Read our blog articles below to get helpful advice and updates on various aspects of early learning centre development. Whether this is your first time or you're a seasoned operator or developer, our articles will help you along your journey.

What Would Changes To Staff Or Space Ratios Mean For Your ECE Centre

Posted on 01/05/2018

In April, the Minister of Education, Chris Hipkins, announced the terms of reference for a 10-year Early Learning Strategic Plan to be developed jointly with a Ministerial Advisory Group (MAG).

The terms of reference for the plan explain that the MAG may consider any matter relating to the early learning sector, such as policies around funding, regulation and support and the curriculum.

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New Build versus Conversion

Posted on 31/01/2018

So you’ve found a great site for your new childcare centre – it’s got all you’ve ever wanted. The kids are going to love it here. And there’s a lovely house already on site. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just convert it? Maybe add an extension to the back? Surely that will be cheaper and easier than knocking it down and starting from scratch?

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Resource Consents, Notification and Neighbours Approvals

Posted on 29/11/2017

A common feature of any new or altered ECE centre is the council resource consent process. It can feel daunting even to those who are familiar with it – the most complicated part is often the notification process. This article aims to demystify the bureaucratic and give you a basic understanding of why some applications are notified and some are not.

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Is Your Property Lead Safe? - Something To Be Taken Seriously

Posted on 11/10/2017

We’ve probably all heard of ‘lead paint’ and are aware that it is not safe. But why was it used at all, why is it so dangerous, and why is it still an issue for childcare centres today? Throughout human history lead has proved itself to be an incredibly useful metal. It does not rust and is highly malleable. It has been put to all sorts of uses such as pottery, painting, cosmetics, piping, batteries, roofing, radiation shielding, the list goes on.

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Cloud Based Software - Infocare

Posted on 22/06/2017

We love partnering with companies like Infocare that are doing great things in the ECE sector.

Infocare childcare management software is a state of the art, cloud based software system designed specifically for use in childcare, day care, and kindergarten centers in New Zealand. It incorporates all aspects of the day to day administration, record keeping and management for childcare centers and kindergartens including basic accounting software.

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New Shoots + Phil Smith + Establish = A Winning Combination

Posted on 19/06/2017

New Shoots Children's Centre in Pakuranga took out Excellence in the Resene Green Building Property Award at the 2017 Property Council New Zealand Awards last Friday night. This was another great win for Establish and CASA – the consenting and design teams on this project. 

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Finalist In AUT Business School Excellence in Business Support Awards

Posted on 14/06/2017

We are excited to announce that Establish has been selected as a finalist in the 2017- AUT Business School Excellence in Business Support Awards.  

Recognised for excellence in the ICG Business < $5M T/O category, Establish will join finalists across 11 categories at this year’s awards.

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This Is Why We Love Working With Architect Phil Smith, Director Of CASA

Posted on 02/06/2017

Creators Early Childhood Centre, Hamilton faces a beautiful grove of mature protected oak trees. The district plan rules state that no centre is to be larger than 250m², so we split the centre into two smaller blocks, one housing preschool and the other the under twos. These are joined by a glazed atrium space, giving the visual impression of two smaller centres whilst providing continuity internally.

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Things to consider when choosing an architect or designer to design your ECE centre

Posted on 09/03/2017

The design of your new centre directly impacts on the learning experience of your children and the first impression for new clients. Every inch of space is important in optimising your centre for the specific needs of your children. The problem is that not every architect or designer knows the ins and outs of childcare specific design.

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Top 5 mistakes people make when choosing a site to develop for childcare

Posted on 13/02/2017

If you build it, will they come? This is the fundamental question facing all new ECE developers, investors, owners and operators. 

Time and time again it has been said that the site finding and planning stage of a new childcare centre is the most important and crucial part of the overall development process.  The main reason why the site finding and planning stage is the most important is that it sets up the foundations for your development and/or childcare business to be successful from day one and moving forward into the future.

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