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Busy Bees McGarvey Road


20 Hours ECE



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details-poi 101 McGarvey Road, Whakatane, 3120

details-phone 07 308 7777


details-clock Mon – Fri 7.30am-5.30pm

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Welcome to Busy Bees 

McGarvey Road

We are well established in the local Whakatane community, and feel privileged to care for many tamariki in our community and provide families with the best care for their children. We strive to create a warm and inclusive environment, where whānau always feel welcome and a sense of belonging. 

Our centre caters for tamariki aged 0-6years with areas dedicated to each age and development stage, whilst still providing a continuous flow of classrooms, and the opportunity for cuddles and chats 'over-the-gate' allowin tuakana-teina (older-younger) relationships to flourish.

 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. 

Natural Outdoors at Busy Bees McGarvey Road

Busy Bees McGarvey Road provides a supportive and engaging environment, where your child receives meaningful care, as well as personalised learning and development. Our centre environment is just amazing, with spacious and natural play areas, art and colour, plentiful resources, trees, real grass, splash pad, edible gardens, fruit trees... you really do need to come and see it for yourself!

Located on McGarvey Road in Whakatane, just round the corner from our Douglas Street Centre and right next to Apanui Primary School, McGarvey Road offers  excellent care and education for your little one, right in the heart of our community.

With a nurturing and engaging indoor environment and expansive outdoor play areas, you will hear children's laughter, music, and native bird song, and experience scents of fresh baking, freshly cut grass, fruit and flowers as you move around the centre.  Our passionate, knowledgable and experienced kaiako (teachers) provide intentional teaching as well as following children's interests, celebrating achievements along the way.

We are proud to be a lunchbox centre. This promotes independence as well as encourages self-help skills in preparation for school.  We encourage families to make healthy food choices and ensure their child’s pouaka kai (lunch box) meets centre guidelines as well as Ministry of Health criteria for Early Learning Services.

Teachers do regular baking with the children, which provides opportunities for them 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. 

Fruit Trees and Vegetable Gardens - Our centre has vegetable gardens and fruit trees. These gardens help tamariki learn through hands-on activities, encourage them to work together to plant and harvest, and teach them where food comes from. They also help children develop a love for nature and care for the environment.

Our centre has a strong multicultural base and our programmes are reflective of our children, their families and our amazing environment. Our on-site swimming pool builds water confidence and safety skills while also promoting physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development and we offer a wide variety of learning opportunities including a swimming programme, library visits and excursions within our community.

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. 

Nutritious Meals at Busy Bees McGarvey Road
Natural Resources at Busy Bees McGarvey Road
Nutritious Meals at Busy Bees McGarvey Road
Indoor Environment at Busy Bees McGarvey Road
Teacher and Child at Busy Bees McGarvey Road
Teacher and Child at Busy Bees McGarvey Road


"The teachers are welcoming, always taking time to greet myself and my son. They have taken great time to get to know him and his likes/dislikes. The teachers always share stories with great detail, I can tell they have taken care to pay attention to him and what he gets up to. The playground area and pool are also amazing!"

Parent Feedback | Dec 2022

"I love the playing environment at centre, the activities they get to participate in, the teachers are amazing and the centre manager knows the kids and communicates clearly when there are issues or problems. My son has grown so much with the awhi he receives here!"

Parent Feedback | March 2023

"This centre offers us everything. Flexibility, compassion and the teachers are very caring and have strong bonds with the children. My nearly 6 year old also attended here. Can't recommend enough! The manager is very obliging and my daughters teachers always give me updates on progress too :)) A+++++"

Parent Feedback | March 2023


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