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CMKA Office

CMKA Office

Providing quality and affordable early childhood services in the South Auckland and Franklin areas since 1952
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The Prime Minister John Key and MP Judith Collins visited our unique one-stop family support venue at Takanini Child and Family Centre on 8 August 2014.

Open since the beginning of 2014, the complex is housed in building that include a range of eco- features including passive ventilation systems, solar panels that generate electricity which can be put back into the grid, and water tanks used for irrigation and flushing of toilets.

Our brand-new early learning centre on this site enjoys a north-facing building that is bathed in natural light and opens out onto a large playground featuring natural materials and play spaces for all ages, an area for community gardens and an orchard.

This venue is unique as it comprises a range of Early Childhood Education and Family Support services:

  •  Early Learning Counties Manukau ELCM-Takanini is licensed for 96 children, 12 under 2 years and 84 over 2 years, grouped in four separate play spaces. This service offers 20 hours free for children aged 2,3, 4 and 5 years of age, sessions from 8-12 and 1-5, six hour sessions and long days for working parents from 7.30 to 5.30. A cooked lunch is provided every day for $1. This service is open all year with a only a short closure over Christmas and two days in July to provide our staff with professional development to support the provision of high quality teaching and learning.


  • The Family Service Centre is operated by Great Potentials Foundation where they provide:

Ø  HIPPY Home Instruction for Parents Pre-schoolers and Youngsters

Ø  Counselling

Ø  Budgeting

Ø  Parent courses

Ø  Adult literacy

Ø  Play group from 9-12 every Tuesday and Thursday where parents can come stay and play with their children and have a coffee and meet other parents.

Ø  Health Services including Plunket visits, Diabetics clinic, Women’s Health

Ø  Triple P Parenting Programme

  • The CMKA Play Truck operates a service which goes out into the community to showcase to parents the value of ECE, and provide information about how to support their child learning through play. This service is funded by the Ministry of Education to increase participation in Early Childhood Education in Takanini and Manurewa.


  •  CMKA Head Office is located at this site, providing support for all 29 of our kindergarten and early learning centres. 

Term Dates


Early Learning Centres
Friday 12th January 2018 to Friday 21st December 2018

Centres OPEN during term breaks
Tuesday 16th January 2018 to Thursday 20th December 2018

Centres CLOSED during term breaks
Term 1

Friday 19th January to Friday 13th April 

Term 2

Monday 30th April to Friday 6th July

Term 3

Monday 23rd July to Friday 28th September 

Term 4

Monday 15th October to Thursday 20th December






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CMKA offers limited spaces for 2 year olds up to 20 hours free in some Kindergartens.  

Conditions Apply!

All our kindergartens offer 20 hours ECE for all children aged 3 -5 years - Conditions Apply!

If you do not use your 20 Hours ECE allocation at our kindergartens, or your child attends for more than 20 hours each week,  the following fees apply:

Full day Kindergarten -  $4.80 per hour

 More on our Fees