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Busy Bees Avonhead




Meals provided


20 Hours ECE

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details-poi 188 Yaldhurst Road, Sockburn, Christchurch 8042

details-phone 03 342 5421


details-clock 7:30am - 5:30pm, Monday to Friday

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Welcome to Busy Bees Avonhead

At Busy Bees Early Learning Centre in Avonhead, Christchurch, we value every child and see them as unique and a special taonga. We understand that your child’s education and care is a priority and that choosing the right childcare centre can be a big decision. We would be delighted to share in your child’s learning journey. You’re welcome to call or visit anytime.

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Our Team

At Busy Bees Avonhead, our committed team are dedicated to providing the best possible care and education for your children. We foster an environment of support and respect, not only for each other but also for the tamariki and whānau, and we believe that it is this open communication and cooperation that contributes to having calm and contented children. With a shared desire for best practice, our team is passionate about creating a positive and enriching experience for every child under our care.

Our Community

We place emphasis on building strong community connections that extend beyond our centre. Holding regular parent evenings provides an opportunity for open communication and meaningful engagement between kaiako and families. We also actively engage with our local community through various events and drives, supporting organisations such as the SPCA and Salvation Army. These activities within the local Avonhead community help to instil the values of compassion and social responsibility in our children.  These are also cultivated within our early education centre through tuakana-teina relationships, where older tamariki take on a nurturing role towards younger tamariki. This approach not only strengthens connections among the children but also promotes empathy, leadership, and a supportive learning environment for all.

Strong, Culturally Responsive Practice

We believe in celebrating the diversity of cultures by actively recognising and embracing special days from various cultures represented by our centre. We honour each child's family heritage by displaying whānau photos within our centre, as well celebrating traditional dress, allowing children to express their cultural identities with pride. We also encourage children to explore the meanings and origins of their names, fostering a sense of self-awareness and cultural understanding. Above all, our centre is a place of belonging, inclusiveness, and warm hospitality. We promote an environment where children can freely speak their own languages, fostering effective communication and deep connections between themselves and their teachers.

Nourish - Thriving minds, active bodies, nurtured hearts

Our dedicated cook and centre team is currently striving towards the Tohu Manawa Ora | Healthy Heart Award from the Heart Foundation. From wholesome ingredients to balanced portions, every meal is thoughtfully crafted to support healthy development and foster good eating habits from an early age.


Our approach to early childhood education is guided by the Montessori philosophy, which cultivates independence and empowers children to take charge of their own learning and daily activities. Respect is a core value of our centre where we emphasise respect for the environment, teaching children to care for and appreciate the world around them, as well as fostering an atmosphere of mutual respect among children, where they learn to value and empathise with each other's unique perspectives and backgrounds. As you walk through our centre, you will feel a sense of calm and harmony, and hear cooperative conversations among the children who are engaged and purposeful, confident in their knowledge and understanding of their activities.


We are committed to follow the aspirations of the New Zealand National ECE Curriculum, Te Whāriki. Te Whāriki envisages kaiako in early learning settings working in partnership with parents, whānau and community to realise this vision. The expectation is that, in their early years, children will experience a curriculum that empowers them as lifelong learners, right from their early exploration of the world around them, through to preparation for school.

Busy Bees Early Education Centre Avonhead
Busy Bees Early Education Centre Avonhead
Busy Bees Early Education Centre Avonhead
Busy Bees Early Education Centre Avonhead
Busy Bees Early Education Centre Avonhead
Busy Bees Early Education Centre Avonhead


I find the teachers very good in looking after our children. They are good in updating me about my son's progress and how we can work together to achieve his goals. I can't be more happy that my son goes to Avonhead.

Parent Feedback

My husband and I are so pleased about Avonhead. Since our son started attending your centre he started gaining his confidence and developing his skills and personality. He would also tell us stories about the kids and the teacher and what they eat for the day. He also enjoys every special events they celebrate in school. We highly recommend Avonhead to our friends and family.

Parent Feedback

Our young son spent just under 1 year here before starting school this year.
It's a fantastic place for children to prosper and the staff are ever so lovely.
It's the people that make a great place and they're AWESOME here for sure........
We thank you very much indeed and will pop in every so often and catch up.

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