Our tamariki and whānau feel a sense of belonging at Busy Bees Greytown, and we welcome new families in, to feel right at home too in our home-style villa. Our teachers live locally, which supports our strong sense of community and comfortable and welcoming environment. Our centre provides nurturing and stimulating environments for young children with its separate nursery and preschool rooms, with a specific infants centre and playground where children are supported to foster trust, develop relationships and explore their world in a safe space with dedicated teachers. There are also areas where tamariki can come together to share tuakana-teina (older-younger child) interactions where wonderful teaching moments are shared. We aim to promote the development and learning of each child, through positive partnership with parents and open communication at all times for family, tangata whenua, whānau, and community.
Our teachers are passionate about making a positive difference in children’s lives. By sharing stories and laughter, listening to their interests, and learning with families we foster trust and connection with not only our centre whānau but with the wider community, including local schools.
Getting 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 are so grateful for our beautiful and spacious outdoor area, with fruit trees, gardens and fresh cut grass, which keep our tamariki active and engaged, and provide the perfect environment for our tamariki to be children, to run, bike ride, laugh and play. You'll often hear laughing, singing and happy giggles when you arrive at our centre as children enjoy being busy throughout the centre. We welcome whānau in our community to come and look through our beautiful grounds.
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.
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.