Welcome to St Johns Centre

Just Kidz Saint Johns is a purpose- built centre in the beautiful grounds of Colin Maiden Park. We have passionate, dedicated staff who strive to provide children with an authentic, quality environment which is warm, accepting, safe and welcoming to all.

With three different rooms staff are able to value each child’s Holistic Development and respect their Aspirations, Creating Empowerment, Confidence and a sense of Belonging for all the different age groups. Children are encouraged to learn through experience and participation, thus allowing opportunities for problem solving and risk taking. Our teachers assist children to develop high self-esteem, to be able to co-operate with others and show mutual respect for one another.

Our friendly caring staff are highly focused on teamwork, commitment and professionalism so as to enhance each individual child’s passion, skills and needs.

Parent Testimonials

  • Just Kidz is a wonderful place of learning for children. Experienced, friendly teachers with years of knowledge and commitment to children’s learning.

    Barry Delany

We endeavour to create an environment which values and respects nature and encourages children to make their own discoveries and theories. We also value the contribution and role played by parents and whanau recognising our dual heritage in Aoteroa and valuing the cultural diversity of New Zealand. We strive to work in participation with parents/Whanau to create little minds with great imagination and creativity to enable them to become lifelong learners.

  • Purpose built
  • Set in beautiful grounds of Colin Maiden Park
  • Cosy, family feel, where children can see each other and join across areas
  • Qualified, registered passionate and caring staff

ERO report St Johns 2018


Children and families experience a centre environment that is welcoming and inclusive. Children are happy and engaged in their learning. They demonstrate a strong sense of belonging. Children have good opportunities to play and learn together, and develop their social skills. They freely choose from a variety of areas of play that cater for their interests and preferences.

Children experience close and trusting relationships with staff. Teachers are respectful, and support children well in their play and exploration. They help children to develop their confidence to talk about their ideas, and describe their play and learning.

Infants and toddlers receive good quality care and appropriate learning opportunities in a calm environment. They benefit from the nurturing interactions they experience with their primary carer. Teachers follow children’s preferences and create areas and activities that promote their interests and exploration.

Māori children’s cultural identity and knowledge are respected and built-on by staff. Teachers have a good understanding of te āo Māori, including te reo and tikanga Māori. They have an ongoing commitment to enhancing culturally responsive teaching practices that contribute to positive outcomes for Māori children and children from other cultural backgrounds.

The centre manager demonstrates a collaborative style of leadership that builds on teachers’ talents and capabilities. Teachers meet regularly to plan activities and resources that reflect children’s current interests.
The centre is very well led and governed. The owners and centre managers review policies and procedures regularly. Internal evaluation is well understood and is increasingly being used as a tool for ongoing improvement.

Meet Our Team



Centre Manager

My name is Rebecca and I am excited to be joining the Just Kidz St Johns team as the centre manager. Providing your child a safe, happy and stimulating environment has always been the primary focus at Just Kidz and I look forward to maintaining those high standards.

I have been working in early childhood settings for over 25 years and I am very committed to providing your child with a loving and developmentally sound foundation where they are free to be themselves and explore their world around them. I have a degree in teaching, along with other certifications like Brain Gym that l know can facilitate learning at this very important stage of their lives. I have such respect for teachers and I look forward to growing together with the team.


Prema Manilal

Head Teacher Preschool

Kia Ora, I am Prema and was born in South Africa. I have 20 years teaching experience in New Zealand. I have a graduate Diploma in Early childhood and a bachelor in both Primary teaching. I am a fully certificated Teacher.
I believe that children are inherently divine. The whole world is a village to which they are entrusted. The home, school and the community are responsible for providing the child with a safe, loving stimulating environment in which they can blossom. I believe that play is important for the holistic development of the child and that it increases their curiosity, creativity and imagination. I am also sensitive and responsive to the different cultures and heritages of the children. I believe strongly in developing a strong home school partnership.




Hello my name is Kogi,

I am originally from South Africa. I am married, have 2 children, 1 grandchild and 2 cats. I moved to New Zealand 22 years ago. I love living and teaching in this beautiful country.

I am a fully qualified, early childhood teacher. My qualification include; postgraduate diploma in education, teaching diploma, special teaching needs diploma and a bachelor of health science.

Teaching is a passion to me because I enjoy being part of children learning and developmental experiences. I love teaching children from different ethnicity, religions, philosophies and backgrounds. I really enjoy being on a learning journey together with children. It excites me to fuel children’s enquiring minds – leading to exploration and discovery. I especially love that I can create lifelong learners. It gives me great please to help people unleash their personal potential so they can achieve to their maximum. I am deeply touched by seeing that I can make a difference in children lives. My aim is to provide a safe, caring, supportive and happy environment for each child so children can challenge themselves. I also aspire for each child to be confident and socially competent so they can take their rightful place in society.

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