Pascals Albany

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Our Story

Our Centre:

When you come through our doors you will be welcomed into our light and peaceful hallway where you will be greeted with either the homely scent of our qualified chef’s cooking/baking or the various essential oils diffusing throughout the centre; and the beautiful museum-like exhibits of the children’s creations proudly adorning our hallway. Our purpose-built learning environment is divided into 6 smaller classrooms. Our indoor classrooms are sound-proofed, richly resourced and filled with awe-inspiring spaces created by the children and teachers. Our expansive and meticulously designed outdoor gardens and play spaces are segregated into 3 play grounds: 1 shared by the two Nursery classrooms; the second which is shared between the Toddlers and Preschool 1 classrooms; lastly, the third and largest shared by Preschool 2 and Kindy classrooms.

Our Team:

We are a strong team of over 30 staff members made up of the most dedicated people in the industry. Our centre manager is a trained nurse, a background she shares with 3 other teaching staff. Our leadership team alone have a combined teaching experience of at least 45 years. We believe in diversity; our people come from many walks of life and bring with them their cultural knowledge, talents, wisdom and stories. Relief staff are of the highest quality – highly experienced registered teachers, an educational psychology masters student, an ex-midwife, and the likes. Altogether, we strive to create a place where your child can feel safe, loved and inspired to learn.

Our Community:
  • We strive to create beautiful memories for our children and celebrate diversity in our centre through our community events such as Matariki Festival, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day breakfasts, Grandparents’ Day, Teachers’ Day, International Children’s Day, Chinese New Year and many more.
  • We believe it is never too early to teach children about responsible citizenship and social / environmental conscience. Hence, we actively seek collaborative partnerships with worthy causes and organisations in our local community to bring hands-on and meaningful learning experiences for the children.
  • We engage whanau in the children’s learning through Storypark and invite them to take an active interest in our centre activities.
  • We believe in the power of a genuinely inclusive learning community in shaping a future generation that is accepting of all differences. We work together with the whanau and other professional agencies to develop effective strategies to support the unique needs of all learners; and to foster the value of empathy as we learn and grow together.
  • We are committed to strengthening our bicultural practice; and nurturing in our youngest citizens a sense of pride in Aotearoa New Zealand’s unique bicultural identity.
ERO Report

The Education Review Office (ERO) is the New Zealand government department that evaluates and reports on the education and care of students in schools and early childhood services. ERO’s reports are used by parents, teachers, early childhood education managers, school principals and trustees, and by government policy makers.

Early childhood services are reviewed on average once every three years. Reviews will be more frequent where the performance of a school or centre is poor and there are risks to the education and safety of the students, or less frequent where a school has a stable reporting history and demonstrates good self-review processes and use of its assessment information.

You can read our centre’s ERO review here.

Centre Information

Centre Hours:

Monday – Friday

Short days: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Full Days: 7:00 am -5:30 pm

Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday Closed

Ages Catered For:

3 Months – 5 Years

Centre Capacity:

125 children

Average Classroom Size:

Nursery 1 (3mos to 1yr) = 10 children : 3 teachers

Nursery 2 (1 to 2 yrs) = 12 children : 3 teachers

Toddler 1 (2yrs to 2yrs10mos) = 24 children : 5 teachers

Preschool 1 (2yrs10mos to 3yrs7mos) = 21 children : 4 teachers

Preschool 2 (3yrs7mos to 4yrs5mos) = 26 children; 4 teachers

Kindy (4yrs5mos +) = 26 children; 4 teachers

Healthy Hearts gold award

Healthy Hearts Gold Award
March 2018
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Testimonials

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  • Our daughter has thrived so much in so many ways since joining Pascals Albany a year ago. She enjoys Play Ball, the in-centre dance class every Friday, Koru Club and the many educational excursions her classrooms have been on. She comes home every day with such animated stories about the new things she has learned. We have seen astounding progress in all areas of her development.

    Kenneth G

  • Both our daughters attended Pascals Albany from the time they were 2 years old, and as a family we have been with the centre now for 5.5 years.  In this time we have developed wonderful relationships with the staff, who are committed, caring and highly professional.  As a parent, I have always felt that the staff at Pascals Albany have a genuine passion for children and teaching and it is reassuring to drop my children off knowing they are in safe and caring hands. In particular, I have watched and appreciated how the teachers have taken the time to understand my children’s individual personalities and needs, and focused on encouraging and fostering their natural interests and strengths.  Both my girls thrived in this environment and I believe that their experience with the centre has had a very positive impact on their confidence, self-esteem and thirst for learning.

    I have also felt that communication between the centre and home is excellent.  We have especially enjoyed the detailed updates that the teachers put together for the child portfolios.  With my youngest daughter now about to start school, I know I will treasure these precious reminders of their pre-school years.  

    I highly recommend Pascals Albany to any family looking for a high quality early childhood centre for their children.

    Jacqui R

  • Pascals Albany is a fun, engaging centre that provides top preschool education, readying each child for their start at school. Both of my children have attended the centre since they were 9 months old. My daughter is about to turn 5 and whilst she is excited to start school, she is very sad to be leaving her preschool family. The people, activities, learnings and general environment are amazing. I strongly believe my children have gained much more from being at Pascals Albany and have grown to be confident, capable children. When I go to pick my daughter up she tells me I’m too early and she wants to stay. Even my son who is now at school enjoys returning and engaging with the teachers that he had when he was there. The teachers give their all and ensure each child is treated as an individual – it really does feel like a big extended family.

    Jo W

  • Our family's experience at Pascals Albany has been overwhelmingly positive. I was recommended the centre by family friends with children of a similar age who attended the centre. We have three children who currently attend Pascals Albany. Our eldest daughter started in the nursery when she was nine months old and our second two children (twins) have attended since 10 months old.

    Some of the things that make Pascals Albany such a wonderful place are: great communication from the Teachers about how your child's day has been (both written and verbal), the quality and obvious warmth of the relationships between the teachers and children, the quality of the physical environment and resources, the culture of the centre (encouraging respectfulness and care) and the stability of the staff members.

    I am impressed with the ever evolving outdoor environment.  The teachers are clearly motivated and engaged in their roles and are constantly beautifying and improving the gardens and outdoor play environment.

    I truly feel that the Teachers at Pascals Albany are an extension of our family and I don't hesitate to talk to them about any concerns that I have about my children as I feel that together we work together and find solutions to whatever is happening for them.  There is real consistency between the home and centre environment. 

    I would unreservedly recommend Pascals Albany to parents looking for an exceptionally high quality early childhood centre for their children.

    Michelle M