Welcome to Kelston Centre - Open Now!

Just Kidz Kelston is a brand new, beautifully designed purpose-built early childhood education centre. We have a license for up to 90 learners including 22 under two-year olds in our pre-school setting.
We are open from 7am – 6pm Monday to Friday and offer half day sessions, ‘school’ days or full days on either a full-time or part time attendance.

We are located on the outside of Kelston Shopping centre, where the teachers and families enjoy the convenience of the shopping amenities upon dropping or picking up their children. We also have our own designated underground carpark with a very helpful elevator (or stairs) designed to assist you and your family needs.

Our childcare centre is warm, welcoming and has a nurturing environment.

Our handpicked team of professionals are all Early Childhood Education Qualified and Registered Teachers of New Zealand. They are very experienced and confident in their teaching pedagogies, so we can support children to flourish and grow in their early years education.

We are very fortunate to have our own onsite Chef who has had years of experience in creating nutritious meals, which enables us to be able to provide healthy and fun meals for our children. Please note that we also support children’s dietary and or cultural food requirements, just have a chat with us.
Our pre-school centre is made up of 4 wonderful early learning spaces named after our beautiful West Auckland Beaches.

Is specially designed for infants through to children up to 2 years old.

This room allows lots of space for our youngest learners to move around and explore. The environment is set up to create a safe learning space with plenty of natural light and all the comforts that our littlest learners require.

Be reassured that your children will experience respectful and peaceful relationships with their teachers. We believe in providing an environment where children’s routines can be calm and unhurried, with a huge emphasis on communicating with you as their parent or caregiver.

Our Piha Room also has their own wonderful outdoor area, with a sandpit and beautifully designed playground. This is separated from our older children, which promotes our little one’s safety and physical wellbeing.

Is specially designed for our active explorers aged 2 to 3 years old.

It is sunny and warm with amazing natural light. The environment is created to respond to our toddlers rapidly growing capabilities, and it provides opportunities for individual exploration as well as peer engagement.

We have essential learning areas that are fully equipped with amazing and well thought out resources that are designed to promote experiences that will extend your children’s learning and foster their creativity.

Our Muriwai Room has TWO outside play spaces, with a sand pit, a little Whare and even their own little waka, along with lots of other fun resources and equipment to challenge our little one’s holistic development.

Is located on our top floor and designed for children aged 3 to 4 years.

This room has amazing learning areas, along with resources that are of a very high standard and that are designed to support your children to develop a greater awareness of themselves as learners.

Our Whatipu room supports our young children in how to plan and monitor their own individual learning and with peer interaction.

This also includes a beautifully designed dramatic play area, which is very popular with this age group, as it supports them to develop those essential social skills that enable them to establish and maintain friendships.

Our Whatipu Room shares a very large playground on the top balcony with the Cornwallis room. It includes beautiful outdoor equipment, and a very popular bike track! Along with other fun resources and equipment that your children will enjoy!

Is also located on our top floor and is specifically designed for children 4 years to 6 years.

Our curriculum throughout our centre is designed to promote readiness for school, however our Cornwallis Room has an array of experiences for young children to engage in, that promote preparation and transitional learning into our local primary schools.

The learning resources that have been chosen for this room promote and allow children to engage in literacy rich learning, mathematical concepts, inquiry-based challenges and holistic growth.

Our Cornwallis Room shares a very large playground on the top balcony with the Whatipu Room. It includes beautiful outdoor equipment, and a very popular bike track! Along with other fun resources and equipment that your children will enjoy!

Be reassured that the teachers will support you and your child to have a fun, and smooth transition into primary school

Parent Testimonials

  • “As first time parents, we were nervous and quite picky about finding the right childcare for our one year old son. We visited several different centres in the New Lynn and Kelston area and fell in love with Just Kidz Kelston. This centre stood out from the rest for us because of the very friendly staff, the content and happy children and the new, vibrant learning environment. The transition visits were a great success with our baby bonding with teachers and other children. These sessions gave us the assurance we needed and knew he would be left in great hands!
    We have loved the communication from the teachers and staff including daily notes to take home, learning stories and lots of photos to keep us updated. Our son has grown in confidence since attending the centre and has made some really positive relationships with many staff and children. We would highly recommend Just Kidz Kelston to any parent wanting high quality care for their child”.
    Thank you for everything you do for our bubba – We really appreciate you all!

    Ngakau's parents
  • My third and final baby attends Just Kidz Kelston and I couldn’t recommend the centre more! The staff are amazing and run the place to a high standard! The way they interact with the kids is so special! They encourage their little personalities and interests making sure each child enjoys their time and learns. My Son absolutely loves going! Not to mention he has a soft spot for the chef! The centre itself is beautiful!
    I Can’t fault a thing!

    Gem



Meet Our Team

Jane- Centre Manager- Just Kidz Kelston


Maggie Xu

Centre Owner – Kelston


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 children, 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 owner of Just Kidz Kelston since its beginning in 2020, I have also owned Just Kidz Albany since 2022. I am proud to be a part of Just Kidz family



Jane Cooper-Scott

Centre Manager


Kia Ora,
My Name is Jane Cooper- Scott and I am the Centre Manager of Just Kidz Kelston.

I am a qualified and registered teacher with over 20 years’ experience within the sector.

I have lived in Titirangi all my life and am currently living in Laingholm with my husband and two beautiful daughters.

I am passionate about building relationships with children and families within our community and managing a centre which provides quality early childhood education and care of our children.

At Just Kidz Kelston, you can be reassured that while you are away from your child, they will be loved and well taken care of. Our hand-picked team of educators show passion, warmth and have confidence in their teaching practice. Together we can support your child to grow and develop at their own pace, while having fun and feeling safe and secure.



Hayley Mellsop

Assistant Manager.


Hi, my name is Hayley Mellsop and I am a teacher in the Piha Room at Just Kidz Kelston. I am a Qualified and Registered early childhood teacher with a passion for working with Under 2’s. I love watching children grow and develop, at their own pace, and love being able to document this journey for our families/whanau.

I live in Glendene, with my partner Mike, his two teenage daughters and our daughter Madison, who also attends Just Kidz Kelston.

Since having my daughter, I am even more dedicated to ensuring that we provide quality, loving, respectful care for all of the children who attend our centre, and developing trusting and reciprocal relationships with families/whanau. I truly understand what a huge decision it is, to leave your child in childcare. I couldn’t recommend Just Kidz enough, Madi and I just love it!




Sushila Singh

Piha Teacher (Under 2’s)


Kia ora, Talofa, Malolelo, kiaoran, Ni hau, Namaste, A very warm welcome to all whanau/family,  Kaiako and tamariki at Just Kidz.

My name is Sushila Devi Singh. Originally, I am from Fiji, and I have lived in New Zealand since 2007 with my husband Manoj, daughter Sushmita and son Manish. I hold a Degree in Early Childhood Education and I am a fully certified teacher. I also have a part time job at CHT as a health care assistant.

I believe that each child is unique, and they have individual rights. They deserve to have their interests and exploration supported, nurtured and extended by their teacher’s in a natural, sensory rich environment. With an approach curriculum that will spark and ignite their imagination and love for learning.

I believe in child-initiated play, and a curriculum that is supported by children’s parents as their first teachers, us as their second teachers, and the environment as the third teacher. We can all work together as a team to support, nurture each child’s mana, while having fun and learning at Just Kidz.

Outside of my work, I enjoy spending time with my family, and cooking spicy food!




Reshmi Ambika

Piha Teacher (Under 2’s)


My name is Resmi. I come from the beautiful South Indian state of Kerala. I have been in the field of education since 2009. I arrived in New Zealand in 2017, studied and achieved a Post Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education. I am a registered teacher in New Zealand.

My passion working alongside children, observing them grow and develop, and creating special moments through conversation, imagination, and friendship. I appreciate the happiness and wonder that early education has to offer, and I feel grateful to be a big part of children’s early years.

I enjoy creating a caring environment where children feel welcome, safe. And where I can support them to become confident and competent learners. I love creating a difference and contributing to children’s learning and experiences.

I am excited to meet you all.




Sweta Vaidya

Piha Teacher (Under 2’s)


Kia Ora, Namaste,

My name is Sweta Vaidya, originally, I am from India, but am happy living here in New Zealand with my husband Jamin.

I have more than 4 years’ experience in Early Childhood Education, and I am planning on studying towards my degree very soon.  I am so happy to be a teacher, as I like to provide academic support and optimal care to little ones.  I believe that children learn best when they are encouraged to actively play and explore, I like providing them with opportunities to do this with them.

I enjoy  providing children with an authentic learning environment where they can feel safe, happy and will enjoy their learning experiences while at our centre.

I am excited to meet you all .




Rajwinder Kaur

Piha Teacher (Under 2’s)


My name is Ginny and I was born and raised in the Garden City of Bangalore.

Kia ora, Hello. My name is Rajwinder Kaur. I am a teacher in the Piha Room. I am from India, I have been living in New Zealand with my husband and son, since 2015. I love to teach the tamariki in our Piha Room, it encourages me to be creative and proactive every day so I can provide them with a playful and engaging learning environment in a safe classroom. Seeing children growing and developing socially and emotionally, developing cognitive skills, learning to balance, climb, run and gaining more confidence is so satisfying. I am planning on doing my Post Graduate Diploma in ECE very soon. I look forward to meeting you all.



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Tui Vihi

Muriwai Room teacher (2-3 years)


Kia ora, Fakaalofa lahi atu.
My name is Tui Vihi and I am of Niuean descent, however born and raised on the sunny North Shore, Auckland.I am a qualified and registered kaiako, having graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) with Te Tari Puna o Aotearoa, now known as Te Rito Maioha.

I have been living in New Lynn for the past 18 years with my partner Paki and our now grown teenage children, Eden & Wiremu. In my spare time I like listening to music, reading, doing puzzles and relaxing with my whānau.

I enjoy learning about our tamariki and their culture, at the same time, supporting them with their learning through play. I am also passionate about implementing biculturalism and strengthening our partnership with Te Tiriti o Waitangi in our new centre.



Briana Pengelly.

Muriwai Room teacher (2-3 years)


Kia Ora koutou o te Whanau

My name is Briana and I am the new teacher at Just Kidz in the Muriwai room. I am pleased to meet all the tamariki and whanau who are part of this amazing centre. I am a third-year student, studying towards the Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood Education.




Shalini Sharma.

Muriwai Room teacher (2 – 3 years)


Namaste, my name is Shalini Sharma. I am from India. I came to New Zealand in 2008. I gained my qualification from New Zealand Tertiary College, in Auckland to be a qualified ECE teacher. I am a bubbly person who is passionate about early childhood education. I enjoy children’s company and always strive to create an environment where children’s learning and development is ensured, and their wellbeing is taken care of. I am looking forward to being part of the vibrant and nurturing environment at Just Kidz.




Ginny Pani

Whatipu Room teacher (3-4 years)


My name is Ginny and I was born and raised in the Garden City of Bangalore.

I have my Bachelor of Teaching ECE here in New Zealand, and I have enjoyed twenty years’ experience working with Kindergarten children in Bangalore.

I am passionate about working with young children and I believe that every child is unique.  They have their own way of learning and growing.

I look forward to working alongside your children, guiding them to follow their interest while providing them with a stimulating educational environment.




Stevie Barker

Whatipu Room teacher (3-4 years)


Hi, I am Stevie.

I am Just Kids Centre Reliever.

I started working in ECE in 2016, when the doors were open for me by a lady that used to be my kindy teacher! I found a love for looking after and teaching young children, and I am enjoying working as part of the team here at Kelston.

I have a huge passion for dance, and have been dancing since I was 3 years old. I am now a qualified Ballet Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance.

I look forward to meeting you all.




Kelly

Cornwallis Room teacher (4-6 years)


Kia ora, my name is Kelly. I am fully qualified and registered with a Bachelors of ECE. I have been working in the ECE professional for 10 years. I come from a family of 6 and am the youngest of 4 sisters. I believe children are competent and capable learners who learn through play – play is a key part in a child’s life and they should be encouraged to be imaginative and explore the world. I want to be known as a guide rather than just a teacher, someone who guides and supports our little humans in life. I am a huge believer of schemas which are certain actions children have the urge to do. I look forward to meeting you all.




Vijay

Cornwallis Room teacher (4-6 years)


Kia ora, Hello and Namaste. My name is Vijay Sharma. I am an ECE kaiako at Just Kidz. I hold a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE) level 7 and I have been awarded Tiwhikete Whakaakoranga Tōmua – a Provisional Practicing certificate from the Teaching Council of New Zealand. This is my second year in ECE – before this my passion was Business Studies. I believe respectful and trusting relationships with tamaiti and their whānau is the key to learning and development of children. I feel identifying, recognising and responding to children’s interests, needs, culture and identity goes a long way in well-being of the children and in supporting them to be competent and confident learners. I grew up in India with my parents and brother. I have a lovely wife, also an ECE teacher, and I have an amazing daughter currently studying in Year 7 at ACG Sunderland. Outside of work, my interests include travelling, music and reading. I am really looking forward to meeting you at Just Kidz.




Eden

Centre Reliever





Sandra

Centre Reliever





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Yuka Fritiofsson

Cook


Kia Ora & Konnichiwa,
My name is Yuka Fritiofsson and I grew up in Tokyo / Japan.

My first cooking experience goes back to the time when I was in my early teens and helped my parents at their traditional Japanese restaurant. Having the opportunity to be trained by qualified chefs from a young age made me really interested in cooking. Being a very active person still made me choose a different career path as an Instructor with focus on children.

After attaining my degree in Tokyo, I was working at a Fitness Club as an instructor; my specialty was swimming and most my students were preschool aged. During that time, I was also a camp leader at both summer and winter camps for young children.

My adventures as a traveler began in 2007 when I packed my bags and left for Australia, with that I also started my career abroad as a cook and never looked back.

The highlight in my life is my family with two energetic boys, they inspire me to become even more passionate about healthy cooking. I also understand the importance of best food safety practices at all times having completed training both in England and New Zealand.

I feel very privileged to cook for the children at Just Kidz Kelston, also looking after and caring for them as much as time allows.


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