Our kaiako (teachers) create a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere where tamariki and whānau feel a sense of belonging at the centre. We welcome children between the ages of 0 to 6 years and withour rooms tailored to each age and stage, your child receives meaningful care, as well as personalised learning and development.
Your child will love our spacious natural outdoor environment, with real grass, flowers and trees, as well as well laid out learning programmes to give children the opportunities to learn and develop in a safe an nurturing environment, and as they grow, excursions out into the community an pathways to kura (school).
Busy Bees Western Heights provides a nurturing and cosy environment for children to learn and grow. Our spacious outdoor play area boasts plenty of real, natural grass and we are proud to offer the opportunities for our children to explore natural outdoor environment. We also keep worm farms and grow vegetables in our very own centre garden. Our centre facilities with specialized rooms help ensure that children receive personalized attention and care that supports their growth and development, including rooms specifically for infants, toddlers, and young children. Conveniently located next door to Western Heights Primary School, in Rotorua, we offer excellent care and education for local families in the community.
Our qualified, experienced teachers are warm, nurturing and fun, Their passion for bi-cultural education and professional knowledge of teaching, guides our tamariki to engage in challenging experiences suited to each unique learning and development stage.
Excursions are a favourite among our children, so we involve them in range of outings that are both fun and educational. We take the local bus to the library, relevant shops, the nearby park or local school to support our current learning focus.
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.
"My kids wake up early, excited to go and see their teachers and they come home talking about the fun they had and all the little things they have made. I think this speaks volumes in itself. My children love their teachers and their daycare. Well done team."
"My daughter's experience at the centre has been excellent. She's enjoyed every day and has expressed her enjoyment after an attendance day, loves her teachers and she has come a long way since moving here in March."
Parent Feedback | Nov 2022
"We have had a lot to do with this daycare over the last 5 years our children were under 1 years old when they first started and the staff were absolutely amazing with the babies. The Kai served was always healthy and our babies have learnt so much."