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Our Mission

We believe that children and families using our service will access a quality and enriched Oscar program that strives to satisfy and support our clientele. Each child has the right to feel physically safe, emotionally cared for and intellectually nurtured whereby trusting relationships will be encouraged between peers and carers.

We believe that providing quality care for children is best achieved when working in partnership with parents. Therefore a welcoming and transparent environment where parents have access to key staff to discuss their child’s interests and progress will be encouraged. Children and families using the program will feel a part of the community by being involved in local events and utilizing tourist businesses through our after school and holiday program.

Our core services here at Cornerstone Children’s Services are:

Before and After School Care
Fostering a sense of belonging for children and their families

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Our Community

Community Support

“At Cornerstone Children’s Services we understand that children learn in a variety of ways. As much as they can learn within our walls, they’ll learn an equal amount through their personal experience outside of our walls, in the community.​”
Through their interaction with peers, teachers and the broader community children will discover new things about themselves and the world around them – giving them a sense of where they belong.
Our inclusive teaching environment – where children learn together provides them with opportunities to strengthen community membership and become part of sporting teams, community groups and join in social events.
We’re currently involved in a number of community groups and events that provides the opportunity to see pillars of our community in action.

These include

Police, Fire Department and Ambulance services to help children learn about their role in our community
Local environmental heroes & workers who visit the center to teach recycling & gardening
Joined to local libraries
Visiting our local schools
Charity events and fundraisers held at our centers
Community based excursions and incursions

Supporting Our Environment

We also believe in encouraging children to learn about environmental and conservation issues – don’t worry, we do it in a totally fun way. At Cornerstone Children’s Services we engage with communities to show our support in many aspects.

This includes

Using natural and recycled materials
Being water wise
Energy conscious
Learning how to recycle
Caring for our vegetable garden
Raising and caring for animals
Natural Play areas
Indoor outdoor play flow

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Our Core Values

Growth & Innovation
  • We strive to reach goals, dare to be unique, challenge ourselves to evolve and exceed community expectations.
  • We challenge the status quo and continually improve the way we do things. We strive to grow as individuals and as a team.
  • We seek, share and develop innovative ideas with our colleagues, through education, the wider community, inspirational people, reading and more importantly from our life experience. Like the hungry caterpillar we gobble up all this knowledge and we transform … our butterfly moments!
  • We learn by doing. Our belief in ourselves and the people around us, gives us strength to try new things. We support each other on this journey together. With determination, flexibility and creativity, we resolve the biggest obstacles.
  • We acknowledge the challenges between growing our people and growing our centers. The more successful our center, the greater the capacity the business has to support us to grow and innovate.
Authentic Integrity
  • Being true and honest by saying what you’re doing and doing what you’re saying.
  • Integrity is at the heart of everything we do, without integrity, trust is broken and our relationships fail.
  • We are open and honest with ourselves, and in our dealings with others. We take pride in doing what we say we will do. This creates trust and confidence in and between us. If we can’t do what we say we will do, even with the best intentions, we make sure we let people know and work through a solution together.
  • We understand that living with integrity requires: taking responsibility, reflection, constructive communication, common courtesy and respecting others. There is no place for destructive gossiping, we actively stand up to it and stamp it out as soon as it arises.
  • Our integrity creates trust; trust is critical to love and is at the heart everything we do in building a better world for the children and ourselves.
  • Own it, actively participate and be proud of the outcome.
  • Ownership is taking personal responsibility for what we do, being proactive, making decisions and taking pride in our work. We believe there is only one failure, the failure to act.
  • Ownership is setting our individual and team goals, and identifying steps to achieve them. We measure and monitor our actions to improve what we do.
  • In ownership there is no place for blame, excuses or denial; these get in the way of us achieving our personal and team goals.
  • Taking action with the support and feedback of the team means we all grow and learn. It takes passion and courage to own what you do; and when we do, we inspire others to do the same.
  • We value each other, children, families, the environment and the wider community.
  • Respecting ourselves is at the heart of respecting others (educators, families, children and the wider community). By respecting and loving ourselves, we teach others to treat us the same.
  • Respect is a two way street, we are more likely to be shown respect if we show it first. Listening and valuing the opinion of others, even when we don’t agree with them, is the heart of respect. We demonstrate this by ensuring people feel heard and understood.
  • Respect is about treating each other equally as we would want to be treated ourselves.
  • The more we listen and understand different viewpoints, the more knowledge we gain, which often gives us new options to consider. We believe you only get what you give. By showing respect, we are role models for our colleagues, the children, families and the broader community.
  • Creating a sense of enjoyment through positive experiences.
  • We value fun. We take every opportunity to create fun in everyday activities, and in how we celebrate our successes and important events. We take fun seriously!
  • Fun energizes us; it fuels our connection with each other. It allows us to deal with the pressures and challenges we face as individuals and as a team. We learn and develop faster when we are having fun.
Learning & Development
  • Enriching our communities by creating an inspired learning and development culture through the curiosity of what’s possible.
  • We have talents, skills and heaps of untapped potential. We know they are there even if we aren’t always aware of them. We have a thirst and hunger to learn and to unlock our potential and amaze ourselves with what we find!
  • Communication opens endless honest relationships, leading to insight, understanding and shared knowledge between educators, families and children.
  • We value our relationships with everybody we come into contact with. Our relationships are based on effective, open and honest communication.
  • We practice effective communication to better understand others or a situation. We also communicate own our thoughts, ideas and feelings so others understand us. It assists us to resolve our differences, build trust and respect; and create a work place where creative ideas, problem solving, affection, and caring can flourish.
  • It assists us to communicate even negative or difficult messages without creating conflict or destroying trust. Effective communication includes skills and ideas such as: nonverbal communication, attentive listening, the ability to manage stress in the moment, and the capacity to recognize and understand your own emotions and those of the person you’re communicating with.
  • Technology provides us with further opportunities to be more effective in our communication. We use it to support, not replace, our face-to-face communication with others. We will use the latest technology, if it adds value to what we do and how we do it.
  • Together Everyone Achieves More.riching our communities by creating an inspired learning and development culture through the curiosity of what’s possible.
  • We support each other when the going gets tough. When team members are not coping, feeling isolated or simply having a bad day, we give them our support, encouragement and sometimes a big hug.

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Contact us

Rotorua: 027 292 3296

Dargaville: 027 352 2871

Email: admin@cornerstonechildren.co.nz

Find us: 14 Ti Street, Victoria, Rotorua

Hours of operation:

Cornerstone Children, Rotorua - 7am - 6pm

Dargaville Primary School, After School Care - 3pm - 6pm

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Our Locations

14 Ti Street, Victoria, Rotorua
This centre is conveniently based in Rotorua with much of the activity and operations happening here. We primarily reside at this site where our before & after school services happen.
Dargaville Primary School

Dargaville Primary is one of Cornerstone Children’s Services newly established After School & Holiday Program sites. Staff are locally based and dedicated to every child enrolled. Our convenient hours and quality of service are a trademark of our business, our site covers everything from WINZ subsidies to MSD funded programs. Be in quick to secure your spot!