The Y Manurewa Early Learning Centre

Early learning with children at its heart

We are big believers that children learn best while they are having a blast, so at The Y Manurewa Early Learning Centre (formerly known as the YMCA), we place a big emphasis on children learning and having fun at the same time.

That’s why our centre has a great school ready programme as we take children every week to the local school as we are fortunate to be located right on the school grounds. Our environment is set up beautifully to support children’s learning and development and we place a huge emphasis on making our environment stand out.

We provide a multicultural environment that we are exceptionally proud of, which meets the needs and aspirations of children and their whanau.

At The Y Manurewa Early Learning Centre we have fully licenced teachers, who are passionate about providing a high quality education that is tailored to the needs of each child, and the wider community. We believe building strong kids results in strong communities – if you share that vision, we would love to have your child at our centre.

Key info

Operating Hours

Monday to Friday 8.00am - 5.00pm


29 McKean Ave, Manurewa

(Located on-site at Manurewa West Primary School)


Phone: 09 267 0673


Our curriculum

Our goal is to educate children in a safe, caring and fun environment, which sees us having exciting programmes, including Music and Movement, Healthy Heart and our getting School Ready Programme. Our values align with the nations Te Whariki Early Childhood Curriculum, set by the Ministry of Education. Our aim is for the children we teach to grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators on a holistic level. We also want them to realise that they make a valued contribution to society – because we truly believe that building strong kids results in strong communities.Our goal is to provide a programme that ensures a complete and holistic learning experince for children of different ages and development stages.

Explore, learn & smile

Our outside area is protected by a mighty Puriri tree, which shelters us from the seasonal elements. Our tree is located at the front of our centre and centralises our playground area. Children are able to explore the surroundings of our tree and enjoy the natural resources around them. You will find children in our mud pit, sandpit, watering our vegetable garden or simply exploring our large deck area with their bikes.

We encourage our children to explore the natural world around them and we often do gardening and picking fruit from our fruit trees. Our centre explores nature indoors and outdoors and you will often find provocations and set ups using natural resources from our garden so children are able to explore using all five of their senses.

Strength & success

We offer a range of learning experiences for children to explore. This includes the way we set up our learning environment to allow children to explore open-ended resources. We offer natural resources that allow children to learn about the world around them and we do this through provocations. We nurture children’s wellbeing and making sure, we build a sense of belonging for the child and their whanau when they start at our centre. Our environment is seen as inviting and calm and we are here to tend to children’s needs and build on their lifelong learning.

Jump, move & have fun

Our close connection to Manurewa West Primary school next-door means that our children are able to utilise the school grounds and explore the outdoor environment. This includes exploring the basketball courts, run around the big field and playing on the playground! We also do fun and exciting activities with children to help build on their gross motor skills such as yoga and dancing and we facilitate this in our everyday learning experiences for children.


Refer a Family

Do you have friends or whānau looking for an Early Learning Centre for their child? Refer them to us and you will both score a $50 voucher or two weeks free, no fees, to say thanks. We encourage you spread the word! Every referral you make contributes to building a stronger, more vibrant Y community.

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Why choose us?

Fully Licensed

Our facility is a fully licensed childcare and education facility under the Ministry of Education for children aged 6 months - 5 years

MOE Audited & Accredited

Our early learning centres are audited and accredited by the Ministry of Education

Qualified Staff

Our staff are fully trained, professionally qualified and committed to on-going personal development

Safeguarding Accredited

YMCA North is Aotearoa’s first and only accredited organisation through the Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF) as a child-safe organisation. Find out more.

20 Hours Free ECE

YMCA Early learning centres offer the 20 ECE hours free for all children aged 3 and over

WINZ Subsidies Available

WINZ Subsidies are available for qualified families

YMCA Whanau

"I would like to say thank you for your professionalism and that it has been a great pleasure meeting you all. I know the children have thoroughly enjoyed their time at the YMCA."

YMCA Whanau *