The Learning Centre

Because Every Child Flourishes With TLC

The Learning Centre in Ponsonby, also known as TLC, is a full day childcare centre, which provides the highest quality of care, with small group sizes, the best teacher to child ratios, and caring, dedicated and qualified teachers. In a villa in Ponsonby, the emphasis is on providing a homely, natural environment with healthy food, and genuinely caring caregiving. 

TLC believes that critical to quality of care is group size and ratios. Our centre is organised into the following groups:   

Upstairs our Kakano room is for 6 or 7 children between 3 months and 18 months with a 1 to 4 ratio.  

Upstairs our Weka room is for 8 children between 18 and 30 months with a 1 to 4 ratio.  

Downstairs is a mixed room with two groups:

Our Kea group has up to 10 children aged between 30 months and 3 years 2 months with a 1 to 5 ratio.  

We have merged our Tui and Kowhai groups, to create a Tui in a Kowhai Tree group. This gives the children more flexibility to choose who they sit with during lunch. This group is usually around 22 children. 

Each group has dedicated key caregivers, and the team is supported by other qualified teachers who cover breaks and planning time. 

Fees & Charges

Note: the lower charges for over 3’s is dependent upon 20 Hours ECE funding. If you choose not to allocate 20 Hours ECE funding to TLC, then the Up to 3 charges will apply for that day.

Effective 1st April 2019. TLC will review fees and charges annually.

Effective 1st October 2018: Families with two or more children enrolled at TLC are eligible for a 10% sibling discount for the oldest child only

Click here for TLC's Enrolment Form

Click here for TLC's Timetable Update Form - non 20 HRS ECE

Click here for TLC's 20 HRS ECE Timetable Update Form 

Financial Policy


A $250 bond is required to place each child on our wait list. This bond is non-refundable if you decide not to place your child at TLC after a place has been offered to you. If you take up a place at TLC, then your bond is credited to your first invoice. Payment of the bond does not guarantee that a place will be made available. You can pay the bond to the following account: 02-0404-0261186-00 quoting your child's name as a reference. 

TLC does not 'hold' places, if you choose to defer your child's start date, you will have to pay full fees from the agreed date of enrolment for the maximum of 3 weeks, after that time, we can put your child on the wait list and will do our best to make a space available at the requested time. However, if a place is not available and you choose to withdraw your application the bond is forfeited as the place  had been made available at the requested start date.  

Payment & Fees & Charges

Payments, by automatic payment, must be fortnightly in advance.  

Late payment (more than 7 days after the invoice date) will incur a 10% penalty.  

Fees and charges are invoiced for statutory holidays, school holidays, and all days that your child is unable to attend due to illness.  

Fees and charges are invoiced for one 'teacher only day' per year. TLC endeavours to vary the day of the week that the teacher only day is on each year, and to give at least two months notice.  

If a child booked in for a 7 hour day, exceeds booked times/hours, families will be invoiced for a full day on that day.

Late pickup fees - children who are picked up after 5.30pm will incur a late collection fee of $2 per minute. This late pickup fee is also applied for collection of children with infectious conditions of greater than half an hour after the emergency contacts have been informed.  

We require 28 days written notice if you wish your child to leave TLC, or if you wish to drop or change days, or to change enrolled times

20 HRS ECE - Optional Charges.  

TLC has 'optional charges' for children over three who receive the 20 HRS ECE subsidy. These charges are for: Additional staff beyond the regulated adult/child ratios. Providing a fully qualified teaching team, who undertake regular and ongoing professional learning.

The charge for a 7 hour day is $59.0 and for a full 10 hour day is $74.00. The agreement to pay this charge will last from when the child turns 3 until the child leaves, or the family opts out of 20 HRS ECE funding for any reason. It is not permitted to claim a WINZ subsidy for the same days  as the 20 HRS ECE subsidy, however, if your child attends 4 or 5 days, you can claim a WINZ subsidy for days above and beyond the 20 HRS funded ones.

Financial Reporting

 TLC posts information about funding subsidies received from the government and how this is spent, which is posted on the notice boards at TLC.  

96 Vermont St, Ponsonby, Auckland.                                                              Phone: 09 376 6857