We are well established in the local Whakatane community, playing an active part in providing our families with the best care for their children, along with strong established relationships with supportive services, to provide wrap around to support our families as needed. Our team brings an abundance of knowledge, culture, and experience that we are extremely proud of and we strive to make strong connections and work in partnership with family. We have 6 individual classrooms that cater for all ages 0-6 and our spacious outdoor area is a hidden gem, giving children the opportunity to run, ride, jump and even swim! We welcome whānau in our community to pop in and take a look!
Each of our Busy Bees McGarvey Road and Busy Bees Douglas Street centres have unique and special identities, working together to support one another, and our community, within our Core Values of Whānau/Family, Respect, Adventure and Passion.
Busy Bees Douglas Street provideswell-resourced learning environments, and our spacious and natural outdoor areas give tamariki the opportunity to freely explore and enjoy real grass, water play, a bike track, trees and real grass, to enjoy safe risk-taking and form caring friendships. In the warmer months tamariki can also enjoy swimming in the centres very own pool. We are located on Douglas Street in Whakatane, just round the corner from our McGarvey Road Centre, with both Allandale Primary School and Whakatane High School within walking distance from the centre.
Our unique centre has the bonus of two Montessori-inspired classrooms,. These two classes provide Montessori activities and resources, with the ability to weave free play as the children desire. Our on site swimming pool helps to encourage children's water confidence, safety, and other benefits including improved physical, emotional, social and cognitive development.
Our Kaiako (teachers) bring a vast range of skills, experience and knowledge to the centre and we are so proud of the quality, professionalism, and authenticity they each deliver within the centre.
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.
"The centre was so accommodating for our whānau situation. The teachers showed so much love and support towards the boys and it made me feel so confident in what and how the boys were learning. I love that Te Reo is embraced by all staff. Highly recommend if people are looking for a place where whakawhanaungatnaga and manaakitanga are practiced."
Parent Feedback | Feb 2023
"From exactly day one, the centre have been nothing but accommodating, lovely, warm and most of all welcoming to all. Completely diverse and an accepting environment full of love and trust between the kids and the teachers. How could I NOT recommend a place that’s had not only my daughters heart but mine too, as her mum. I have been recommending this centre for 3 years to my mum friends and I don’t regret it AT ALL
Parent Feedback | Dec 2022
"Lovely friendly teachers and staff. Great class rooms and outdoor play area. Lots of activities to keep children stimulated and lots of little extra celebrations or occasions to keep things fun like dress up day tomorrow. My son is always happy to go every day and that's how I know it's a great place run by awesome people."