ABC Manly Central

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ABC Manly Central is a quality education and childcare centre surrounded by native bush and beaches, caring for 40 children in Manly on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula. Our centre is separated into two classrooms, ‘Adventureland’ for the over two year olds and ‘Tiny Toes’ for the under two year olds.

ABC Manly Central has a home away from home feeling where parents and whānau are encouraged to be involved in our programme as much as possible. We have a relaxed and nurturing atmosphere and we are lucky to be a part of a tight knit community, allowing our children, teachers and whānau the opportunity to take regular local excursions.

Our experienced teachers are from the local community, and their long service enabled strong links with our local businesses and Primary schools to be developed.

Tiny Toes is for children aged two years and under. This separate classroom offers a large space, for a maximum of 12 children. The home-like environment ensures children’s routines from home are met, creating consistency between home and centre. Teachers are very respectful towards our youngest children by being on the floor with them and following each individual child’s cues and rhythms. We are proud to offer an environment where the experiences and activities provided and created encourage our youngest tamariki to explore the world around them.

Adventureland is for children aged two years to five years and focuses on supporting children’s growing independence before heading off to primary school. We provide many different curriculum areas for children to explore, focusing on creating a sense of awe, wonder and curiosity. Our open flow classroom allows for children to independently explore the environment, whilst also learning from others in a social context.

Our unique Be School Ready initiative has been developed to ensure that children leave the centre as confident, capable learners and are prepared for the next step in their education journey.

We have four pets which the children help to take care; a rabbit, fish, frog and a mouse. Our centre provides nutritional morning and afternoon teas which the children help to prepare. Children bring their own healthy packed lunches which supports their growing independence and preparations for school. We have morning and afternoon sessions available, along with short day and long day attendance options.

kind words from our parents


I always feel welcomed at ABC Manly, the teachers are thoughtful, knowledgeable and most importantly they care. My child is well on the way to becoming school ready thanks to their hard work.


Thank you for taking such great care of our children. It’s wonderful to see them thriving and building such great relationships.


My grand daughter is very ready for school and will thrive. With all the love and support from the teachers at ABC Manly Central she has grown into such a competent and capable learner. She is well prepared for her next chapter. Thank you everyone.


We will be so sad for Lily to leave ABC Manly for primary school. All the staff have always been amazing with her and she has flourished during her time at the centre, blossoming into a very competent and confident young lady. Thank you so much for all your input, patience and love.


ABC Manly Central is a very positive and caring environment and both my boys love attending and are thriving on the stimulation from the games and activities provided. The staff are amazing and I feel like they are attentive to my sons’ needs – they know when they need a little more attention and when they are happy to be left to their own devices! Very happy with the centre and it is a big reason I am reluctant to move for work and would rather commute.


Extremely happy with my child’s centre and teachers, always making me and my child very welcome. Staff always taking such great interest in each child’s development, interests and strengths, overall wrapped with the centre.


My daughter loves the centre, some days she doesn’t even want to go home. Most days I get her out of the car and she’s off and I have to quickly grab her bags and run after her and as soon as we walk through the gate she’s off to play with the other kids or find some toys to play with. I will be enrolling my future kids at ABC Manly Central, it’s a great, friendly and very welcoming centre.


School Holiday Fun

Every school holidays at ABC Manly Central, we hold a special school holiday programme which entails lots of different and  fun things on each day that the children can look forward to. We realised that a lot of our children have older siblings who go to

Bus Trip

Recently at ABC Manly Central two teachers took three children to try out the bus route that we want to start using to get to the library! The children were super great listeners as we had to walk up the hill to the bus stop… from here we waited and

Visiting the RSA

The tension and anticipation at ABC Manly Central had been building for a long time for both the children and teachers. We had spoken about going on a trip, but where could we go? We thought that the first trip should really...