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Busy Bees Pahiatua




Meals provided


20 Hours ECE

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details-poi 31 Main Street, Pahiatua 4910

details-phone 06 376 6800


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

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What makes us Special

We are a small rural farming community in the heart of the Tararua’s. Our teaching community has a strong sense of connection and dedication for the well-being and education of the children in our area.

Our teachers are not just educators but active members of the community. They know the families, understand the local culture, and are deeply invested in the success of the children because they’re their neighbours, friends, and possibly even family members. The close-knit nature of our community all children feel secure and supported knowing that their teachers are not just faces at Busy Bees Pahiatua but part of their everyday lives.

In the same way that rivers join along the way, our tamariki come together, bringing their unique experiences and personalities, enriching the collective journey. As kaiako, we play a vital role in supporting and nourishing their development, just like the riverbanks guide the flow of the water.

Vision statement: Connecting Tamariki to the Community

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Our teachers are passionate about making a positive difference in children’s lives.  By sharing stories and laughter, listening to their interests, and learning with families we foster trust and connection with not only our centre whānau but with the wider community, including local schools.

Our spacious centre environment offers separate indoor and outdoor areas tailored to each age and stage of learning and development, with stimulating and aesthetically pleasing set ups, using natural resources to encourage curiosity and spark children’s imagination.

We also have shared spaces that tamariki can come together to share tuakana-teina (older-younger child) interactions, where wonderful teaching moments are shared.


Our Philosophy

Relationships - Just like the bridge connects one side of the river to the other, our learning community acts as a bridge, linking our centre and the wider community together. It’s a shared pathway where our tamariki, kaiako and whānau come together to support, learn and grow.

Community - The bridge represents the connections we build - between children, families and kaiako. It’s a testament to the strength of our community, each beam and pillar reflecting the contributions of individuals that comes together to create something substantial and meaningful.

Holistic Development - With a deep understanding of the local environment, our teaching community may incorporate elements of rural life and farming into the curriculum, offering children a holistic education.

Authentic Learning Journey - Just like the Mangatainoka River gracefully makes it’s way to the ocean, our precious tamariki embark on a journey of language, social-emotional development, and physical growth. Each of them is like a tributary, contributing to the overall flow of learning in our centre.

Our inhouse cook provides freshly made meals for children each day using our Nourish menus and recipes, based on the New Zealand Heart Foundation Tohu Manawa Ora | Healthy Heart Award for Early Learning Centres. We believe that through nourishing food, children are fueled to thrive physically and mentally, whilst enjoying the benefits of coming together and connecting as a group at mealtimes. 

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

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, right from their early exploration of the world around them, through to preparation for school.

Learning Priorities

Language and Communication - Fostering tamariki communication and holistic creativity.

Social and Emotional Development - Nurturing social and emotional skills in our tamariki to set them
up for lifelong learning.

Physical Development - Fostering fine and gross motor skills through a range of learning opportunities.


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Amazing staff who you can tell genuinely care about the kids, their well being and growth. Always lots of activities for all different interests.

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