Piccolo Park daycare centres at Sylvia Park, Botany Downs and Mt Richmond reflect our love of education. Meet the owners and staff…

Piccolo Park daycare centre’s vision and creation

Piccolo Park daycare centres are an expression of our beliefs, real love of education and desire to contribute to our community. As well as being the owners of the daycare centres, we are also a close-knit family with children of our own, say Rukshana and Narisa.

We believe education is important and that each child is special and unique. Therefore it’s vital they receive the right support and nurturing to meet their individual needs. It’s about creating a solid foundation so they can flourish in the future.

We believe that a child’s play, that begins at the very early stage of their development, is very important and makes a big impact on their development and learning.

Seeing the children at our daycare centres grow and develop into independence is very rewarding. We love expanding their capabilities, bringing out their unique talents and abilities, encouraging their inquisitiveness, and fostering a love of learning.


At our daycare centres we believe each and every child is a unique individual who should be treated equally and with respect.

We believe in providing a safe environment where the children can discover, learn, create and explore safely on their own and alongside other children and teachers.

We believe all children should be independent and should be respected and encouraged to express their thoughts and ideas.

We believe in setting up the environment to create an opportunity for children to acquire the skills that are needed to become confident and competent learners in their learning journey ahead.

We are committed to ensuring that every child and family feels welcomed, respected and valued. We believe that all children should be given the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the cultural heritage of both partners to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Meet the team


Rukshana Kapadia


I moved to New Zealand twenty years ago, completing a Diploma in Business and a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education from the Auckland University of Technology.

Narisa Daud


After eight years of customer service and 3 children, I decided to go back to advocating for children and their often unheard voice, via ECE.

Zoe McBride

Centre Manager, Botany

I have been at Piccolo Park Early Learning Centre in Botany since early 2016 shortly after it opened, and I now as the centre manager here.

April (Yahui) Shao

Centre Manager, Mt Richmond

I moved to New Zealand in 2007 and completed my teaching degree in Early Childhood Education. I have always wanted to be a teacher since I was a child.