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Great Potentials Foundation - Papakura Family Service Centre

Counselling and Family Services

This is a professional and qualified team of social workers and counsellors who specialise in child and family work. This is a needs-based service, providing support at the Centre, and sometimes in the home, depending upon individual or family circumstances.  

This team offers a range of social work and educational services in the form of one to one counselling, and group work for children and adults.


Their services include:

  • Social Workers in Schools (SWiS)
  • Parenting Programmes
  • Budgeting Clinic, Thursday mornings, by appointment ph (09) 299 6610
  • Plunket clinic by appointment only.  Please phone Plunket (09) 298 9657


HIPPY, Home Interaction Programme for Parents and Youngsters, Papakura

HIPPY is a home education programme for children and their parents. Children aged 3 1/2 to 4 years old begin at the March intake each year. HIPPY helps the children to become more responsible, responsive and successful school pupils, while parents grow in confidence and positive attitudes to education.

HIPPY consists of 60 weekly programmes over a two year period. The enjoyable activities help to prepare the child for school by developing skills in language, listening, memory, imagination, problem-solving, numbers, writing, colour, shape and more. Each family has a tutor who guides them through the programme.

HIPPY enables parents to spend quality one on one time with their child, in their 15 min daily sessions.


Papakura Early Learning Centre - Preschool

Licenced for children 2 - 5 years, with 20 FREE Hours for children aged 3 - 5 years.

This programme includes activities which can be planned by adults or initiated by children spontaneously. The activities can be active or quiet and involve groups of children as well as individuals. Both indoor and outdoor play spaces are incorporated into the planning, and children are encouraged to utilise both areas.

Children are encouraged to choose from a variety of activities. These include family play, books, puzzles and games, music, art, exploring nature and science, building and constructing, water play, carpentry, sand and physical climbing activities, creative play and dough.

Papakura Early Learning Centre is licensed and caters for up to 35 children between 2 and 5 years old.

Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 2.30pm

We do offer 20 FREE Hours for children aged 3 - 5 years and have very reasonable rates outside this.

Professional accreditations, memberships and registrations

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Contact details

Papakura Family Service Centre
Address: 14 Maurice St, Papakura 2110
Phone: (09) 299 6610
Hours: 9.00am - 4.30pm Mon - Fri
Postal: PO Box 72 499, Papakura 2244
Email: Send a message[email protected]
Entry criteria
Open entry