St Heliers

114-116 Maskell Street, St Heliers, Auckland

Our Centre

In 1986, on St Heliers’ magical Maskell Street, Bear Park Childcare began. As the original Bear Park centre, we are extremely proud of our history and excited for our future.

Our teaching environments are spread between two houses on Maskell Street. Pre-schoolers have their own expansive space in which to grow and learn, while babies and toddlers are cared for in the infant toddler centre next door. Transitional periods are smooth and organic; children can rely on the familiarity of both buildings as they grow older and move from one space to another. Shaded outdoor areas, mature trees and well-established gardens are in abundance, to create a variety of learning environments – inviting children to explore, create and imagine every day.

The Bear Park mission – to create a home away from home – is very much in motion in our St Heliers centres. With our committed and passionate teaching team, our positive connections with the wider community and the loyalty of our Bear Park families, our St Heliers centres serve as an inspiration for many other Bear Park locations.

A Place of Belonging

We are proud of our heritage and aim to foster a sense of belonging in every child, every family and every member of the wider community.

Our Children

We foster a strong sense of belonging with our children, thus providing them with a solid foundation for learning.

Our Community

Our positive connections and sense of belonging within the wider St Heliers community is a strength we embrace and nurture.

Our Families

We are proud of our longstanding familial relationships. Many generations of families in the area have spent their younger days here.

Our Focus

We pride ourselves on providing each child with a feeling of ‘A home away from home’. This is supported through both of our centres being created within modified residential homes.

  • Innovation
  • Reflectiveness
  • Opportunity
  • Partnership
  • “Love the philosophy and the variety of activities! The outdoor space is amazing and teachers are professional, caring and highly qualified.”

    Bear Park St Heliers
  • “Bear Park holds high standards in all areas – staff, facilities, location, environment, catering, culture and especially the Reggio Philosophy – more than we ever anticipated.”

    Bear Park St Heliers
  • “The teachers are so lovely. My girls feel very safe and happy to go to see their friends and teachers at Bear Park. The teachers always tell me how my girls have been during the day which I really appreciate.”

    Bear Park St Heliers
  • “A very warm and friendly environment with passionate leadership”

    Bear Park St Heliers

Centre Information

114-116 Maskell Street, St Heliers, Auckland

7.30am to 6.00pm daily, Monday to Friday 

Centre information

Centre Owner/Franchisee: 
Rachael Snell

Centre Manager:
Rachael Snell

Preschool Supervisor:
Allie Edwards (09) 575 4132

Nursery Supervisor:
Evelyn Pattison (09) 575 7332

T: (09) 575 7295 Nicky Wurr

Age of children catered for:
3 months to 5 years olds
20 under two’s
40 over two’s
Bear Park Early Childcare Centre – St Heliers
114-116 Maskell Street,
St Heliers, Auckland
7.30am to 6.00pm daily
Monday to Friday