Daily Rhythm

OUR DAILY RHYTHM daily activities & child-initiated themes Complementing our own Gaia (Earth) Education Philosophy, our approach to caring and educating is also deeply rooted in the teachings of Dr. Emmi Pikler and Magda Gerber, which are commonly known as the “Philosophy of Respect, Trust, and Care.” This philosophy emphasizes building strong relationships, slowing down, […]

Gaia Education

Education Philosophy gaia (earth) education ® At the heart of why, how and what we do lies the Gaia (Earth) Education Philosophy, which entails immersing our centres in biophilic buildings and environments that emulate natural eco-systems of the Earth. Our core values, curriculum, and outcomes for children are all designed to model and connect with […]


Active memberships industry bodies we are affiliated with: We proudly promote, model and demand the highest expectations of “world class” performance in childcare and we are members and/or voluntarily serving in the following organisations: Active board member of the NZ Early Childhood Council Active board member of the Rosebank Business Association Active board member of the Manurewa […]


our personal connections schools we partner with: Strong personal connections and support of our local communities in: Blockhouse Bay (where Darius attended the local daycare in 1974 [Blockhouse Bay Baptist Kindy],  and then local primary schools [Marshall Laing Primary and Christ the King Primary], and where Nikeeta also lived from the age of 12); Grafton […]


Our standing commitments charities we donate to: Nikeeta, Darius and our Leadership Team in each centre have personal reasons for their standing commitment to the following charities. We also have a further commitment by Nikeeta and Darius to double all proceeds raised in all our charity events: Autism NZ Blind Foundation Cure Kids Muscular Dystrophy Association of […]

Our Story

Nikeeta Singh & Dr Darius Singh our personal story Chrysalis Centre was the vision by a couple, Nikeeta Singh and Dr Darius Singh, who both have deep roots in teaching. With over two decades of teaching experience in New Zealand, Nikeeta is a qualified and accomplished teacher. Darius is a former university professor in engineering. […]

Vision, Values & Beliefs

Our Philosophies our vision, values & principles Our Simple Vision “Driven to leave the Earth in safer hands than ours – that’s it!” – Nikeeta and Darius Our Core Beliefs “Our ‘chrysalis’ is a protected stage of development, where care is first and foremost, followed by development and transformations that are calm and unhurried, yet […]

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