We take pride in providing a safe and empowering environment for tamariki to learn and grow. Our centre features two age-appropriate classrooms, each fostering Tuakana/teina relationships and engaged tamariki.
Our focus is on empowering tamariki to direct their own learning while ensuring they feel supported and safe. Our diverse range of resources and age-appropriate materials are always utilised to encourage teachable moments and happy, learning-focused experiences.
At Busy Bees Whau Valley we maintain strong relationships with our local Kura/Primary School, we utilise our close proximity and reciprocal relationship with the school to maintain weekly school visits for our tamariki who are nearing ready for school. We value the opportunity this provides for tamariki to experience the school environment alongside their kaiako and ehoa/friends as they learn skills necessary to best support them to thrive in the school environment.
Our outdoor areas are tailored to each age and stage of learning and development, they offer a range of equipment and resources which promote active exploration, thinking and reasoning along with turn-taking, experimentation, challenges and fun as they learn what their bodies are capable of.
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.
Van & Excursions
We also proudly operate our own Busy Bees centre van, allowing us to help support our centre whānau who require assistance with transport to and from the centre. We also utilise this awesome resource for excursions out and about in our local community, which are always fantastic learning opportunities!
Kowhai (up to 2 years) - Our Infant and Toddler environment is based on building loving and trusting relationships between infants and Kaiako/teachers, who structure the day according to individual needs. Kaiako work closely with whānau to understand infant cues and develop a routine that supports the natural rhythm of tamariki. Play is open-ended and full of fun as we embrace how tamariki explore and experiment with their ideas and theories of how the world around them works.
Kauri (2-6 years) - Our preschool room offers opportunities throughout the day for tamariki to be involved in contributing to the curriculum by helping to make decisions about what provocations to explore, and sharing their ideas. Kaiako work alongside the tamariki to set up an environment which is challenging, and provides curiosity and active exploration. Tamariki self-help skills are very important at this stage and they are supported to go to the toilet on their own, wash hands, dress themselves, serve up their own morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. The preschool tamariki have regular mat times throughout the day where they learn songs, stories and are encouraged to share and communicate with the other children. Some of our group learning times arise from the participation of tamariki in the program, their areas of interest and emerging group interest. We value that each tamaiti learns at their own pace and when they are ready, and that play underpins learning for our tamariki.
Friendly, helpful and caring teachers. Clean environment, Great communication.
Welcoming, supportive, great structure, approachable staff, fantastic communication, nurturing.
Brilliant staff and facilities. I have 2 children here and we have been happy for years now.
Great staff and facilities. We feel welcome and well looked after, and our children are taught so many valuable lessons.
I think the centre is beautiful and I absolutely love the environment and location of it. Every single person I have met whilst there have been exceptionally lovely and kind. It seems as though the teachers have a special relationship with each and every single child that attends this center. Am very happy with the choice I made.