At House of Wonder Gisborne, we believe children are unique and each come with their own special strengths. As a whānau, we support your child’s journey and individual stage of development, encouraging them to reach their full potential through a learner focused programme. We look forward to supporting you and your child through this journey. Come along to see us in the centre or call any time.
We cater for tamariki up to six and we are open from 7.30am - 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.
House of Wonder by Busy Bees is a unique, innovative space. Designed for children to explore and learn through their senses. The mauri (life force) of our centre supports rich language and gives children time and space to be curious, to enquire and make discoveries. Tamariki thrive where the natural environment meets their needs and enhances their ability too. We have a brand NEW playground for tamariki to explore.
Te Rūma o te Pītau (up to 2 years): We believe babies are born into this world with knowledge and understandings to explore and interact with the environment and those within it. House of Wonder Gisborne supports ngā pēpi to explore through nature and build understandings of te ao Māori. Relationships are based on the foundations of respect and aroha.
Te Rūma o te Mōkehu (2-3 years): Growing young minds requires special moments of wonder and awe. The Mōkehu Room has a play-based approach to learning, allowing children time and space to independently explore and seek understanding of the world around them. Whāriki time (mat time) supports children to come together as a whānau and reflect on their day and share learning experiences.
Te Rūma o te Mātātā (3-6 years): The kindergarten years are critical in preparing your child for school and life. We expose children to abundant learning opportunities involving nature, literacy, numeracy, emotional development, confidence-building, social engāgement and much more.
Transition to Kura
The concept of "school readiness" for children in their early years, is an integral part of our curriculum and programme at House of Wonder. Kaiako support children throughout their entire journey to continue to reach goals and achieve outcomes. Life skills are supported to best ensure tamariki have confidence to step out into the world with the knowledge and understanding that they are valued and that their learning and achievements are recognised. Early concepts of math, literature and sciences are woven into the curriculum to provide a rich foundation for their future learning.
The health and wellbeing of our tamariki is of the upmost importance. By placing intentional focus on each of these areas, we are providing tamariki with every opportunity to gain the skills and habits to take with them into a healthy future.
By focusing on the 4 key pillars of Hauora (Tana Tihana: physical, Taha Hinengāro: mental and emotional, Tana Whānau: family and social and Taha Wairua: spiritual wellbeing) we weave key aspects into the everyday curriculum with our children.
As part of this ongoing commitment to the holistic wellbeing of tamariki, we have researched and developed programmes focused specifically on the two key areas of Physical Activity (Move) and Nutrition (Nourish).
Our Centre Cook lovingly prepares morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea daily. All 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.
Me Akoranga – Our Learning
Children are the co-constructors of their own learning journey here at House of Wonder Gisborne. We take care to ensure that every child has their own learning journey which is tailored to their individual learner identity. Through Storypark and children's portfolios, parents and whānau are invited to be an integral part of their child's learning which follows Te Whāriki – Aotearoa’s Early Childhood Curriculum.
Me Kaiako – Our teachers
It is important that the teaching team here at House of Wonder Gisborne share the same love and understanding for our community of learners. Each teacher comes with their own set of skills and beliefs which add up to an excellent experience for ngā tamariki. A rich cultural index and passionate teachers makes for a well-balanced, nurturing environment for your little one.
At House of Wonder Gisborne, we value our community and take the opportunity to positively impact and make a difference in the lives of our tamariki, whānau and the wider community. We celebrate whakawhanaungatanga (relationships), along with the diversity within our centre. We welcome the community to participate in our programme and take part in the awesome journey of raising our tamariki to be great leaders.
Centre staff are wonderful. My son is always very excited to go to daycare everyday, if he is happy then us as working parents know he is getting the support, love, care and attention needed.
I love all the teachers and staff! I love how understanding and loving they all are. There is always someone available if I need a little help with the drop off and I love seeing all the creativity and love that goes into preparing activities and areas for the children to enjoy.
My son has been in the under 2’s area for about 7-8months now. When we first started I felt unsettled with my decision to leave him in care so early (he was just over 5months), so spoke it over with staff, who made the time to hear from me. HOW was very accommodating to my breastfeeding needs and eventually worked together on a plan so I no longer needed to feed him during the day. The food he’s served is way better then anything he gets at home. I appreciate the notices and use of Storypark. He’s thriving, he has friends, and LOVES the outside play space.