Who we are

Wise Owl Early Learning Centre Pukekohe is tucked away in the quiet residential area on John Street – beside the “Big Slide” park, Samuel Miller Reserve.

Our centre has a unique homely feel and we consider it to be a second home.

We have a strong focus on authentic connections with people, love and nurture alongside high quality care and education. This creates a balance in an unhurried environment, that is also full of energy.

We are a “mixed age group” child care centre. This means we keep our children together as much as possible to foster and encourage social choices that are not limited to age.

We have wonderfully spacious open-plan rooms (double the size required by the ministry of education) where teachers and children can engage in meaningful and teachable moments.

Ko Taupiri te Maunga – The name of our mountain is Taupiri
Ko Waikato te Awa – The name of our river is Waikato
Ko Manukau te Moana – The name of our sea is Manukau
He puna ana ahau e te whare Kohungahunga ko Wise Owl no Pukekohe – The name of our early learning centre is Wise Owl in Pukekohe

Introducing the Owner

Hello, I am Anette Blair and I am the proud owner/manager of Wise Owl Early Learning Centre (ELC).

After 20 years teaching in early childhood education I honestly believe it is my calling to establish a loving, respectful, and unhurried centre, which the children can embrace as  a home away from home.


Here at Wise Owl Early Learning Centre we have a passion for developing connections between people that will provide a solid platform for confidence in self and in life long learning.

Mission & Whakatauki

Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work.
Ko te ahurei o te tamati arahia o tatou mahi


“We understand that children develop holistically and need a broad and rich curriculum that enables them to grow their capabilities across all dimensions” (Ministry of Education, 2017). We aim to inspire and encourage children to be proud of who they are and where they come from. With the support of genuine nurturing kaiako who are present and available, children are noticed, valued and respected. Kaiako foster children’s emerging skills and attitudes through warm, responsive reciprocal relationships. We believe and embrace the concepts of tuakana teina. Where children teach and learn from one another. Through authentic trusting relationships children develop a sense of security and competence.

We also believe by having time to engage in uninterrupted play, children have the freedom to discover and explore their world in their own time. While learning considerations for others. Children are immersed in pockets of thoughtful and meaningful play. Navigating their own creative endeavours and imagination, which contributes to the development of sustained attention. When children are valued as rangatira/leaders in their own right, they are empowered to take control and lead their own learning.


Nourishment of body

We provide nutritious homely meals, all made at Wise Owl fresh daily.  Our kitchen is the heart of our centre.  Our rituals include self care, coming together as a group and meal times. Our change and meal times are unhurried and valued as a special time to bond and share.

Nourishment of mind

We encourage interest in learning – predicting – planning – spontaneous ideas – positive self esteem. Routines and rituals help us to know and understand about times when we need to do certain things.

We have clear boundaries.
We support self regulation and social competence

Nourishment of soul and spirit

At Wise Owl we encourage children to be themselves and love themselves.
To enjoy life and celebrate each day.
To accept and embrace similarities and differences.
We notice, recognise and respond to each and every child.


Te Whariki

Te Whāriki is underpinned by a vision for children who are competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society.

More on Te Whāriki Here

Nurturing, passionate Teachers

The Wise Owl teaching team has been carefully selected to embrace these philosophies.  They work alongside each other and our children to nurture and support each child in their journey of growth and learning about their world.

Meet our team here

Our Latest ERO report

The Education Review Office evaluates and reports on the education and care of children and young people in early childhood services and schools.

See our latest ERO report here