Welcome to Albany Centre
The Just Kidz Albany early childhood education centre operates from a large purpose-built 4 room centre that caters for up to 98 children from 3 months to 5 years, located in 5 William Pickering Drive in Albany.
We are a warm, approachable childcare team who understand that the success of an early childhood centre lies in building and maintaining genuine reciprocal relationships with our children, families, teaching team and community.
Our teachers respect and value cultural diversity to ensure that all cultures are acknowledged.
As passionate early childhood educators, we believe in nurturing and teaching children to become competent and confident learners at preschool and in their communities, who are capable of thinking independently and believe in their own strength and abilities to achieve, think and take pride in their own learning and everything they accomplish.
Lucas has been enrolled with Just Kidz for approx 4 months now. In the short time he has been there, we have watched him grow and develop through the Clever tasks and activities his class teachers create. Leaving our child in someone else’s care was daunting at first but the love he has for his friends and teachers and vice versa really shows and we know we made the right choice with Just Kidz. He’s one happy little boy – and we know that he is being nurtured in a way that we could not provide ourselves if we were to keep him at home. Just Kidz are wonderful and we are thankful to each and everyone, everyday! Thank you for helping him grow.l and for being his day mother and father.
Both of my kids are here in Just Kidz. They enjoyed their stay so much. All the teachers are so nice and helpful with a lot of patience with the kids. They planed various kinds of activities for them and a lot of toys for them to explore. And I loved their detailed reports everyday about their food, activities, daily routine etc, which are really helpful for us to get an idea of what is their day like. They also have amazing monthly report from which I discovered so many different aspects of my children that I never knew at home. Big thanks to the teachers!
Teachers are pro, not only taking care of children, also guide children’s society skills, encourage children to explore in professional way. Hannah was afraid of slide after got hurt from falling, but teacher encouraged her to overcome the fear and built up the confidence.
The teachers from this center are caring，warm-hearted, professional with Love. Bless this center
We work closely with the parents and family to develop the best learning and environment opportunities for our children. Our common goal is our children’s wellbeing and development and to provide them with a positive learning environment where they can learn and grow alongside each other.
Our team promotes an open-door policy and communication process that encourages children, staff, management and parents/whanau/caregivers to feel a sense of belonging within our environment.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information regarding our centre or if you would like to come and visit our friendly and nurturing environment.
Meet Our Team
My name is Maggie Xu. I am from Shanghai, China where I studied engineering as my major. I travelled around the world working on various high-rise buildings across many cities with my husband Jason Li and then spent a decade here in Auckland. My husband is an urban designer with an architecture master from National University of Singapore. We have three kids, one is eight years old, one is four years old, and the little one is nearly 2 years old. Like all working mums, I value work-life balance a lot.
Along with being the new owner of Just Kidz Albany, I have also owned Just Kidz Kelston since its beginning for over two years. Having been part of the Just Kidz family already I feel even more excited to be taking on this wonderful opportunity. I would like to assure you all that I will continue to uphold the high standards of care of Just Kidz, and all the friendly staff whom you have been entrusting with your children will continue to be part of the Just Kidz Albany team.
Kia Ora. My name is Joy CHO. I am originally from Korea and I have been living in New Zealand since 2000. I did my Diploma in Early Childhood Education in Christchurch and graduated at the University of Canterbury. I am a dedicated and fully registered early childhood teacher with a passion for children’s learning and care.
I believe children’s early stage of life is so crucial to the adult they will become, and I love having a part of and making a difference to their learning and development. Here at Just Kidz Albany we incorporate Te Whariki into our everyday life, I especially enjoy encouraging Parents, Families and Whanau into taking part in our service as well as adopting parents’ contribution in their children’s learning and development. I believe that each child is unique, competent and capable. I enjoy working collaboratively with families, children, parents and teachers towards the common goal of ensuring that children have the opportunities to gain knowledge in all areas that are meaningful to them. We have the most wonderful team of teachers here at Just Kidz Albany and I feel privileged to be part of it. I look forward to working with you and your children.
Kia ora whanau,
My name is Bora Kim. I am originally from Korea and came to New Zealand when I was 11. I studied ECE in Unitec and have many years of experiences working with children.
I am passionate about working with children and helping them to reach their full potentials. I believe every child has their unique characteristics and that my role is to provide a safe and enriching environment for them to learn and grow.