A unique preschool experience for your child
Albany Community Preschool is a not-for-profit community preschool that was established over 50 years ago by a group of parents who recognized the need for an Early Childhood facility in the Albany Basin of the North Shore. We provide a safe, nurturing, stimulating environment where your child will have the opportunity to play, learn, and enjoy excursions outside of preschool.
We offer an excellent staff to child ratio, and are proud of our very experienced team of committed, passionate, fully-qualified and registered early childhood teachers who have been educating and caring for young children for many, many years.
As we recognize that learning begins at home, we work in close partnership with our parents/whanau to ensure the children that who leave Albany Community Preschool are intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially prepared for moving onto Primary School.
Early childhood education types and differences
In New Zealand, early childhood education means the range of facilities available for children under five, which includes kindergartens, or kindys, preschools, or day care centres. There are thousands of childcare and preschool centres throughout the country, and they fall into 2 general categories:
- Teacher-led early childhood education centres, including preschools like Albany Community Preschool, and kindergartens.
- Parent-led early childhood education, including Playcentres and Kōhanga Reo.
In teacher-led centres half of the supervising adults must be qualified and registered as early childhood education teachers, whereas with parent-led services the parents and caregivers care for and educate children.