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Busy Bees Richmond


Meals provided


20 Hours ECE



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details-poi 34 Edward Street, Richmond, Nelson, 7020

details-phone 03 541 0617


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

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A place of nurture and discovery

At Busy Bees Richmond we are guided by a holistic approach, through building respectful reciprocal relationships between tamariki, whānau and kaiako. Parents love the rich sense of community, and our curriculum reflects our philosophy for strong relationships. Our guiding principles of whanaungatanga, manaakitanga and kotahitanga lay the foundation for our inclusive and holistic approach to education here at Busy Bees Richmond.

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Our centre promotes an inclusive environment where tamariki develop knowledge and understanding of NZ’s dual heritage, culture, language, and identity as well as recognising the diverse cultures of our community. We communicate, engage and work in partnership with parents and whānau regarding all aspects of children’s learning, interests, goals, and holistic development.

Our Rooms

Koru - Infants (0-1 years)
The Koru symbolises new life, growth, strength, and peace. This represents our philosophy of free movement for all infants and toddlers as well as having a peaceful and enriching learning environment where children can be nurtured and grow.

Harakeke -
Toddlers (up to 2 years)
The Harakeke symbolises strength, support and connections. This represents the close relationships we form with tamariki and their whānau. These strong relationships support the kaiako, whānau and tamariki as we work together to lay the foundations of a passion for learning, exploration, and a sense of belonging.

Manuka Room
– Young Children (2-3.5 years)
The Manuka tree represents growth and well-being due to its natural healing properties. This symbolises the growth of our tamariki and how they empower us to teach through their strengths and interests as we build their foundations for future learning.

- Preschool (3.5 - 6 years)
The Pohutukawa tree represents strength and celebrations. This is symbolic of us celebrating our children as competent learners, who acquire new skills which enable them to grow as individuals, confident in who they are and the impact they have on their own and others learning.

Dietitian Designed Menus

With the inviting smell of home cooked meals and baking, you won’t have to search very far to find our fabulous and passionate childcare centre cook who freshly prepares all meals in the heart of our centre.

Across morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, our Nourish menu provides foods that are minimally processed, avoiding recipes that are high in added sugar, instead using fresh, real and wholesome ingredients. Children are provided with well-balanced meals from the four main food groups (breads and cereals, milk and milk products, fruit and vegetables, lean meat and meat alternatives).

At Busy Bees Richmond we 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. 


Our local curriculum incorporates learning dispositions, the principles and goals of our ECE curriculum Te Whāriki, and competencies derived from Tataiako. Our innovative learning environments are abundantly resourced with stimulating educational resources which complements the delivery of our local curriculum and educational programme. Our teachers are passionate about encouraging children's creativity, supporting their emerging social interactions, and celebrating their individual successes.

Transition to School

At Busy Bees Richmond, we often get positive feedback from our parents and teachers from our local Primary Schools about our Transition to School program. We pride ourselves on our close-knit connection with our local schools and meet regularly to network with Richmond Primary School, St Paul’s School, Henley School, Hope School and Ranzau School. We work closely to ensure the best outcome for tamariki who are ready to start their next journey to Primary School. Our beautiful kaiako accompany the tamariki on their transition to school visits which supports the transfer of trust between centre and school which builds relationships and set children up for success on their next learning journey.

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Caring, nurturing staff, yummy healthy menu and a fun friendly environment with a huge range of activities to help our wee man grow and explore.

Parent Feedback

The staff love and care for the children. The opportunity for those about to head off to school is amazing. The connections and teaching empathy and care for younger children is heart warming.

Parent Feedback

Friendly, helpful staff. Always feel comfortable leaving my tamariki. They love their time at Busy Bes Richmond. Food provided is a bonus!

Parent Feedback

Blake has been at the centre since she was a little 10 month old. They made the terrifying “daycare” process super easy and stress free! Her transitions to each class has been just the same. All the teachers are lovely and caring. Blake acts at school just as she does at home with her outgoing personality which tells me Busy Bees Richmond feels just like home to her. Her teachers have become her “school family” her first teachers still even stopping her most mornings or afternoons to chat. Have definitely recommended the centre to a few family’s since we’ve been attending and will continue once we leave for big girls school next year!

Parent Feedback

I have been so impressed. The Centre Manager is obviously very passionate about her job and has made such a positive difference. All the staff are exceptional and you can tell they are working in a supportive and caring environment. Good job Busy Bees Richmond!

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