve only known her for a short period of time but already completely trust her with Oliver, primarily because we know that he completely trusts her. That’s probably one of the biggest compliments I could pay. She is simply amazing with the kids and you can tell that even the older ones still seek her out for comfort or counsel on a regular basis. She provides incredible regular updates through your Story Park system that give us a real insight into Ollies development, but also provides an insight into how in tune Kristen is with him. We’re privileged to have her.

I had no idea that day care’s made their own productions, but I quickly learned that this one does. I have seen numerous cultural days, morning teas, dress up days and the impressive Matariki celebration in only a 4 month period. Its great see that everyone’s cultures are embraced and celebrated.

 Nez and all of the staff need big wraps for the way this centre runs. Kristen needs a huge gold star, she is a true asset to your company. You can’t buy a great culture, but you’ve got it here.

 We couldn’t have hoped for a better start and look forward to seeing Oliver thrive here over the next few years.”