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Busy Bees Hastings




20 Hours ECE

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details-poi 923 Southampton Street West, St Leonards, Hastings 4120

details-phone 06 870 6950


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

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Welcome to 

Busy Bees Hastings

At Busy Bees Hastings, 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. You’re welcome to call or visit anytime. 

We cater for tamariki up to six and we are open from 7.30am-5.30pmMonday to Friday

Boys enjoying the fort on a sunny day at Busy Bees Hastings

Busy Bees Hastings has a cosy nursery, separate toddler space and an adventurous kindergarten environment. Each area has their own separate outdoor space providing endless opportunities to explore the natural environment. Our centre promotes an inclusive environment where tamariki develop knowledge and understanding of NZ’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.

Our Rooms

Rūma Pēpi - Nursery (up to 2 years)

We recognise parents/caregivers as the child’s first educators and through a supportive and collaborative approach we will work together to develop shared goals and aspirations for children. Our Nursery environment is based on building loving and trusting bonds between infants and teachers, who structure the day according to individual needs. Play is open-ended and full of fun as we embrace the unknown of how children explore and experiment with their ideas and theories of how the world around them works.

Rūma Nohi - Toddlers (2-3 years)

We know big changes happen during this time like increased independence and more curious questions. Our educators welcome each toddler with open arms and patience. Our Toddler 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.

Rūma Tuakana – Kindy (3-6 years)

Our Kindergarten 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.

We are proud to be a lunchbox centre. This promotes independence as well as encourages self-help skills in preparation for school. 


Our local curriculum incorporates learning dispositions, the principles and goals of our ECE curriculum Te Whāriki, and competencies derived from Tataiako. Our innovative learning environments are abundantly resourced with stimulating educational resources which complements the delivery of our local curriculum and educational programme. Our teachers are passionate about encouraging children's creativity, supporting their emerging social interactions, and celebrating their individual successes.

Passionate Teachers

We have a talented group of kaiako who have been selected based on their experience and passion within the Early Learning field, their professional knowledge of teaching and nurturing tamariki as well as their philosophy of education and knowledge of child development.


At Busy Bees Hastings, 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 celebrate whanaungatanga by connecting with our community through multicultural celebrations, and creating a sense of belonging, where everyone has a place, no matter what culture they identify with.

Boys swinging into the day at Busy Bees Hastings
Children engrossed in sensory play at Busy Bees Hastings
Young boy loving exploring with water outside at Busy Bees Hastings
Young boy immersed in imaginary play at Busy Bees Hastings
Friends enjoying painting a mural outside at Busy Bees Hastings
Preschooler mastering balancing outside at Busy Bees Hastings


Eli has learnt and grown so much over the past few months, he has really embraced his new surrounds and the teachers have been phenomenal in assisting with making his transition as smooth as possible.

Parent Feedback

They place emphasis on building relationships with the children and they’re very good with being attentive and understanding their needs.

Parent Feedback

Theon has such a positive experience at Busy Bees Hastings. He’s made so many friends too! The teachers go above and beyond to make him feel that he belonged to this community. 10/10!

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