Welcome to Busy Bees Silverdale Central, where we embrace Reggio Emilia-inspired philosophy to cultivate curious minds! We take great pride in providing a safe and empowering environment for tamariki to learn and grow.
We take great pride in providing a safe and empowering environment for tamariki to learn and grow. Our centre features six classrooms specifically designed for different age groups, fostering Tuakana/teina relationships and engaged tamariki. Our focus is empowering tamariki to direct their learning while ensuring they feel supported and safe. We offer diverse open-ended and natural resources to encourage teachable moments and create happy, learning-focused experiences.
At Silverdale Central, our kaiako create beautiful provocations where materials are carefully selected to provoke curiosity, promote critical thinking, and encourage tamariki to express themselves through various art forms. We believe that every moment is an opportunity for learning, and our kaiako utlise these teachable moments to enrich our children’s understanding of the world around them. With Northern Arena a short stroll away, each week we do an excursion for our tamariki to participate in swimming lessons!
We proudly embrace diverse cultures, where we cultivate an inclusive and equitable learning environment for all tamariki, as we celebrate and affirm who we all are, thereby fostering a positive awareness and understanding of our own and other cultures. We have numerous opportunities to celebrate different cultures alongside the tamariki. We mark language weeks, organise kapa haka evenings, engage whānau in celebrating Matariki, embrace the festivities of Chinese New Year, Diwali, and much more. By incorporating cultural diversity into our learning environment, we create a space where tamariki can develop an appreciation for their own heritage whilst simultaneously gaining insights into and respecting the richness of other cultures. This collective celebration and understanding pave the way for a truly inclusive educational experience.
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.
Our youngest tamariki start in the Fern room, which is based on building loving, respectful and trusting bonds, our kaiako work closely with families to understand cues and develop a routine that supports children’s natural rhythms. The RIE philosophy underpins our teaching philosophy where every tamariki is treated authentically. When tamariki are ready to progress, they will head into the Nikau room and utilise sensory play, outdoor exploration, music, and movement to create a fun, interactive atmosphere whilst maintaining a focus on the love and care that infants need to thrive.
The Kowhai room is designed to help our toddler-aged tamariki balance the desire to be independent with the need to be nurtured and cared for through rituals throughout the day. Our next room is Manuka, where our kaiako support the unfolding autonomy of the older tamariki to encourage the child’s emergent personality to blossom.
In our Preschool room Pohutukawa we support the tamariki with social and emotional competence at a time when they are ready to engage in meaningful play with others. They progress into our Kauri room, where tamariki start to become more aware of their upcoming transition to school, our resources are reflective of the mediums children will be using at school. Kaiako observe and converse with children to develop projects based on their interests.
School readiness programme
We support tamariki preparing for school, by incorporating a diverse range of learning provocations designed to enhance their social-emotional development, literacy skills, and numeracy abilities. In our Kauri room, we provide a reading and writing programme that is offered to children that want to participate. Our holistic approach also focuses on nurturing their self-help skills, fostering independence, and teaching them how to responsibly care for their personal belongings and take care of themselves. By addressing these fundamental aspects, we aim to equip children with the essential life skills necessary for a successful transition into school and beyond.
The teachers are so involved, they are always giving me feedback and suggestions for Ash and are amazing at changing things up with his schedule when I need them to. I feel so confident and happy leaving him with them as I know he's in good safe hands and is also having very interactive, fun days. I love getting the story park posts with photos of what he's been up to that day.
The staff and teachers are supportive and knowledgeable. The centre is beautiful, and I love the creative initiatives/projects organized. There is a high level of communication from the teachers and the online space is so cute for updates on the kid's experiences throughout the day.
Absolutely amazing centre. As soon as you walk in the door you feel at ease knowing your child is in good care as all the teachers are extremely welcoming and friendly. My daughter gets very excited and loves coming everyday to see her teachers and friends who she has made connections with. I 100% would recommend this centre, and would not go anywhere else.
We couldn’t have chosen a better center for our daughter. She is so incredibly happy and is always excited to go to school. The staff are so friendly and helpful and Peyton absolutely adores her teachers. I would recommend this center to anyone.
Great centre with awesome teacher, highly recommend.