At Busy Bees Pahiatua, we believe that as an early learning centre, we have an important part to play in our local community and a very special opportunity to positively impact the lives of our young tamariki in their early stages of development. We are so fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful community. Our teachers live locally, which supports our strong sense of community and comfortable and welcoming environment. We have many intergenerational family ties, where families recommend us as a safe and secure place for their children to thrive!
Our community is an extension of our centre, our close-knit relationships with our surrounding neighbours help support children to build a sense of belonging and pride in where they come from. We are proud to have a team of teachers who are all Pahiatua locals to help us bring the sense of community alive.
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 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.