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What early childhood centres in NZ are pro-gun

gun education 2Evolve Education Group, with brands that include ‘Learning Adventures’ and ‘Lollipops’ has declared itself to be pro-gun.

There are other centres too that agree gun use should be normalised. 

Supporting Evolve and on behalf its other members the ECC’s spokesperson Peter Reynolds has said that providing gun education in early childhood centres is a good idea.

He told TV3’s The Project on 29/3/208: “Young preschool aged kids that are very vulnerable it’s a great time to learn about things like gun safety.  It’s the perfect time to be introducing some level of gun safety training and an idea of how to keep themselves safe and others. “

The ECC claims on its website to have “almost 1,200 financial members”.  It requires centres to join as an entity.  So say a provider has 15 centres, then that is counted as one member.

Below is a list of known ECC members, including the Evolve Group. 

Beststart, NZ’s largest early childhood group with brands that include ABC centres, First Steps, Top Kids, Early Years, and Edukids, is not represented by the ECC.

If your ECE service agrees with Evolve and/ or is introducing gun education let us know to include your service's name.

Should you know of any further ECC members or if any centre providers shown below are no longer ECC members please email your addition and corrections to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     

Owners or company directors

Centre brand names

Number of centres

Total child
number

Other information

Glennie Oborn & Allan Wendelborn

Kindercare
Living and Learning Foundation

47
2

3,912
235

Founders of the Private Childcare Federation that later became the Early Childhood Council. Also owners of the NZ Tertiary College for teacher training.

Allan Wendelborn is a chief advisor figure in the ECC.  Tim Lainson a property manager for Kindercare and Living & Learning Trust is part of the ECC executive.

Evolve Education Group Ltd

Learning Adventures
Lollipops
Little Earth Montessori
Pascals
Little Wonders
Little Lights Kindy
Active Explorers

23
49
6
4
11
1
34

1,367
3,848
303
269
827
50
2,500

Following announcement of the gun education kit shares dropped from $0.54 on 26 and 27th March to $0.52 on 29th March.  Decline continued with shares at $0.47on 9th April.  On 3rd April intention to sell PORSE in-home brand was announced. 

Auckland Kindergarten Association

Kinz

5

295

 

Lonnie Parker and Ashton Parker

Bright Sparks

3

344

 

Ross Penman

Prodigy

3

137

 

Maria Johnson and Craig Johnson

Little School
Khandallah Nursery School

3
1

127
30

 

Maree Moselen

Next Generation

3

100

 

Darius Singh and Nikeeta Singh

Magic Kingdom
Fern Garden
Milky Way
Chrysalis ELC

1
1
1
1

60

40

27
150

 

Dianna Jenkinson and Darren Jenkinson

Fundamentals (ChCh)

2

82

 

Nazneen  Gluga and Elvis Gluga

Busby St Childcare
Care-a-lot Childcare
Castor Bay Infant

1
1
1

36
21
20

 

Annabel Sloss and Hamish Ensor

Annabel’s

9

463

 

Margie Blackwood

Kids Kampus

1

65

(Margie is a Past President of the ECC.  Theresa Dodd  who works at Kids Kampus is the current President of the ECC)

Mira Mautner and Ira Mautner

Pukeko Preschool
Pukeko Treehouse

2
1

75
67

 

Lyndsey Eder and Ian Shrimpton

Portobelo  (ChCh)

3

133

 

Michelle Pratt, Nicola Pendergarst and Kelly Lambert

New Shoots

7

726

 
 

Toddlers Turf

1

75

Licensee Jill Oliver is a former ECC executive member

Sue Wayman

Small World Preschool

1

28

Former ECC executive member

Subtotal as at 09 April 2018:  17 members with a total of 229 centres

This list is incomplete. Further ECE centres that are members of the ECC will be added as notified.

 

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