Welcome to Lilliput Preschool

A quality daycare in Tauranga

Excellent teacher/child ratio and highly qualified team

As any quality daycare should, we pride ourselves in having one of the best teacher to child ratio. This helps us to provide a high standard of education, and in an environment that is nurturing and caring.

Think of us as a ‘home, away from home’ for your kids.

We are one of the few centers that aim to uphold this quality approach to childcare. One of our goals is to make use of our well-kept surroundings to provide a relaxed learning environment for all the children.

Our Philosophy and Programmes

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Our Philosophy

Lilliput Preschool believes in responsive and reciprocal relationships with all our children, parents/whānau, and teachers, where they feel valued, safe and secure.

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Infants and Toddlers

The infants and toddler’s area is a calm and inviting environment, where relationships are at the heart of all practices. Through key teachers, children form close and trusting relationships based on love, acceptance, and kindness. We follow the natural rhythms of each child, where unrushed experiences are individualized to their needs, strengths, and interests. This is done at a core level of everything we do.

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The preschool area is an environment which caters for all children’s unique interests, strengths, and needs. Here children learn to play, imagine, invent, experiment, ask questions, and make sense of the world around them. With a well-equipped variety of resources, a number of inviting areas, and uninterrupted play. This provides an endless opportunity for exploration, creativity, curiosity, and social engagement.

Meet the Owner

Hi, I’m Michelle and I am the owner and operator of Lilliput Preschool. 

I am 100% invested and highly involved in Lilliput’s operation. This ensures the highest quality of care and education for every child.

It is vital as an owner who also manages the center to make sure that no corners are cut.

Being a mother of three only deepens my experience into childcare.

I know how challenging it can be when returning to the workforce after having kids.

However, I’m extremely dedicated to making the transition as stress-free and uncomplicated as possible. 

Read more about the staff

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Send Us an Email

Get in contact with us by sending an email with a time you would like to meet with us.

We would love to hear from you and give you a tour of our premises.

A Brief Q & A

What are the ages you care for?

We provide care and education for the ages between 3 months and 6 years old

Do you offer subsidized hours?

Yes, we provide up to 20 ECE per week for children over 3 years old.

Some families may be eligible for a WINZ subsidy. Please ask Michelle for more information with regards to applying for a WINZ subsidy.

How do I enroll my child?

We encourage you and your child to visit us. 

Once you decide to enroll with us, a form will have to be filled out that confirms the hours and days you will be needing care.

Are your staff qualified?

We have a high ratio of qualified teachers (average 96%), well above the Ministry of Education recommendation of 80%.

We are proud of our low teacher turn over rates and we all enjoy a wonderful and supportive work environment.

Some other considerations

What you need to provide
  • Please bring along nappies, bottles, and formula if necessary.
  • Any comfort items your child is attached to.
  • Two or more changes of clothes, we recommend labeling the clothing.
  • In the preschool area: Water bottle, lunch and afternoon tea. We provide morning tea.
  • In the infants and toddlers area: Water bottle, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
Some helpful suggestion on how to help your child settle in

We recommend you and your child to visit together before starting attendance. The number of visits will depend on individual needs and personality. 

In the infant and toddlers area, it is beneficial to visit at different times of the day. You can take this opportunity to provide some caregiving routines. It’s best to do this in the company of the key teacher in order to gain knowledge about the child’s individual needs and preferences.

If your child has certain dietary requirements or allergies

We go the extra mile to ensure dietary needs are met. 

Please discuss any dietary related requirements with Michelle or any of the other teachers.