Puffing Billy Child Care

Our Centre

Our child care centre has two buildings on site, where we cater for children from birth to 14 years. Read about our programmes and age groups below or arrange a visit to view our facilities and meet our caring educators.


The Caboose Room (0-24 Months)

Ratio 1:5

Our warm and happy baby-play area caters to children aged 0-24 months. Safe floor play areas and individual sleep facilities are provided and teachers are committed to giving cuddles, reassurance and kind words to ensure each child is treated with the utmost care and respect.

Our young children are offered an introduction to creative play activities that include art, music, sand and water. The Centre has a separate playground for our under-2s. We also assist parents with toilet training for their children.

Transition to the Carriage Room is carried out so that children gradually and happily move from the Caboose Room with the support of teachers in both age groups.

Babies and toddlers benefit from secure and nurturing relationships with teachers. They enjoy opportunities to explore the indoor and outdoor learning environmen.


The Carriage Room (2 – 3.5 years)

Ratio 1:10

When a child reaches 2 years of age they are normally ready to transition into the Carriage Room. This environment provides children with small group settings where they can develop their self help skills, physical and language skills under the guidance of teachers. Children join in group-mat time in the morning and afternoon where slightly more structured activities are offered.

Teachers work closely with children. Their knowledge of children’s culture and context contributes to positive learning outcomes for children. Teachers provide opportunities for children to learn about literacy and numeracy in their everyday experiences.


The Engine Room (3.5 – 5 Years)

Ratio 1:10

At 3.5 years children enter our Engine Room where they are offered an extended programme in pre-math, pre-reading and pre-writing skills which ensure a smooth transition to school.

Teachers provide opportunities for children to learn about literacy and numeracy in their everyday experiences.

Transitions into and within the Centre, and on to school are considerate of children’s needs.


20 ECE hours

The Centre operates a 20 ECE Hour session for children 3-5 years.

Monday to Friday from 9am- 1pm.

Please supply a healthy lunch box for your child.


Kindy Sessions for 2-3 years

The Centre has limited space to cater from children who wish to attend a morning session these cost $10 per session and please bring a healthy lunch box for your child.


OSCAR Programme – Subsidised by The Ministry of Social Development

For Before & After School Care and School Holiday Programmes in Takanini & Papatoetoe, please contact our sister centre, Aunty Julies OSCAR.