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


Hello, I am Maggie Xu. I studied engineering in Shanghai and traveled around the world and worked on super high-rise buildings, but that did not prevent me from being mesmerized by the good old Saturday BBQ where kids run wild and things get broken. Sooner or later we all come back to family, to kids mostly.



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!


Sharon Benjamin


Hi, my name is Sharon. I have joined in Cornwallis room. I am from India but now I’m fortunate to be a New Zealand Citizen. I am married and have two daughters.

I have completed a Diploma in Early Childhood Education here in New Zealand, and a Bachelor of Education degree and Master’s from India. I hold full Teacher Registration from New Zealand Teachers Council, and a First Aid Certificate. I have 10 years experience in Early Childhood Education, as a Head Teacher, along with more than 25 years in Primary and Secondary.

I believe that children are active learners that are capable and resourceful, and I personally value the uniqueness and potential of each child. All children learn differently in different contexts therefore I need to apply a varying teaching strategy to accommodate these needs.

Furthermore, I not only believe in enhancing each child’s strengths, competence and self-esteem, but also in the development of the child’s personality, talents, mental and physical abilities to their fullest potential in a stimulating environment like Just Kidz.

I will do my best in supporting and empowering the families and communities of Just Kidz through respectful, reciprocal relationships and working in collaboration with parents/whanau.




Sushila Singh


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


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.




Ginny Pani


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.




Briana Pengelly.


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.




Sweta Vaidya


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 .




Stevie Barker

Centre Reliever.


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.




Nina Andrews


Hey hey my name Is Nina I am of Niuean and Samoan decent born and raised in Avondale my love for children started at home I come from a very big family.

My career started at the age of sixteen my first gig was at Te Kōhanga Reo’ o Kakariki Marae where I was a full time  Kaiawhina there for four years in my time there I learnt how to speak Reo Māori. In 2011 my husband and I moved to Australia where we lived for ten years.

I continued to work in ECE and gained my cert 3 and went onto completing my diploma also.

We started our family and got married.

Our two beautiful daughters were our reason to return home to Aotearoa. An opportunity for our daughters to understand and learn who they are with the help of family and friends.

Currently I am studying my degree in ECE in hopes in the coming years to specialise in a specific area. My daughter attends Just Kidz an added bonus for us as family to check in regularly and it is a wonderful place of learning with the amazing Chef and teachers that we have on board.



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Tui Vihi

Health and safety officer


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.



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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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