Gaia (Earth) Preschool New Zealand

A real Forest Kindy and so much more... World's first childcare centre fully inspired by the "Gaia (Earth) Education Principle" (i.e. Earth inspired building designs, environments, values, curriculum, & outcomes for children). This is truely "childcare like you've never seen before". Perfectly situated for families who live, work near, or commute through Manukau, Manurewa, Gardens, Flat Bush, Mission Heights, Ormiston, Takanini, Pukekohe, Papakura, Papatoetoe, Karaka, Drury, Waiuku and Pokeno.

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We are so grateful for the support we are getting from parents, teachers, academics, businesses, schools all over NZ and the world for our vision for the future. Thank you, this only drives us to do more and more...

COVID recovery June 2020: What you are doing to support the families by offering 0% and 50% fees is amazing! I'm sure we're not alone in saying that we very much appreciate it. Thank you.

- Ms M Ewan (CENTRE MUM)

We became the proud owners of our very first home 🏡 today. Thank you so much for all your support.

- Teaching Colleague, Chrysalis Family of Early Learning Centres

It was a very tough year, however you were still a stand out and the practices you have implemented show you're a great employer. We liked that your employees believe in your philosophy and have the same passion as you do.

- Judges' comments, 2019 Westpac Business Awards, FINALIST EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR

Congratulations on your project! In my trips around the world I never saw such an amazing concept of holistic learning! Thank you for bringing this to New Zealand! I was a Montessori teacher before moving to New Zealand and your ‘inspired curriculum’ is all I would like to provide to my son. Please don’t hesitate to send me updates about the enrolment and news about the Chrysalis Family!

- Ms Jaque (MUM and EDUCATOR)

I had just had a look at what you are up to - wonderful! I look forward to your opening next year. ... Its great to see people really focused on what the children need so congratulations on your efforts. I knew exactly what Gaia meant as we have a nature story CD that talks about Gaia :)

- Celia Hogan, Founder and Lead Educator, Little Kiwis Nature Play,

It was so refreshing to hear someone talk about their centre with such enthusiasm. The Gaia, Earth and forest preschool concept that you're developing in Manurewa is a very special one indeed. How a childcare centre can play such a role in the upbringing of children and the community to hold a greater level of understanding and respect for the natural world is one we're very excited to be a part of.

- Senior Designer, Playscape,

Gaia (Earth) based Education Principle talk feedback: I loved your presentation and the great work that you all including teachers, parents and children are doing in your centers. I think the Gaia approach is a great example for children and adults that gives evidence on how it is possible to live without destroying our unique planet. Thanks for your presentation Best wishes

- Dr. Stefania Amici, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Honorary Visiting Researcher at the University of Manchester, UK

I was so intrigued by your work in NZ and would like to learn more. I have shared your vision with many here as well, about your innovative approach to both building and programming.

- Professor C. Croft, Executive Director, Center for Inclusive Child Care, Concordia University, USA

I wanted you to know that I have told several people about your work and your presentation (at ICERI) since I've returned. I often find myself thinking about your statement regarding the earth taking care of itself. I do hope that you'll keep in touch and I hope one day we'll figure out a way to work together

- Dr A. Bailey, Center for Early Education and Development, University of Minnesota, USA

I saw your future (Gaia Earth Preschool) learning centre showcased in the Trend Design magazine...To incorporate biophilic design principles and biomimicry into an educational building will be exceptionally beneficial for the development and learning of young children, and I commend you for taking that path.

- A Kirkpatrick, Architect

Your childcare center is very impressive. It’s really exciting to see that there are researchers and organizations around the world that are reforming education even at the earliest stages of life. I’m so hopeful that we’re all going to be contributing to some amazing changes in the near future in education. I actually told my students what you were working on in NZ and I want to share this with my colleagues as well. Thank you so much for sharing all of this.

- Dr A. Hussain, California State University, San Bernardino

I'm so interested with your approach for early learning. My son will be 3 yrs old when the Secret Forest opens in 2020. Can you keep me in the loop when enrolment starts please? Thank you..

- Mrs C Dewi (MUM and our first enrolment query)

I am an old Playcentre person, worked in Early Childhood for years, helped establish Home-Based Care and Education with Barnardos over the years, and worked with MSD on the development and implementation of SKIP – so you will understand why your concept captured my heart! Best wishes.

- Mrs P Watson (ECE Educator)

Delighted to read about your proposed Secret Forest preschool. Outdoor education is very popular in Denmark.

- Bill Carrig, Owner, Design Denmark

Thats so cool. I also think it's important to recognise that children need the chance to be children ... it's so important. Well done to you two as well - what a dream.

- Mrs Slipper (MUM)

I read (your Herald article earlier this morning, very cool. Love your innovation, agree completely with your ethos.

- College (Secondary School) Educator

I have seen an artist impression of your very impressive looking new project!! Looking amazing!!

- Bevan Thorn (Director, Playscape -

What a great initiative. It’s definitely what young children need to help develop the skills they need for concentration and learning!

- Primary School Educator

How exciting - a great concept. I will be watching developments with interest. Early Childhood experiences and education at their best. Lets get back to our roots.

- Mrs P Watson (ECE Educator and our very first feedback!!)

Contact Gaia (Earth) Preschool New Zealand (Manurewa (near Botanic Gardens), South Auckland)

Phone: 0508 PRESCHOOL
Address: 49 Grande Vue Rd, Manurewa (near Auckland Botanic Gardens).

Northbound commuters: Exit at the Takanini off ramp, travel 5 minutes to Gaia (Earth) Preschool, then easily rejoin the motorway on ramp 500m away to continue your commute to Manukau or Auckland CBD.
Southbound commuters to Manukau: We are 6 minutes from Rainbows End.

Perfectly situated for families who live, work near, or commute through Manukau, Manurewa, Flat Bush, Gardens, Ormiston, Mission Heights, Takanini, Pukekohe, Drury, Papakura, Papatoetoe, Karaka, Waiuku and Pokeno.
Hours: Mon- Fri 7am - 6pm