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Busy Bees Stoke




20 Hours ECE

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details-poi 441 Nayland Road, Stoke, Nelson 7011

details-phone 03 929 5418


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

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Embracing everybody, Empowering every voice

Growing young minds requires special moments of wonder and awe. Busy Bees Stoke has a play-based approach to learning, allowing children time and space to independently explore and seek understanding of the world around them. As a whānau, we support your child’s journey and individual stage of development, encouraging them to reach their full potential.  

If you'd like to book a tour, meet our team and find out more, please click on the Enquire Now button, complete the short form, and one of our amazing team will be in touch!


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Our team is made up of passionate and experienced teachers who are warm, welcoming and naturally caring people. We see all children as individuals, valuing each unique stage of life, show them respect for who they are and providing equal opportunities to ensure the best possible start in life.  

Our early education centre offers wonderful, safe and fun indoor and outdoor spaces where children are provided with a range of diverse resources to engage their imaginations and spark curiosity.

Intentional activities and provocations are set up daily throughout the centre, providing calming and inviting spaces, where you'll often hear children, whānau and kaiako engaging in meaningful conversations.

At Busy Bees Stoke, our vision is to cultivate an inclusive environment where every individual is embraced, respected, and honored for their distinct personality, identity, and heritage. We uphold a set of core values and philosophy that guide our daily approach:

Whanaungatanga - Building meaningful relationships is at the heart of everything we do. We prioritise connection and understanding, fostering a sense of belonging for all.

Aroha - We believe in nurturing each other's growth and wellbeing. With compassion and care, we support the development and flourishing of every child.

Manakitanga - Kindness is the cornerstone of our interactions. We demonstrate empathy and generosity in our words and actions, creating a culture of warmth and hospitality.

Kotahitanga - Unity is our strength. We unite around common goals, working collaboratively with whānau to achieve shared success for each of the tamariki in our care.

Kaitiakitanga - We embrace our responsibility as stewards of our environment, resources, and relationships. Through mindful guardianship, we strive to leave a positive impact on our community and the world around us.

These values and philosophy shape our identity and guide us as we strive to create a supportive and empowering environment.

We are proud to be a lunchbox centre. This promotes independence as well as encourages self-help skills in preparation for school.  We encourage families to make healthy food choices and ensure their child’s pouaka kai (lunch box) meets centre guidelines as well as Ministry of Health criteria for Early Learning Services.

Teachers 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. 

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.

We have two age appropriate spaces - Awa Iti (Little Water, under two's) and Awa Nui (Big Water, over two's). The story behind Awa Iti and Awa Nui: Deep beneath our feet, the land once thrived as a vibrant swamp teeming with life. Aquatic creatures danced through the waters as native birds soared above and lush plants flourished. These life-giving waters sustained our tangata whenua, providing resources and nourishment for generations.

Just as the awa feeds the land, knowledge passed down from our ancestors flowing through generations, nourishing our growth and strengthening our roots. Like the ebb and flow of the tides, this shared knowledge creates new learning pathways, connecting us to our past and guiding us toward a stronger future.


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