Welcome to Busy Bees Apollo, where we prioritise creating a positive and nurturing learning environment for your child. We embrace a Reggio Emilia-inspired philosophy, which encourages children to explore their interests, take charge of their own learning, and thrive in a supportive and safe environment.
Our friendly kaiako foster a sense of belonging, trust, and understanding, ensuring that every child feels valued and included. We promote positive language and encourage happy children, building strong relationships and emotional well-being.
We celebrate the diversity of our community and value the richness of different home languages. Busy Bees Apollo provides opportunities for children to learn and appreciate various languages, promoting cultural understanding and open-mindedness. We believe that learning should be fun and exciting. Through events, parent participation, and a positive atmosphere, we create a joyful environment where children feel confident and eager to explore.
At Busy Bees Apollo, our purposefully designed Transition to School Programme equips children with the essential knowledge and skills they need for this next step, allowing them to make a seamless and successful move to primary. Our daily programme sees children participate in a variety of experiences such as literacy, numeracy and physical well-being. We also introduce a book bag to take home each day and a lunch box day on Fridays. All of which provide children with the best foundation for future learning.
We understand the demands of modern life, our flexible hours accommodate busy schedules, come by and visit us today!
Our inhouse cook provides freshly made meals for children each day using our Nourish menus and recipes, based on the New Zealand Heart Foundation Tohu Manawa Ora | Healthy Heart Award for Early Learning Centres. We believe that through nourishing food, children are fueled to thrive physically and mentally, whilst enjoying the benefits of coming together and connecting as a group at mealtimes.
Teachers also do regular baking with the children, which provides them opportunities to engage and learn a range of food preparations skills and fine motor movements such as pouring, sifting, spooning. It is a great hands on sensory experience for children to develop independence through self-help skills, practice simple maths as they measure and count quantities.
Our centre features six classrooms specifically designed for different age groups, fostering Tuakana/teina relationships and engaged tamariki. Our kaiako create beautiful provocations with carefully selected materials to provoke curiosity, promote critical thinking, and encourage tamariki to express themselves through various art forms.
Our Fern room (Ages 0-1 Years) is based on building loving and trusting bonds, our kaiako work closely with families to understand infant cues and develop a routine that supports children’s natural rhythms. When tamariki are ready to progress, they will head into the Nikau room (Ages 1-2 Years), and utilise sensory play, outdoor exploration, music, and movement to create a fun, interactive atmosphere whilst maintaining a focus on the love and care that infants need to thrive.
The Kowhai room (Ages 2-2.5 Years) is designed to help our tamariki balance the desire to be independent with the need to be nurtured and cared for. Our next room is Manuka (2.5-3 Years), where our kaiako support the unfolding autonomy of the older tamariki to encourage the child’s emergent personality to blossom.
Our Pohutukawa room (3-4 Years) supports the tamariki with social and emotional competence at a time when they are ready to engage in meaningful play with others. The Kauri room (4-5 Years) is where tamariki start to become more aware of their upcoming transition to school, our resources are reflective of the mediums children will be using at school. Kaiako observe and converse with children to develop projects based on their interests.