Our tamariki and whānau feel a sense of belonging at Busy Bees Taupō, and we welcome new families in, to feel right at home too. We offer nutritious, home-cooked meals and a backyard play area for our tamariki. Our teachers live locally, which supports our strong sense of community and comfortable and welcoming environment. Our centre provides nurturing and stimulating environments for young children with its separate nursery and preschool rooms, as well as areas where tamariki can come together to share tuakana-teina (older-younger child) interactions where wonderful teaching moments are shared. We aim to promote the development and learning of each child, through positive partnership with parents and open communication at all times for family, tangata whenua, whānau, and community.
At Busy Bees Taupō, 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.
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 in-house chefsupply a wide variety ofnourishing mealsfor the children at our centre, providing foods that areminimally processed,avoiding recipes that are high in added sugar, instead usingfresh, real and wholesome ingredients.
We dobakingwith the children from time to time, 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.