Piccolo Park Botany
Welcome to Piccolo Park Early Learning Centre – where we foster the drive to learn, grow, create and explore.
We are a purpose built Early Childcare Centre committed to providing the best quality care and education for children from three months to five years of age. The indoors and outdoors are designed and set up with a range of resources that will encourage a child’s interest and inspire their creativity as they learn and grow.
Our centre’s rich history revealed
It’s hard to believe looking at our fantastic centre today, that it was once a derelict and burnt-out historic house. While the path to get here wasn’t an easy one – it was definitely worthwhile. Guy’s Homestead, also known as Sadia House, was built in 1898 by Andrew and Rose Guy on an orchard and dairy farm they had bought. Over the years it was divided into small farms, and with dairy farming ceased in 1986. The former Manukau City Council bought the homestead and surrounding 0.9 ha in the early 1980s to allow for the extension of Ti Rakau Drive. The property was sold in 1997 and it sat empty and neglected until it was bought in early 2014 with the aim of converting it into a childcare centre.
We’re In the News
“A visionary – that’s how JP Singh, the owner of Guy Homestead, is being described by architects, an historian and a real estate agent. Many paid tribute to businessman JP Singh at the formal opening of the Piccolo Park farm-themed child care centre, the culmination of 15 months’ work on the Guy Homestead Restoration Project on Ti Rakau Drive.”
Historic East Auckland homestead gets a new life
“The Guy Homestead is beginning a new chapter as the centrepiece of an early learning centre. The historic building in East Auckland was left abandoned and unsellable for more than a decade, even being gutted by a fire in 2012.”
Graceful old girl rises from ashes
“A man who lived in the historic Guy Homestead in Ti Rakau Drive for the first five years of his life was visibly overcome as he took in progress on the ambitious renovation project of his old home. ‘It gets you inside after all these years,’ Graham Guy said. ‘I congratulate you all for what you have done to make it what it is – thank you.”
Push for tighter controls
“A Howick resident who publicly campaigned to have Guy Homestead restored is calling for changes to legislation involving foreign ownership of heritage homes.”
Bright future for historic homestead
“A historic landmark in Auckland’s East Tamaki – almost gutted by fire over a year ago – is set to enjoy a bright future thanks to the vision of an Auckland businessman.”
Home to relive rural past
“A country-inspired rustic theme providing urban children with tactile activities, such as growing their own organic veggies, will be the aim of the operators of a new child care centre planned for the historic Guy Homestead.”
Guy Homestead’s new life
“The old lady of the landscape, 116-year-old Guy Homestead, has new owners who want to give it a new lease of life, with the fresh breath of preschoolers. Marrianne Kelly meets the new owners.”
Fire raises heritage issues
“A blaze at an historic homestead has left its owners and civic officials working out how the property, protected by two covenants, can still be classified as a heritage building. Police are appealing to the public for information about who may have started a fire inside the 114-year-old Guy Homestead in Botany last Saturday evening.”
With the restoration of Guys’ Homestead, the best of the old and new have combined to create a unique haven in which young children can thrive in beautiful surrounds.
The new barn-style building which house our children over two, complement the rejuvenated farmhouse where the infants are located –taking cues from the property’s rural past. Our centre incorporates an agricultural theme as a tribute to its rich history and aims to offer children the experience of being on a ‘working farm’, where growing vegetables and other farm type activities are a part of the centre life. We’re proud to have given Guy’s homestead a new lease on life and look forward to nurturing children from here, for generations to come.
Quality care & education
We follow the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whāriki, and have a well-rounded approach covering intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development.
Our teachers foster a love of learning so we can maximise each child’s potential in these important early years. We focus on your child’s interests and create opportunities to problem solve, which builds character. We help your child develop important life skills using patience and the understanding that it’s okay to make a mistake – that’s how you learn!
We are so well resourced at Piccolo Park that kids get really excited about their learning. From stimulating educational toys, creative art materials, and very cool play areas, right through to technology such as iPads that the children can use to help them research those many whys, whats, when, wheres, and hows about the world around them.
Some daycare centres think bringing toys from home is great because those daycares have so few resources. But our policy is no toys from home because we have more than enough and we don’t want our kids to go through the heartache of having their toys broken.
Care for babies
Not all daycare centres cater specifically for babies but we do. Our carefully chosen teachers are highly attuned and sensitive to the emotional and developmental needs of babies. Part of our philosophy is to put care into their education, and education into their care.
The right people
Our teachers are important and we choose them carefully. All our teachers have a real connection with children, impressive skills, and lovely warm personalities. Because at heart, it’s the people that make the centre feel warm and homely for our children.
We support families receiving WINZ subsidies and can help you with your application for the subsidy. Visit www.workandincome.govt.nz to find out if you are eligible to receive a benefit.
20 hours ECE
All 3-5 year old children are eligible to receive 20 hours ECE while attending Piccolo Park daycare Mt Wellington. This is covered by the Government and can start when your child turns 3. For more information on the Government’s 20 hours ECE scheme go to www.minedu.govt.