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Our centres

The OUCA has five early childhood education centres on the University campus.

All of our centres use Te Whāriki – the Early Childhood Curriculum – to provide quality education and care for all children. Our excellent teacher-to-child ratios and provision of 100 per cent qualified teachers ensure the curriculum is enacted to a high standard.

Trained cooks provide nutritious food that meet the standards of the Healthy Heart awards.

If you would like to visit the centres we would love to show you around. To minimise the disturbance to children and teachers, we offer this on the first Thursday of every month. To arrange a visit, please contact:

Email ouca.manager@otago.ac.nz

Ko te rau, ko ia te kite
Don't sit back, have a go … they who seek shall find

Te Maioha

551 Castle Street North – Te Pā Building
Head Teacher Julie Watkins
Phone +64 3 471 4415
Age range 0–2 years
Hours Pounamu room | 7:45am–5:30pm
Rata room | 8:00–4:00pm

Te Uru

551 Castle Street North – Te Pā Building
Head Teacher Alan Somerville
Phone +64 3 471 4416 (Head teacher)
+64 3 471 4417 (Centre)
Age range 2–5 years
Hours 7:45am–5:30pm

Te Puna

551 Castle Street North – Te Pā Building
Head Teacher Jen Turconi
Phone +64 3 471 4416 (Head teacher)
+64 3 471 4418 (Centre)
Age range 2–5 years
Hours 8am–4pm

Te Pārekereke o Te Kī (bilingual)

551 Castle Street North – Te Pā Building
Head Teacher Toroa Pōhatu
Phone +64 3 471 4411
Age range 0–5 years
Hours 7:45am–5:15pm

OUCA College Centre – Rōpu Tiaki Tamaiti

137 Union Street
Head Teacher Emma Hulls
Phone +64 3 477 2299
Email earlylearning@ouca.co.nz
Age range 0–5 years
Hours 7:45am–5:15pm

Education Review Office reports

Te Pā

"Children are very well supported in their learning. Effective leadership, a rich and culturally responsive programme and intentional teaching practices promote positive learning outcomes for all children. There are strong systems and practices that support teaching and learning opportunities for all children including children under two years and priority learners.

"Children experience a well-planned and resourced learning programme and environment that promotes their engagement, exploration and development of competencies across the breadth of the curriculum. The physical environment provides a range of challenging equipment and experiences."

Read the latest Te Pā ERO report

College Centre – Rōpu Tiaki Tamaiti

"The College Centre Rōpu Tiaki Tamaiti has a strong focus on building strong relationships between staff, children and families/whānau based on meeting the learning needs of the children.

"There are many and varied opportunities for the families and whānau to engage with the centre and discuss the aspirations they have for their children. Teachers value and acknowledge parent and whānau aspirations for their children and take these into account when planning learning and activities assessment. As a result, teachers know the children, parents and community well and are responsive to individual needs.

"Teachers provide a curriculum that is responsive to infant's toddlers and young children's deep interests. Children play in a mixed age group setting that encourages the building of tuakana/teina relationships. A range of teaching strategies and practices are used to respond to their cultures, identities and languages."

Read the latest College Centre ERO report