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Busy Bees Motueka






20 Hours ECE


Meals provided

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details-poi 473 High Street, Motueka 7120

details-phone 03 528 5299


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

At Busy Bees Motueka, 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 look forward to sharing this journey with you and your whānau, to establish a tūrangawaewae, where you can share your child’s aspirations, and know they will be heard. You’re welcome to call or visit anytime. 

ECE in Busy Bees Motueka

Busy Bees Motueka believes that the environment is a child’s third teacher, and strives to provide a nature rich environment with unique indoor and outdoor spaces. Before our beautiful centre was established, this was once a café, where whānau would create memories to last a lifetime.  Here at Busy Bee’s Motueka, you will continue to sense this strong sense of aroha, as we foster relationships and strive on extension of learning. Our homely Kumanu Rūma (0-2 year olds) and adventurous Taruna Rūma (2-5 year olds) have their own large outdoor environments filled with nature, extension of learning, and endless opportunities of growth. Our natural environment allows tamariki to connect with Papatūānuku (the natural world) and gives them the freedom to explore and have fun, alongside the kaiako and tamariki.

Our Rooms

Kumanu Rūma (up to 2 years)

The Kumanu kaiako are committed to the wellbeing of your pēpi, and foster a sense of home through our collaborative relationships and manaaki with whānau. Kumanu kaiako utilise meaningful āmiki (story telling), waiata (singing), kanikani (dancing), taiao (nature), and tākarokaro (play) whilst maintaining a focus on the aroha and care that infants need to thrive. Communicating with you every step of the way, we take special care to ensure your pēpi has a safe, secure, and nurtured environment, tailored for their unique individual growth and development. 

Taruna Rūma (2-5 years)

The Taruna kaiako are very aware that through these years of learning, curiosity, determination, and independence plays a huge role in the tamariki discovery of capability.  The Taruna kaiako welcome each child with open arms, embracing each child’s independence and what knowing they bring with them.  We embrace child led experiences to support enquiry, and include opportunities that involve, nature, literacy, numeracy, emotional development, confidence-building, social engagement in the daily curriculum.


Our Centre Cook lovingly prepares morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea daily. Our Nourish 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.

Transport Service

We proudly operate our own Busy Bees Motueka centre van, allowing us to help support both new and existing 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!


We are committed to follow the aspirations of the New Zealand National ECE Curriculum, 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. You will see this woven respectfully throughout the learning documentation, as together we will celebrate the wonderful successes your tamariki will have.

Passionate Teachers

Our biggest strength is our teachers, their manaaki, and genuine care of tamariki. Our kaiako have a wide range of experience, and all share a passion for Early Learning Education. The kaiako each bring with them a kete of professional knowledge of teaching and child development, and nurture holistically, so that children leave Busy Bees Motueka with a love of learning, a sense of wonder and a strong sense of self.

Learning about Nature at Busy Bees Motueka
Sensory play with friends at Busy Bees Motueka
Sensory play at Busy Bees Motueka
Learn & play in Busy Bees Motueka
Learn & play in Busy Bees Motueka
Outdoor imaginative play at Busy Bees Motueka


Busy Bees Motueka is a really great centre, they are so involved in my daughters life. A huge role in her development and she's grown so much since being there. Definitely would recommend this center :)

Parent Feedback

My son loves to go to Busy Bees Motueka. Teachers are very kind, we love when they write something in the Storypark so we can see photos of our little one.

Parent Feedback

I personally love Busy Bees Motueka it definitely feels like an extension of our family for my daughter and I know she is well cared for .

Parent Feedback

I have had 2 of my pēpi in Busy Bees Motueka and they has been nothing but a beautiful experience. Great environment. Lots for the tamariki to do. Kai provided, as well as designated sleeping areas. With amazing kaiako I would definitely recommend to my whānau and friends.

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