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Pro-gun centres: Evolve and Early Childhood Council Centres

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

The business lobby representing the views of owners and providers of some childcare centres under the name "Early Childhood Council'  supports the normalisation of guns in NZ as in America.

Its spokesperson told TV3’s The Project on 29/3/208: for “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 requires centres to join as an entity. A provider who has 15 centres for example counts as 1 member.  The ECC claims on its website to have “almost 1,200 financial members.”  It has been claiming to have a similar figure for well over a decade.    

Early Childhood Council Members

  1. Glennie Oborn & Allan Wendelborn, own 49 centres under the Kindercare Learning Centres Ltd brand and the Living and Learning Foundation brand. As well as childcare centres they own the NZ Tertiary College.  A childcare centre employee Tim Lainson is on the ECC executive, thereby helping to influence executive members to ensure his employers interests remain paramount in the ECC's lobbying of politicians. 
  2. Auckland Kindergarten Association, own 5 childcare centres under the KINZ brand. It is opening 2 more.  Representation of its views by the ECC and ownership of childcare centres poses a risk to the AKA for retaining its government recognition as a public kindergarten association for the purpose of providing kindergarten.
  3. EVOLVE EDUCATION is a publicly listed investment company with 128 centres under the brands of Learning Adventures, Lollipops, Little Earth Montessori, Pascals, Little Wonders, Little Lights Kindy, and Active Explorer. 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 $0.47 on 9th April. On 3rd April intention to sell PORSE in-home brand was announced.
  4. Lonnie Parker and Ashton Parker, own 3 centres under the brand of Bright Sparks among other business interests in the aged-care industry.
  5. Nazneen  Gluga and Elvis Gluga own 4 centres under the brands of Busby Street ChildcareCare-a-lot Childcare, Castor Bay Infant, and Before Six early learning centre
  6. Ross Penman owns 3 centres under the Prodigy brand
  7. Maria Johnson and Craig Johnson, own 4 centres under the brands of Little School Ltd in Wellington and the Khandallah Nursery School. Their company Johnson Preschool Ltd has a 8.7% stake in Educa online portfolio system that collects data on children and for which the ECC receives commission for sales. Maria Johnson holds an additional personal 2.08% share in the Educa company.
  8. Maree Moselen owns 3 centres under the Next Generation brand in Auckland
  9. Darius Singh and Nikeeta Singh own 4 centres under the brands of Magic KingdomFern GardenMilky Way, and Chrysalis Early Learning Centre.
  10. Dianna Jenkinson and Darren Jenkinson own 2 centres under the brand of Fundamentals.
  11. Annabel Sloss and Hamish Ensor own 9 centres under the brand of Annabel's in Christchurch.
  12. Margie Blackwood owns 1 centre under the brand of Kids Kampus in Auckland.
  13. Mira Mautner and Ira Mautner 3 centres under the brands of Pukeko Preschool and Pukeko Treehouse
  14. Lyndsey Eder and Ian Shrimpton owns 3 centres under the brand of Portobelo 
  15. Michelle Pratt, Nicola Pendergarst and Kelly Lambert own 7 centres (licensed for 726 children) under the brand of New Shoots Ltd
  16. Sue Wayman owns 1 centre under the brand of Small World Preschool in St Albans Christchurch
  17. Juliet Wensley owns 1 centre under the brand of Fingerprints Christian Preschool in Christchurch
  18. Monique Kilgarriff owns 4 centres under the brands of Little Orchard and Douglas Street in Whakatane
  19. Hamish Davidson (and family) own 3 centres under the Puddleducks brand in Palmertson North
  20. Gregory Parker and Vincent Grgicevich own 6 centres under the Junior Junction Ltd brand in Auckland and Hamilton
  21. Michelle Tod-Bosch & Adrian Tod-Bosch own 2 centres in Takapuna under the brands of Lakeview Kindy and Peekaboo Childcare
  22. Tracy Summerfield owns 2 centres under the brand of The Cat's Pyjamas Childcare Ltd in Christchurch
  23. Ann Barrowclough owns 1 centre known as City Heights in Dunedin
  24. Phil Horan and Rosalin Horan own 1 centre under the brand of Te Whare Aroha O Nga Mokopuna Ltd in Hastings
  25. Julie Kydd and Kaye McElwee own 1 centre known as Imagine Preschoo Ltd in Lower Hutt
  26. Parul Gupta owns 2 centres - the Waipuna Preschool and Tiny Turtles Educare
  27. Toni New owns 1 centre - Creative Kids in Auckland
  28. Beryl Langford owns 1 centre - The Little Castle in Auckland
  29. Linda Broekman owns 3 centres under the brand of First Learners in Christchurch Mairehau, Rangiora and Shirley
  30. Toddlers Turf
  31. Awapuni Under-Fives
  32. Uxbridge Early Learning Centre in Auckland
  33. Kaurilands Kindergarten in Auckland
  34. St Albans Community Preschool

Total:  34 members.


Have you been missed in above list? 

Please let us know. 

Should your early childhood centre no longer have its views represented by the Early Childhood Council please let us know to remove your service's name.

Corrections are welcomed 


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