TopKids Dey Street

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Sessions for 3 - 5 year olds
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ERO has rated TopKids Dey in the top 7% of NZ childcare centres

providing positive learning outcomes for children

TopKids Dey Street is a purpose built childcare centre licenced for 70 children. We are located on the east side of Hamilton, situated close to the University of Waikato.

We have three rooms – Nursery, Toddler and Preschool each of which supports the appropriate ages and stages of children’s individual learning in a supportive and collaborative environment.  Our transition process is based on the readiness of the child.

Our Vision

To provide a truly authentic environment that embraces cultural values, beliefs and identity.

Our Philosophy

Maanakitanga – We provide a nurturing, caring and fun learning environment where children develop high self-esteem and a belief in themselves as being competent and capable learners.

Whanaungatanga – We work in partnership with our whanau and wider community maintaining open and positive relationships based on mutual respect.

Aroha – Our children deserve to be immersed in an environment of aroha where teacher build and maintain close, authentic relationships with tamariki and whanau

Whakamana – Through play-based learning, we empower children to develop independence, responsibility, creative thinking and a passion for life long learning. Children have a sense of mana/well-being that builds on their personal identity and place in the world.

Ako – We recognise knowledge that both teachers and learners bring into the centre. Through our innovative curriculum, based on Te Whariki and incorporating the Treaty of Waitangi, we provide robust and meaningful learning experiences through our daily practice.

Our Nursery Room

Welcomes tamariki from 3 months to approximately 2  years of age.

We believe that building strong and trusting relationships is essential to our children’s wellbeing, sense of belonging and learning.  We begin to foster these relationships with our children and whānau through our Primary Caregiving practice as we nurture a foundation from which children learn to interact and build close relationships with others.

We also provide all nappies, wipes, milk and food in this room.

Our Toddler Room

Welcomes tamariki from approximately 2 years to 3.5 years of age.

Toddlers love to explore and get physical!  Our teachers have developed an innovative curriculum and environment that enhances this unique age and stage of development. The programme for toddlers empowers them to be confident and independent learners in the different areas of play.   Our children learn through play based learning and a variety of meaningful experiences are provided everyday such as dressing up, painting, working with play dough, construction, cooking, and outdoor physical play.

Our Preschool Room

Welcomes tamariki from approximately 3.5 years to 5 years of age.

Within the preschool room we take a project based approach to learning, in which the children are encouraged to learn through the exploration, research and investigation of the world around them.  Teachers follow children’s interests and use these interests to add complexity to the planned experiences provided, thus enhancing learning.

Our preschool room has a focus on preparing children for the school environment through play-based learning.  Children are encouraged to prepare themselves for their years at school through the acquisition and strengthening of self-management, social/emotional and literacy/numeracy skills. The preschool room teachers believe that quality education is provided through a collaborative approach to learning in which teachers, students, whanau and the community come together to provide quality learning outcomes for children. We take regular trips to a local primary school to participate in their school preparedness program. This program allows our children to become familiar with the school they will be attending, the routines, environment and expectations.

Why choose us?

  • 4 year return ERO review
  • Cultural diversity
  • Strong whanau engagement/involvment
  • Innovative curriculum
  • Attractive, natural outdoor play spaces
  • Van service






We have a Healthy Heart Award!

For more information on the Healthy Heart Programme, click here!

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We offer a transition to school – Be School Ready initiative for our preschool children, which we incorporate into everyday practice, to assist with their next step in the child’s learning journey. All children are encouraged to use their already developing self-help skills and are offered a range of opportunities to extend their independence, such as feeding themselves at mealtimes and wiping their hands and faces thereafter. Programme planning is child initiated and focused on children’s interests.

Our Stories:

TopKids Dey Gain The Gold Healthy Heart Award!

Mother’s Day Concert at TopKids Dey St

Constable Amy and Nipha visit TopKids Dey

Fundraising at TopKids Dey

Waitangi Day at TopKids Dey

St John’s visit TopKids Dey

TopKids Dey celebrate Diwali

Whanau Reunion at TopKids Dey

Daffodil Day at TopKids Dey

TopKids Dey Street – Celebrate Matariki

View our latest ERO report here.

TopKids Dey enjoy a Matariki Puppet Show

TopKids Dey St Mothers Day pampering


TopKids Dey St visit Hilda Ross Retirement Village

TopKids Dey Street school visit

Click here to read about our centre’s latest stories

BestStart Fire Truck visits TopKids Dey

TopKids Dey Street Disco

Charlie visits TopKids Dey

Literacy at TopKids Dey Street

TopKids Dey visit Extreme Edge

Please contact us or drop in for more information or to view the centre.



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:

“The regular staff are absolutely fantastic and always go out of the way to help out, make us feel welcome and look after my child with great care. Our child had grown with confidence in leaps and bounds and her progress is fantastic.”

“Thank you for all the loving care you have shown Neve over the last 5 years. She is well prepared for school and this is due to your hard work and dedication to your centre community!”

“My whanau and I would like to thank you for all being a part of Iraia’s journey over the past four years. It has been incredible to watch him grow into the young boy he is today. As we move on to the next chapter of his life, I’m sure he will miss you all very much. We cannot thank you all enough!”

“The staff are awesome and always make my child feel very welcome and included in everything they do. My child’s speech has improved so much since they started at the centre and I feel like the staff and centre is very involved in the outcome of my child’s development.”

“TopKids Dey St will be missed by myself, Brooklyn and Karlo very much. You guys all rock. We will miss all the cool kids too!”

“I am very happy with TopKids Dey St. Chloe loves the centre and the awesome teachers. She has grown so much from having the ongoing love and support. I love story park and all the amazing stories shared. Thank you so much!”

“We have really enjoyed our time at TopKids Dey Street. Rylee has built strong relationships with the teachers and all children at the centre. We will all miss you guys so much and cannot thank you enough for the time and energy you have all put into Rylee making her time with you all, the best ever!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

“Aww guys, it has been a brilliant journey here with you at TopKids Dey Street, and we could not have asked for better teachers and an amazing environment on so many levels. We are all so grateful to you and all the kindness, care, and teaching you have provided for our baby and our whanau. We are seriously going to miss you all and i don’t know if i am ready yet for rurus to go!!! It is sad to leave but i know the next journey begins. Inbhir has been with you all since she was about ten months old….watching, growing, interacting, growing, and looking forward to going back everyday! I know she will never forget any of you and truly we thank you infinitely. It has been a wonderful experience and being able to put complete trust in the people/family/centre who care for your child on a daily basis has been a true blessing. Thank you again for everything, all the time and effort you have invested in working with Inbhirua, but mainly for the personable, and relationable, aspects and values you have added to and enriched our babies life, and also our entire family. I have so much respect for you all and what you do, and we have and will have forever so many fond memories. I recommend you all to everyone, we made the best decision, and I know rurus loves you all. Lastly, i thank you personally for being such a huge and wonderful part of Inbhiruas life, for enriching her life, and for always being there for her and all the other children in your care, for you all being so wonderful and receptive with our family and entire whanau, and for being the lovely, talented, kind-hearted and warm people you all are. Big respect, and Big love!”