Welcome to Huapai Centre

The Just Kidz Huapai centre operates from a beautifully designed 3 room centre located at 335 Main Road, Huapai. The centre caters for up to 45 children from birth to 6 years. We are open from 7am – 6pm and offer half day sessions, ‘school’ days or full days on either a full-time or part time attendance.

Our team have a wealth of experience and provide a warm, nurturing environment in which children thrive. Because we are a small, boutique preschool, your child will receive quality interactions with teachers that are passionate about learning and development.

Huapai is a unique community and we understand the importance of family and whanau as an integral part of the child’s learning journey. We are focused on embracing cultural diversity, and we acknowledge and respect the contributions our families make.

Our teachers value an environment which inspires curiosity and exploration, which in turn develops deep and meaningful relationships based on mutual respect.As a team we are committed to supporting each individual child’s passion, skills and needs. We value each child’s holistic development and encourage their aspirations, creativity, confidence, and provide them with a genuine sense of belonging.

Parents Testimonials

  • I went to collect my grandson from JustKidz Huapai and was very impressed with their environments and the staff. As an ex school teacher I have high expectations. I loved the natural wooden furniture, creative spaces and interactive activities encouraging imaginative play. Very friendly connections with staff and other children. No wonder my grandson loves being there, and my daughter has such confidence in the centre.

    Executive Pastor - Greenlane Christian Centre
  • My 2 year old daughter attends Just Kidz Huapai and absolutely loves it, she cheers “Daycare” every morning we pull in, which is a big deal for our little mummies girl. I really appreciate the warm, friendly and interactive environment she gets to be a part of.”

    Natalie Renall
  • “Love “Just Kidz” Huapai – Beautiful new centre and amazing staff who take a real personal interest in getting to know you and your children – Perfect fit for Remy – Thank you :)”

    Lia Swenneker

As educators we believe that by providing a stimulating environment and opportunities for children to build on their strengths and interests, they will become competent, confident, lifelong learners. Learners who are independent, capable and resilient, full of wonder and knowledge.

Our online and classroom portfolios provide a platform to connect home and preschool interests and experiences. Our parents are informed and productive members of a collaborative educational team. We aim to foster a developmentally appropriate programme designed to help each child reach their full potential. Our Reggio-inspired curriculum encompasses a positive learning environment where children can blossom and grow alongside each other.

We promote an open-door policy and communication processes that are transparent. We encourage our parents/whanau/caregivers to feel a sense of belonging within our environment, and to talk to us at any time about their child’s learning, wellbeing and development. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information regarding our centre or if you would like to come and visit.

Meet Our Team

Serena - JustKidz Huapai Centre Owner


Centre Owner

I am the owner of Just Kidz Huapai, I Graduated from University of Auckland in 2013, now I am doing part time masters in AUT. Currently I am living in the West Auckland with my husband and my 2-year-old boy. When I met the Just Kidz team, I knew this was exactly what I wanted. I am passionate about the early childhood industry. I want to provide quality care and education to our children, provide the best environment for children and our teachers. As a mum, I love to hear children laughing each morning and watching them grow up. My goal is to provide a best childcare locally.


Robyn Simpson

Centre Manager

Kia Ora, my name is Robyn Simpson and I am the Centre Manager for Just Kidz Huapai. I have worked in early childhood education for almost 20 years and am passionate about early learning and high quality care. I love the close knit Huapai community and feel privileged to be a part of nurturing young children to grow and thrive in an early childhood setting. I believe that families are an integral part of their child’s learning journey and I strive to build strong, respectful relationships with parents and whanau. Our beautiful new centre in the heart of Huapai encompasses the values and spirit of the community with a team of hand picked, professional, amazing teachers just waiting to inspire your little one to new heights. We have an open door policy so please feel free to pop in to have a look around and discuss your childcare needs.


Melissa Bishop

Head Teacher

Kia ora whanau, my name is Melissa Bishop and I am the Head Teacher in our wonderful Toddler room. I started my journey in early childhood seven years ago and graduated with a Bachelor in Early Childhood Education in 2015. I am passionate about building respectful and nurturing relationships with our children. I also believe that strong relationships with our parents, whanau and the community are fundamental to our children thriving in their learning environment. I feel very lucky to be a part of this great community and our children’s learning journeys.


Daryl Young


Kia ora, my name is Daryl Young and I am a teacher in the Toddler Room. I have been working in early childhood for a year and a half, recently graduating from AUT with a Bachelor of Education and I am currently provisionally registered. I am passionate about quality care and love that each day brings something new and different. I have a passion for te reo Maori and try to incorporate the language into my daily practice with our tamariki.


Hayley Greenough


Hello, my name is Hayley and I am one of the teachers in our Pohutakawa room. My love for teaching began when my eldest son was young and has grown into a lifelong passion. Building meaningful relationships between myself, our children and their whanau is at the heart of everything that I do. I firmly believe we create the perfect environment for our children to grow and thrive when we all work in partnership. Celebrating the uniqueness of each child and being there to inspire, guide and support them through these important early years is the most wonderful and rewarding part of my job. I look forward to meeting you and your family as we go on this journey together.


Janine Leului


Kia ora, My name is Janine Leului. I am married with 3 beautiful children. I began my teaching career 11 years ago. I am fully qualified and registered. I have experience in all age groups, however my passion is with the babies. I am very passionate about the importance of building strong, trusting and loving relationships with your child. It is important to me to provide you and your whanau with a place that can be your home away from home.


Diane Fa’aiuaso


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