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Kia Ora and Welcome to Kids Count Marne Road

Kids Count Marne Road first opened in September 2012.  We are licensed for up to 117 children, 20 of whom can be aged under 2 years, so we cater for children from when you need your child(ren) to attend a loving and nurturing environment until they graduate to school.

The back drop to our very large play area is the train track which delights the children as often the train driver will blast the horn as they go past and we also have our feathered friends, the chickens who lay eggs every day that goes into the baking and meals for the children.

We also have our own indoor heated swimming pool where we conduct free swimming lessons for our older children. For a list of services we provide, see the Services page.

What makes us unique is that we as a team at Marne Road believe in the child as a capable, free, equal human being. Our philosophy reflects our burning belief in the child as able and competent, and that we, the Kaiako, merely supporting their unfolding rather than seeing the child as needing to be “filled up”. If nothing else we look into the eyes of our tamariki and say, “I believe in you”.  We believe that every child needs someone who will advocate for them, defend them, love them, hug them, talk to them and is there for them no matter what.

Respect stands for: Rich, Environment, Sensitive, Playful, Equal, Courage and our Taonga.

The respect for our children are at the forefront of our Mahi.

Session times

All Day
7:30am to 5:30pm

7:30am to 12:30pm

(Free for 2-5 year olds)

12:30pm to 5:00pm

(Free for 2-5 year olds)

Caters for ages 0 - 5 years

09 295 0090​​

Our Rooms

Rising Stars

Here in our under 2’s room we offer a world of love, cuddles, laughs, fun and learning. Our daily program planning consists of activities set up based on our tamariki’s individual interests, special events and incorporating our children’s cultures into our learning.


We pride ourselves on providing quality care and a safe, loving, and respectful environment for our children. This is a place you can trust with the care of your children and truly call your home away from home and where we are all whanau.

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Koru Ferns Room

For ages 2-3 years.

Our room is filled with lots of Aroha and fun, our tamariki have different activities set up throughout the day. Learning and recognizing our numbers and colours.

We learn a lot through music and enjoy sensory play, our outdoor area is a huge hit for our toddlers to enjoy. We are happy to start toilet training if that is needed, so come and join us in our loving and respectful room and let your toddlers learning journey flourish.

Kowhai Room

For ages 3-4 years


In our classroom our children learn and grow in a holistic way, supported by the provision of quality care and a safe and healthy environment for our tamariki.


Our children enjoy their daily planned activities, based on their interests, along with free play.


We do have defined areas in our classroom which encourage our tamariki’s enthusiasm for learning as well as helps to build confidence and self- esteem.

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Hi 5's Room

For ages 4-6 years

Within our space, we emphasize the importance of providing nurturing relationships and an environment that engages our tamariki in learning.


As Kaiako, we know that tamariki learn best through their own curiosity and discovery. By observing our tamariki in our school environment, along with their friends, interacting with their surroundings, and following their instincts and impulses in a safe, educational space, our tamariki are able to craft their own education.


Exploration is an essential part of our daily activities, as well as the development of our precious tamariki. Whether we’re taking part in various play ideas, singing songs and listening to stories, taking part in transition-to-school activities, swimming in our heated pool, or celebrating special events, we’re always up to something exciting in and around our Hi 5’s room!


Hi 5’s includes our Transition to School program that ensures your child is prepared for a successful transition to school.

What our parents are saying ...

On behalf of Alex and myself (Mikaera's mum and dad) we would like to sincerely thank you for all the hard work and effort you and your staff put into making the Christmas celebrations for tamariki and whānau such a success today. The decorations were amazing, the kai was plentiful and delicious, the Santa was cool, and more importantly the hospitality was a true reflection of Manaakitanga, Whanaungatanga and Kotahitanga. A special and warm thank you to you all.

Malia-ana Turketo

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