Child care centres grow


Tamahere is becoming a fruitful area for child care enterprises.

An artists impression of the new Pentagon child care centre
An artists impression of the new Pentagon child care centre

Building is underway on a new centre on Tamahere Drive, which is expected to be open mid-2017.

And an existing centre in Devine Rd is expanding.

The new centre, The Pentagon, is being built by locals Tracey and Jonathan Quigley, who have lived in Tamahere since 2012 and have two young daughters.

This week the concrete floor was poured on their centre, which will cater for around 100 pre-school children, and when finished will be a dream come true for the couple, Tracey told Tamahere Forum.

“We have always dreamed of having our own centre and were seriously looking into purchasing one in the greater Waikato region when we realised the high demand for childcare not only in Tamahere but also on this side of Hamilton,” said Tracey, who has worked in early childhood education for 12 years.

“Before we knew it, 25 Tamahere Drive was for sale and we felt it was the perfect section for our dream centre, and so the planning began.”

It will be first time the couple have owned a centre, which will also cater for up to 20 children before and after school and during holidays, and will be operated by Tracey along with a centre manager and teaching staff.

Jonathan, who also operates another business will be in a support role.

Meanwhile, the long established Li’l Pumpkins, in Devine Rd, also has a building project underway as it adds a new classroom to cater for its four-year-olds who are heading to school.

Manager Lee Tulloch said the extra space will mean the centre, which has been fully booked for 18 months, will be able to add 30 children to its role to bring the total to 110.

Li’l Pumpkins building is expected to be finished in March.

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