Ko te rau, ko ia te kite - Don't sit back, have a go ... they who seek shall find
The OUCA has five centres, made up of four at 551 Castle Street North, collectively known as Te Pā.
- Te Pārekereke o Te Kī, a bilingual centre for children aged 0 - 5 years
- Te Maioha, for children under 2 years
- Te Uru and Te Puna, for children over 2 years
"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. "
- OUCA College Centre - Rōpu Tiaki Tamaiti is located at 137 Union Street east, and is for children aged 0 - 5 years.
"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.
Children under two years of age are well supported by strong systems and practices. They benefit from strong attachments with teachers. There are high levels of care and respect. Children are very settled in their environment."