Unlocking your child’s

UNIQUE

potential

About Evolve

At Evolve Education Group we strive to be the strongest advocate for children growing up in New Zealand.

With more than 120 early learning centres across the country, it’s our job to give under 5s the best possible start in life. Our high quality brands include Active Explorers, Learning Adventures, Lollipops, Pascals, Little Wonders, Little Earth Montessori and Little Lights. While each of these brands have their own unique flavour, they all share the same core values, and offer outstanding care and inspirational learning in vibrant centres equipped with the latest educational resources. What we do nurtures great people to be their best.

girls drawing at daycare

Why choose us?

  • Evolve is a leading provider of early childhood education in New Zealand
  • Outstanding teachers who love what they do and are supported to excel
  • Purpose-designed centres with top quality resources that fuel your child’s growth and development
  • Rich learning environments that are vibrant, holistic and fun
  • Innovative programmes designed to bring out the best in every child
  • Happy, safe and inclusive environment for all children
  • Collaborative partnerships with children, families and our communities – we strive to make a real difference in people’s lives
  • With more than 120 centres across seven unique brands nationwide, we offer the perfect early learning experience for every child
Our Programmes

Evolve’s innovative and well thought out programmes are expertly crafted to engage, inspire and unlock each child’s unique potential. Our holistic approach to learning is delivered through rich and diverse educational opportunities that build healthy minds, bodies, families and communities. From physical activities that develop gross and fine motor skills, to literacy and numeracy, cultural awareness, sustainability and healthy food programmes, we’re here to ensure every child is given the very best start in life.

To find out more about our curriculum click here.

 

Ages and stages of development

Each age and stage of your child’s development marks an exciting new chapter on a journey full of milestones and challenges. To ensure your little one is provided with the best possible age-appropriate care and education, most Evolve centres have dedicated spaces specifically designed to optimise growth, learning – and fun – for each unique age group.

 

Babies

For babies to thrive, they need a calm, nurturing environment where they can establish strong connections and build loving, trusting relationships. At Evolve centres we work hard to develop one on one connections with every baby in our care. We have key caregivers and strive to follow each individual child’s home routines for sleeping and bottles. The daily flow in our nurseries is unhurried and gentle, giving our precious babies uninterrupted time to explore and learn, in an environment that’s warm, safe and loving. Just like home.

Toddlers

Our busy, energetic toddlers enjoy a curriculum that encourages adventure, inspires curiosity and builds confidence and independence. Evolve’s expert teachers empower little ones to take on new challenges, while also supporting the emotional, developmental and social needs of each child. With a curriculum underpinned by play-based early learning experiences, our toddlers explore languages, music and art, discover nature and science, and connect with friends, family and community through indoor and outdoor play, excursions, group work and solitary play.

Preschoolers

Our innovative preschool programmes are specially designed to support your child through the transition from early learning into primary school. Your little one will thrive in our creative, fun-filled and positive environments where children are encouraged to develop their own identity, individuality and capabilities. Evolve curriculums build numeracy and literacy as well as social, emotional and physical skills, through a combination of play-based and teacher-led experiences, activities and excursions. This is an exciting time for children, and our highly regarded transition to school programmes are there to ensure your little one enters the next phase of their learning journey with joy, confidence and an eagerness to learn. We are here to help your child develop fundamental skills, not only for the next phase of their learning journey, but for life.

Our Vision

Every staff member excelling so that every child fulfills their potential

Our Values

  • Belonging
  • Nurturing
  • Learning
  • Respect
  • Playful

Our Mission

Understand the needs and aspirations of our children and families and exceed their expectations.

Create an environment and team culture that supports every staff member to excel and feel valued for their achievements.

Take a leadership position in the ECE sector for delivering the highest quality early childhood education.

Provide a healthy, happy, safe and inclusive environment for all our children and staff.

Contribute to the development and success of the communities that we serve.

Deliver value to all Evolve stakeholders by growing a strong and sustainable organisation.

Executive Team

Bev Davies
Bev Davies

General Manager of People and Talent

Bev’s key focus is effective people strategies - both leading and facilitating the creation of them and practically bringing them to life so they make a meaningful and sustainable difference to organisations and the people who work in them. She is highly skilled at delivering innovative and impactful people strategies that help shape workplace cultures and achieve exceptional results.

Directly prior to joining Evolve, Bev was the General Manager People and Capability for the Auckland Kindergarten Association, and she spent ten years as Director Human Resources and Organisational Development for New Zealand Management Academies (NZMA). Before moving into this field, she gained extensive experience in executive level research roles and senior marketing communications roles, all of which serve her well in the world of HR, OD and L&D.

Stephen Davies
Stephen Davies

Chief Financial Officer

A Chartered Accountant and experienced CFO, Stephen has held senior roles across KPMG (Scotland and Auckland), Rank Group and Metroglasstech. Stephen joined Evolve in September 2016. He is experienced in all aspects of operational and corporate financial management.

Paul Matthews
Paul Matthews

Chief Information Officer

Paul has three decades of IT experience and significant expertise in all aspects of strategic planning, systems integration, implementation and support. For the past 16 years he has been a CIO/IT Manager and Senior Leadership Team member for organisations including Avis Budget Group, Hyundai Motors NZ, PORSE In Home Childcare NZ and now, Evolve Education Group. He is highly skilled at leading and supporting teams to improve delivery and service levels across all areas of an organisation.

Karen Shields
Karen Shields

GM Quality Assurance and Professional Learning

As a highly respected education professional, Karen has provided input at the highest levels in early learning in New Zealand. A former kindergarten teacher and fully registered teacher, she joined Evolve from the Counties Manukau Kindergarten Association, where she held the roles of General Manager, and more recently Chief Executive Officer. The Association operates both kindergartens and early learning education and care centres. Prior to this, Karen was a Senior Advisor with the Ministry of Education, where she was involved in the recently released Strategic Plan for ECE.

Ru Wilkie
Ru Wilkie

General Manager Marketing

Ru has been a successful strategic marketing and sales consultant for 16 years, primarily in the corporate and medium to large organisation space, including Telecom (now Spark), Vodafone and New Zealand Post. Over the past nine years she has worked predominantly in the education sector, using her significant expertise to grow student enrolment numbers, drive sales and boost business outcomes.

She led the rebrands for NZMA and Aspire2’s newly acquired business, created the Ignite Colleges brand from its inception, and has developed and implemented impactful sales and marketing strategies across both the domestic and international businesses of these organisations. She joined the team at Evolve in 2018.

Kirsten Long
Kirsten Long

General Manager Centre Operations

Kirsten joined Evolve as General Manager Centre Operations in November 2018, driven by the opportunity to deliver exceptional outcomes for children through an empowered, highly functional team and streamlined systems and processes. A results-driven performer with a wealth of operations, sales and marketing expertise, Kirsten is focused on delivering to Evolve’s three year plan.

She held senior leadership roles in the manufacturing and tourism sectors before moving into education in 2014 to better support growth opportunities for adults.