Nga Taonga Manako

Nga Taonga Manako: The Gift of Hope


M – represents the magical moments that need to be recognized and represents celebrated; it’s about our mokopuna and continuing the legacy that was built by our tipuna.  It is also about strengthening our mana and growing our pride and identity.

A –symbolizes our aspirations for our tamariki to aim high whilst nurturing their sense of self-worth. It is also about acknowledging parents and whanau as collaborative partners in their children’s educational pathways.

N – embodies our abilities as facilitators to provide nutrition. Also, to nurture the hauora (mind, body and soul) of our tamiriki.

A – is for the attitudes and ambition we set for ourselves as we experiment with various dispositions that will help us in achieving success.

K – stands for the continual need to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes. It is about showing kindness and respect for one another; including Mother Earth as we regard ourselves as kaitiaki of Papatūānuku.

O – shows the provision of opportunities, originality and ‘ofa (love) for all.

For all your enquiries


What we can offer

  • 20 ece hours for 3 – 6 years & Winz subsidy
  • Healthy and Nutritious meals
  • Accept 0-6 years *conditions apply
  • Outdoor programme
  • Te Reo me ngā Tikanga Maori
  • Low child/high teacher ratio
  • Qualified registered teachers

Nga Taonga Manako Early Childhood Centre Handbook

Enrolment procedure

We accept enrolments for children between the ages of (2 – 5 years old) two and five years (or until they go to school).  You must complete an enrolment form to secure your child a place in our Centre.  You may be placed on a waiting list if there is no space available at the time of enrolment.  Fees are to be paid a week in advance before your enrolment is confirmed.  We welcome and encourage you to take the time to visit Nga Taonga Manako Early Childhood Centre before making your final decision.


Children can often find it challenging to settle into new and unfamiliar environments; this can be distressing for both the parent and child involved, so we ask that you visit as often as possible before your child starts.  This reduces anxiety for your child and less disturbance for our other children. You are welcome to stay as long as you wish and discuss any enquiries with management, teaching staff and family members. These visits also allow for familiarity with the teachers, other children and room routines and activities; plus, a great opportunity for parents and whānau to observe a typical day at the Centre. If visits are not possible, please speak with the room’s head teacher or to the Centre Supervisor.

Parents should feel free to phone the centre as many times as they wish to see how their child is settling in.  Parents should also be aware that it is very common for some children to settle quite easily for the first couple of attendance days and then regress a little, sometimes during the second or third week of attendance.

This is no reason for alarm, it is merely an indication that the novelty of the new experience has worn off.  This is the time when we encourage parents to stay positive about their child’s time at the Centre and we certainly encourage parents to say goodbye to their children before leaving with the promise that they will come back to pick them up.

Parents daily responsibilities

Please walk your child into the Centre upon your arrival to ensure their safety.  Parents are required to complete the sign in/out sheet each day they attend.

If someone else will be collecting your child, please phone and let the centre know.  They must be 14 years of age or older.  For your child’s safety, they will not be released to anyone that is not on each child’s emergency contact list without prior permission given by the parent/caregiver.

We also encourage you, the parent or caregiver to make sure that your child attends their enrolled days.  Consistency of attendance is the key to children settling, engaging in the curriculum, having that all important sense of belonging and playing a part in the day-to-day running of the Centre.

Change of Enrolment details

The Centre must be notified immediately if there are any changes to your contact details or enrolment details.

Karakia (prayer)

Karakia starts each day at 9.00am followed by waiata and before all meals. Children are encouraged to learn Māori waiata and basic Māori phrases.


It is essential that whanau notify the Centre whenever their child will be absent and if possible their expected time of return. This allows the centre to keep accurate records as government funding is dependant upon your child attending regularly. Upon the first week of absence if you fail to contact the centre, you may receive a courtesy phone call. Second week of absence you will receive a Notification of Absence letter and after the third week your child’s enrolment may be cancelled.


If a child sustains a minor accident while at the centre, the child will be attended to by a qualified first aid staff. If, however the child requires medical attention, they will need to be taken as quickly as possible to the family doctor or the nearest medical centre by a staff member and the parents will be notified. Contact will be maintained with the staff member and the child until the parent takes responsibility. All accidents will be recorded in the accident register book.

Emergency Contact

You will be asked to provide names and telephone numbers of relatives or friends who can be contacted in the event that you cannot be reached in an emergency. You may also choose to nominate another person or persons to collect your child. It is important that you advise the office or head teacher immediately if any of your emergency contact details change.

Children's Health

Children with illnesses, severe colds, severe coughs, rashes, high temperatures, diarrhea, vomiting or infectious diseases of any nature must be kept at home to avoid the spread of infection to other children and staff. The Supervisor may refuse to allow your child to attend the Centre until they have fully recovered. Children whom are sick are cared for until whanau arrive to collect them. If the Head Teacher or Supervisor contacts you because your child is ill, please make arrangements and every effort to collect your child as quickly as possible. Children will be kept in the waiting area until parents collect them. All illnesses are recorded in the illness register.


When a child is on medication prescribed by a doctor it is essential that the medicine be handed to a member of staff and not left in the child’s bag. You must complete and sign the medicine register authorizing staff to administer the medication specifying time and dosage amount. If this is not completed fully, licencing criteria prevents staff from administering the medicine. Medication is to be taken back home each day.


We have plenty of toys here for everyone to share. We strongly discourage children bringing toys from home unless prior approval has been given by staff or it is a one-time special occasion that calls for children to bring a favourite toy into the Centre.

Rest time

Nga Taonga Manako Early Childhood Centre believes children need to rest during the day and all children will be given that opportunity.  We provide separate sleeping areas for children over two years of age who are supervised and physically checked every 5-10 minutes by a staff member.  Children who do not require a rest are supervised in another area of the Centre.



Individual beds linen and blankets will be allocated to each child. This rest time is done similar to a Marae situation. Please let staff know if you would or would not like your child to sleep during the day.


We highly recommend a labelled bag for your child and at least two clearly labelled change of clothes.

Spring/Summer Please ensure your child has with them a clearly labelled sun hat and swim wear for water play. Towel (optional)
Autumn/Winter Please ensure your child has a warm hat, jacket and covered shoes.

Cloth and disposable nappies

Whilst children are in the centre they are provided with cloth nappies. We ask for at least one disposable nappy for your child to go home in each day.


All meals are provided by the centre and a weekly menu plan is available to view in the kitchen area.  It is important to notify us immediately upon enrolment if your child has any food allergies or specific dietary requirements.

Parents are asked to bring in formula or milk for their children under two that need bottles.

Sample meals

Please watch for notices, parent/adult training information, health notices, upcoming trips, curriculum programs and income support notices etc.

Breakfast Morning Tea Lunch Afternoon Tea
Pikelets, Banana Muffins, Mouse Traps Chicken Curry with vegetables and rice; Mince & Vegetables, Sandwiches Fruit platter, Yoghurt, Rice Crackers

Childrens birthday

We believe in role modelling better living habits for our children.  Our children’s health, wellbeing and longevity is paramount to us.  In partnership with the Heart Foundation we promote healthier eating habits; as part of our quest towards this, we ask that if parents wish to celebrate their child’s birthday, they are most welcome to come in and do so.  We provide a fresh fruit cake to celebrate each child’s birthday that lands during the week.

Celebrations at the Centre need to be of food options that are healthier e.g.  fruit, fruit kebabs, vegetables, whole foods, yoghurt, cheese, rice crackers, sushi, salads and wraps.

Eating healthy food and sustaining these habits whilst in early childhood influences children’s growth, development and learning and will serve them well as children progress into adulthood. Here at Nga Taonga Manako Early Childhood Centre we insist on doing our best to promote healthier options for our children.


We recognize the importance of providing a variety of experiences such as excursions to stimulate an understanding and awareness of our community.  These may include trips to the park, beach, the zoo or the local swimming pool or even our own carpark.  Two registered teachers are identified as Persons Responsible (PR) for all centre excursions. This allows one PR to go off site if required and ensures our centre is covered appropriately during all licensed hours.
A community notice, newsletter, poster or text will be distributed to families if the centre plans a trip.  A small fee may be requested to assist with the costs incurred at some venues.


All staff employed at the centre are passionate and committed to the wellbeing of every child and possess the knowledge and skills essential for children in their care.

Management encourages professional development and provides opportunities for staff to attend training workshops throughout the year; this enables their pedagogy to continually develop i.e. personal development as well as continual practice development for Nga Taonga Manako.
Photographs of all our staff are displayed on our notice board in the entrance way.

Notice Board and Newsletters

Information of what’s happening in the centre such as upcoming trips, new equipment, birthday celebrations, charity work and reminders will be provided by several means.  We have Storypark Community Notices (e-portfolio), text or posters around the Centre and direct communication with you via staff.

Check out our noticeboards for our programme planning and to see what the progression of children’s learning, their artwork, photographs, and learning opportunities. These are updated at least, every two weeks.

Policy statement

The centre policies, procedures and ERO* reports are available upon request and we strongly recommend that you read these.  We welcome your feedback and comments when reviewing our policies and procedures. A copy of the Licensing Criteria (Education Childhood and Care Services) 2008 as amended June 2018, Education (EC Services) Regulation and the Taonga Education Centre Charitable Trust’s (our parent company) profile are also available for your perusal.

Expenditure of MoE funding received by our service can be provided upon request.

* ERO reports can be accessed by going to the ERO website


Nga Taonga Manako Early Childhood Centre staff make every effort to communicate with parents openly and as regularly as possible.  We have implemented a number of different communication methods to enable the exchange of ideas, interaction and consultation between staff and families.

As mentioned, our programme planning is displayed throughout the centre for parents to view.  As well as access to Storypark, an e-portfolio portal we utilize to update children’s interests, learning and emerging dispositions.

Posters, texts, community notices (through Storypark) as well as newsletters provide parents with information relating to special events, teacher professional development, reviews, new initiatives and feedback.

A day-to-day book for the under one-year-old children provide a two-way communication between teachers and parents relating to care, wellbeing and education of each child.

Parents are encouraged to communicate with teachers and management freely and we value these contributions for the betterment of our Centre.

A more formal means of communication with parents and whānau in regard to policies, procedures, children’s welfare is also encouraged through parent interviews, a hui with teaching staff or management, by appointment or in writing to the Centre Supervisor. Expenditure of MoE funding received by our service can be provided upon request.

Hours of operation

Licensing Hours:    Monday to Friday 8.00am- 4.30pm

Please note hours of operation.  Our license is for these hours only; we cannot take responsibility for children outside of these hours. We are closed for Statutory Holidays and possibly for two to three weeks during the Christmas period.  Normal childcare fees apply to statutory holidays and absences.


Centre provides cloth nappies for children to be used during the day. Please provide two to three disposable nappies for your child (to be used for home time), as well as wet wipes for regular use each day. Remember to label both items.

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