At Busy Bees, 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 and we welcome you to call or visit anytime.
Cultural Identity Supporting our children to be confident in their identity, language and culture as citizens of Aotearoa, to be culturally strong in who they are (Te Ara Poutama pg.12).
Independence (Tino Rangatiratanga) Children have agency to create and act on their own ideas, develop knowledge and skills in areas that interest them and, increasingly, to make decisions and judgements on matters that relate to them (Te Whāriki pg.18).
Respect Respect is an important value to us as a teaching team. We see this as a learning priority to support children to foster respect for people, places and things within their world around them.
Our Centre At Busy Bees Carterton, we believe that as an early learning centre, we have an important part to play in our local community and a very special opportunity to positively impact the lives of our young tamariki in their early stages of development. We are so fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful small town community, where we can get to know our individual families so well, with kaiako and families interact as a wider whānau, sharing and laughing together forms strong trusting relationships, support happy and settled children who take on transitions with ease. We strive to create a sense of belonging, welcoming new families in as part of our centre whānau.
Our Team Our kaiako (teachers) are wonderful, amazing people who are motivated and work together to provide the best possible care and education for children, which can be felt throughout the centre. Having such a happy and positive teaching team, with a sense of fun in everything they do, encourages a happy environment and children, with a strong sense of belonging.
Our team are professional, experienced and passionate within the Early Learning field, continuously upskilling their own professional knowledge of teaching and nurturing young children as well as their philosophy of education and knowledge of child development.
Food & Nutrition 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.
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We are committed to follow the aspirations of the New Zealand National ECE Curiculum, 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.
Awesome lovely staff, great atmosphere, always welcomed with a smiling face, and my son loves it here!
Parent Feedback Dec 2022
My son has been going since he was one and the staff both at Greytown and Carterton have been amazing, so patient and caring, he absolutely loves it there.
Parent Feedback May 2023
Sending my daughter to the centre was the best decision, she is so happy and loved here. They are the perfect family environment and my daughter has flourished.
Parent Feedback Nov 2022
The staff are absolutely gorgeous with the children, they make me feel welcome with warm greetings and conversations. My daughter loves the staff and has formed beautiful bonds with the teachers, that makes me feel I can trust them with my child. I regularly see what my daughter is up to and how she is progressing.