At Busy Bees Brooklyn, 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 centre can be a big decision. We would be delighted to share in your child’s learning journey.
Our centre promotes an inclusive environment where tamariki develop knowledge and understanding of New Zealand’s dual heritage, culture, language and identity as well as recognising the diverse cultures of our community. We communicate, engage and work in partnership with parents and whānau regarding all aspects of children’s learning, interests, goals and holistic development.
Kākano Room (up to 18 months) Kākano means seed in Māori and just as a seed needs to be nurtured and cared for to grow and reach it’s full potential, so do our babies! Our Kāhano Room is based on building loving and trusting bonds between pēpi. Kaiako work closely with whānau to understand children’s cues and develop a routine that supports tamariki natural rhythms. Kaiako utilise sensory play, outdoor exploration, music and movement to create a fun, interactive atmosphere whilst maintaining a focus on the love, care and affection that pēpi need to thrive. Our approach is guided by the uniqueness of each child. We recognise that every child is different, and we strive to meet their individual needs by creating a safe, nurturing, and challenging environment.
Pihinga Room (18 months-3 years) Pihinga means seedling in Māori and just as seedlings are busy growing and developing, so are our toddlers and young children. We know big changes happen during this time like increased independence and more curious questions. The Pihinga Room environment is prepared to entice children’s curiosity and exploration where testing, trying and challenge is valued. We support childhood learning with a curriculum that is developmentally appropriate and supportive of all children during this age of discovery and wonder.
Kōhuri Room (3 -5 years) Kōhuri means sapling in Māori, and just like saplings, our older children are growing strong and independent – gaining confidence and competence as they grow. Our preschool programme provides opportunities throughout the day for children to be involved in contributing to the curriculum, helping to make decisions about what is set up, and sharing their ideas to slowly prepare our little ones for their next learning adventure. The room is full of challenges for our children to grow and spread their wings. Tamariki are encouraged to care for others, the environment and their own property and are supported to understand their growing sense of responsibility for themselves and the world around them. A daily kapa haka group introduces children to waiata while supporting their motor skills development.
Our very talented Centre Cook lovingly prepares morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea daily. Our Nourish menus are dietitian approved and have been thoughtfully designed following the New Zealand Food and Nutrition Guidelines and the Ministry of Health Healthy Eating for Babies, Toddlers and Children. We are striving to achieve the Heart Foundation Tohu Manawa Ora Healthy Heart Award, and our nutritious meals reflect the learning we have all gained from being part of this programme.
Here at Busy Bees Brooklyn, our children are the heart of our centre and community. Aroha and whanaungatanga drive us and forms the foundation of our philosophy. We believe that every child deserves to know they are valued and respected and stive to ensure all tamariki feel safe and nurtured in a fun learning community. Kaiako foster, enrich, and support the relationships of the people, places and things that make each child unique. We empower our tamariki to direct their own learning, to share their culture and identity and to develop a sense of kaitiakitanga (guardianship) of the environment. By fostering independence this leads to a sense of achievement and well-being (whakamana).
My child is very happy here and always comes home smiling having done something new or interesting every day. The staff seem very caring and always call if they have any concerns.
Busy Bees Brooklyn has been very welcoming and supportive on our journey so far. The staff are professional and caring and are more than happy to work with parents to provide the best care for the tamariki. I would therefore be very likely to recommend this daycare to family and friends.
The space for the kids is wonderful - indoor and outside with covered areas. There always seems to be new toys/experiences for the kids which is great. The teachers are wonderful and kind.