About Us

We believe in and value each child in our care

We aim to provide the highest quality childcare to best serve the children and families in our community to grow them into well-rounded, happy and confident learners.

Everyone is welcome

HeadStart is a unique place. It’s a place where your tamariki can explore and grow holistically, in a safe environment that is supportive, caring and stimulating.


Our longstanding teaching staff care deeply about all the children in our care. Your child’s emotional, social, cognitive and physical wellbeing is our primary focus and constant consideration in the programme we provide. Sharing information is key to meeting the needs of your child, so we take the time to build respectful and reciprocal relationships with you and all important family members in your child’s life.


As a culturally minded and community focused centre, we welcome children of all ethnicities and all levels of ability. Our programme reflects this in the choice of activities, celebrations and learning objectives to provide a rich tapestry of experiences for your child.


For you we believe it’s about knowing your child is receiving the best quality childcare and early education possible. For us it’s about nurturing the minds, bodies and hearts of the future.


For more information, we invite you to read our philosophy.

HeadStart Programme Objectives

At HeadStart our underlying objective is to create confident and competent learners, driven by self-discovery. We encourage learning, both at an individual level and within group settings, by making learning fun, engaging and significant to your child.


At HeadStart, we aim to prepare each child with the skills needed for school and their future as a happy and confident adult. In consultation with local schools and teachers, we have developed a Transition to School programme that focuses on the foundation skills needed for children to make a smooth transition to school.

Foundation skills include:

  • Number and letter recognition
  • Sequencing, sizing, grouping and matching
  • Social skills, such as listening, taking turns, respecting individual choice
  • Mathematical concepts such as under, over, between
  • Understanding functional language and concepts
  • Writing their name


These foundation skills are born and developed from an attention to gross and fine motor skills, communication, exploration, contribution and social understanding.


Of greater importance is how we value all children having creative expression. We pay individual consideration to each child’s creative interpretation of a task or activity, to provide ways for them to explore further and extend on the path their creativity and learning has taken.


Part of the community since 1991, HeadStart is a centre focused on providing the very best quality childcare and education for children, parents and their families. We are open from 7:30am to 6:00pm, Monday to Friday for children aged 2 to 5 years old.


For information on fees, please see our fee schedule.


ERO evaluates and reports on the education and care of children and young people in early childhood services and schools.

View Headstart Early Learning Centre Ltd’s ERO report



We offer the 20 Hours ECE for children from the age of 3 to 5 years who attend the centre for six hours or more per day. Some children may also be eligible for a WINZ subsidy. For more information regarding these subsidies, you can give us a call, or read more on education.govt.nz.


HeadStart Childcare


Proud to be locally owned and operated, HeadStart is an important part of the Hobsonville community, helping grow the hearts and minds of children for over 25 years.

Our hours of operation 7.30am – 6.00pm

Visit us at 193 Hobsonville Road, Hobsonville, Auckland 0618 or call us 09 416 4300