About Us

Fame has been providing excellent preschool and afterschool care for the Whangaparaoa area since 2002.

Fame’s owner Lana van der Harst has created a loving community at Fame which brings all staff, children and their extended families together to provide a supportive and friendly environment.

Connections between families are encouraged at events such as regular fish ‘n’ chip nights, mum’s weekends and the end of term shows.

Lana has a special passion for dance, music and performance, and believes they encourage confidence in children, and develop a healthy aptitude towards learning.


The skilled teachers at Fame provide education following Te Whaariki – the National Early Childhood Curriculum. Learning is adapted to the individual needs of each child and their individual interests are pursued and encouraged.

The team of teachers at Fame have been together for many years, with very low staff turnover. This reflects the family-like feel of the centre as staff, children and parents alike are valued as part of the team. Along with providing excellent early childhood care, each of the Fame teachers have an area of specialty, and they develop extra activities and projects to engage the children in these areas, for example gardening, cooking, music etc.

As Fame grows into the new purpose-built centre during 2014, additional staff will be very carefully chosen to compliment the team, bringing with them their own special area of interest and skill.

Performing Arts

Fame offers a special opportunity for children to rehearse and perform in a production at the end of each term. Each morning and afternoon session during the term, a qualified performance teacher takes each age group for a lesson in dance, drama or music, and helps them prepare for the show.

The teachers all participate in the shows, in full costume and lead the children as they perform. This provides a non-threatening and fun environment for children to experience different styles of music, learn to play instruments, gain confidence and have a great time!

New Centre

Early in 2014 Fame moved into a stunning new purpose-built centre, just up the road from the previous one. Lana spent countless hours researching and working with top designers to produce an amazing environment which excites and engages both children and parents. The new centre maintains Fame’s open-plan layout where all ages are able to interact and learn from each other. Special areas are allocated for babies including a quiet zone, and an outdoor area with a sensory path encouraging gross motor skills. High staff-to-child ratios ensure excellent care and attention.

Fame welcomes enquires, and tours of the centre,

please call us on (09 428 5048) first to confirm


  • Preschool
  • Afterschool Care
  • Reading with Phonics – One to One Tutoring
  • Professional Development for Teachers and Caregivers


  • Preschool
  • Afterschool Care
  • Reading with Phonics – One to One Tutoring
  • Professional Development for Teachers and Caregivers

“Our older child went through Fame, she had a wonderful time and was prepared for school beautifully. When our 2nd child at Fame went through a serious illness, the Fame “family” cared, nurtured and supported not only our child but our whole family. They showed us their understanding, compassion, patience and ongoing adaptability to our unique situation, working with us and her ongoing health needs.
Our sincerest thank you.”
K. H.

“Dear Fame preschool, as a family we would like to express our sincere appreciation for all your hard work over the last six years. Our four children have grown in confidence since attending fame preschool. You have made a real difference in their lives and given them a great start for school. Thank you for your dedication to early childhood education, we will remember you fondly.”
Scott, Lucy, Grace, Cameron, Amelia and Rory

“We are very grateful for the ongoing excellent care Fame provides for our children. Our older daughter is now at school and thoroughly enjoyed her 1.5yrs at Fame Preschool, especially having some lead roles in the end of term shows. Fame helped to develop her confidence and social skills, as well as preparing her really well for school life. She now loves coming back to Fame for the after school and holiday programs. Our 2yr old is loving Fame Preschool and I was impressed to see how well she settled in when she started at just 10mths old. She often likes to show off the dances she has learned, and loves singing too. She has a great relationship with the teachers, and really enjoys her time at Fame. Thanks to Lana and the wonderful team who provide such amazing care for our kids!”
C & M Betty