Our environment is warm and inviting, designed to promote independence, responsibility, self-help skills and social development. The centre’s inside and outside areas have spaces that incorporate the integration of all curriculum areas. Children are surrounded by their friends who are of similar ages where they build strong friendships and learn from one another.
We provide a beautiful, large and natural outdoor setting that encourages curiosity and discovery. Our kaiako have close connections with all the tamariki, whānau, and the local community. Every day, we help children develop strong social skills and a sense of responsibility.
Our preschool offers opportunities throughout the day for tamariki to be involved in contributing to the curriculum helping to make decisions about what is set up and sharing their ideas. Kaiako work alongside the children to set up an environment which is challenging, provides curiosity and active exploration. Children’s self-help skills are very important at this stage and children are supported to go to the toilet on their own, wash hands, dress themselves, serve up their own morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea as well as get involved with washing their own dishes after their meals and tidying up their areas of play.
With the inviting smell of home-cooked meals and baking, you won’t have to search very far to find our fabulous and passionate centre cook who freshly prepares all meals in the heart of our centre. We provide all enrolled children with morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack.
Our sister centre, Busy Bees Kerikeri Nurseryis conveniently located within walking distance of our centre and provides exceptional care for children aged 0-3 years old. As tamariki reach the next developmental stage, we collaborate closely to ensure a smooth and thoughtful transition between our centres.
We proudly operate our own Busy Bees centre van, allowing us to help support our centre whānau who require assistance with transport to and from the centre. We also utilise this awesome resource for excursions out and about in our local community, which are always fantastic learning opportunities!
In preperation for Kura, we maintain regular visits to our local primary school, working closely with them to create an effective transition program. Our tailored approach focuses on foundational skills for a successful start to learning. From handling books and making story predictions to identifying rhyming words and participating in memory games, our transition to school programme covers a wide range of essential skills. Meaning an easy start for your little one at primary school.