About Us

Our Story

Establish is the specialist site development consultancy for the Early Childhood Education (ECE) sector.  In the simplest terms, we assist our customers to develop the best childcare centres in New Zealand. 


At Establish, we come to work every day because we want to solve the biggest problem with developing childcare centres in New Zealand. The process is so complex. Architects don’t know which rules and standards apply or how to optimise the site for childcare. Real estate agents don’t know what makes a site suitable for childcare or which areas have high demand for new centres. Planners aren’t sure what other consultants should be engaged and the Council Officers are worried about what the neighbours might say.

Until now, there hasn’t been a business that could remove all the complexities and get childcare centre developments off to the best possible start. 

Our mission at Establish is to simplify the complex – so that our customers can focus on developing their business while we focus on developing their childcare centre. We do this by leading the development process, from initial discussions through to approved Resource and Building Consents, keeping clients updated at all times through dedicated Project Managers. 

Today we are the most active consultancy in the New Zealand Early Childhood Education sector, with new centres being approved weekly all around the country. 

Our vision is to be the authority for childcare centre development so that we can improve the quality of the physical learning environment for all New Zealand children. 

Establish was launched in 2016 by Logan Whitelaw and Paul Rodgers as a response to demand from customers in their existing Town Planning consultancy who wanted complete development services for new childcare centres. 


The biggest challenges that our customers faced prior to Establish were:   

Establish solves these problems and, in turn, provides significant value for our customers in the following key ways: 

This adds up to time and cost savings for our customers, allowing for more of their budget to be spent on features that will enhance the education and care services they provide for children 

Our team is very proud of the contribution that we have made to the childcare development sector since our launch. We strongly believe that our work has already begun to improve the quality of the physical learning environment for New Zealand children and we’re just getting started!

Establish are the industry leaders in providing comprehensive development services for the childcare sector, including site finding, due-diligence, resource consenting and complete childcare developments.

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