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Te Hapara - Gisborne

Busy Bees Gladstone Road

At Busy Bees Gladstone Road, we value every child and see them as unique and a special taonga. Children at our centre will experience a caring, nurturing environment, one which promotes a positive self-image and respect for people, places and things. One which helps children build positive relationships, where they experience and learn the importance of trust and honesty, and where they develop a sense of independence and autonomy. We would be honoured to share in your child’s learning journey. You’re welcome to call or visit anytime.

We are open 7.45am - 5.15pm Monday to Friday.

“Growing future kaitiaki of Turanga-nui a Kiwa”

Busy Bees Gladstone Road believes that the environment is a child’s 3rd teacher and strives to provide a nature rich environment. By utilising, encouraging and valuing all areas of learning and development through Papatūānuku – Mother Nature we provide children with the opportunity to build strong connections with the natural environment.  We have a strong focus on sustainability, recycling and understanding the importance of respecting and protecting the living world.

Taiao | Environment

At Busy Bees Gladstone Road we pride ourselves on whakawhanaungatanga (relationships and connectedness) and our environment supports this through our tuākana-tēina (mixed age) learning spaces. All areas encourage indoor/outdoor flow and tamariki are supported by our interactive teaching team. Our curriculum focusses on learning through play and exploration incorporating te taiao (the natural environment), the arts, technology and ako (teaching and learning).

Ako | Teaching & Learning

We have a talented group of multicultural kaiako who have been selected based on their experience and passion within the Early Learning field, their professional knowledge of teaching and nurturing tamariki as well as their philosophy of education and knowledge of child development.

We aspire for all children to have access to a high-quality curriculum that recognises and responds to the curiosity and interest shown by our learners. For children to experience an environment that supports the development of their numeracy and literacy skills, as well as one where communication is encouraged and social interaction is supported, which will assist them to develop skills in establishing and maintaining healthy relationships in the future.
We also believe that children bring knowledge from home and that they can teach us and their peers as much as we can teach them. Busy Bees Gladstone Road strives to celebrate this collective knowledge and utilise it to learn new things.


Health and wellbeing are essential aspects in childrens lives. By placing intentional focus on each of these areas, we are providing tamariki with every opportunity to gain the skills and habits to take with them into a healthy future.

By focusing on the 4 key pillars of Hauora (Tana Tihana: physical, Taha Hinengāro: mental and emotional, Tana Whānau: family and social and Taha Wairua: spiritual wellbeing) we weave key aspects into the everyday curriculum with our children.

As part of this ongoing commitment to the holistic wellbeing of tamariki, we have researched and developed programmes focused specifically on the two key areas of Physical Activity (Move) and Nutrition (Nourish).

Our Centre Cook provides a nutritional morning tea and afternoon tea daily. Tamariki bring their pouaka kai (lunch boxes) on either side of Wednesday with warm kai lovingly prepared every Wednesday.

Licensed for

60 children

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Te Hapara - Gisborne

BestStart Lytton

BestStart Lytton provides quality educational childcare in a caring and supportive environment. Our experienced and stable staff team have warm and positive relationships with whanau/families working together to meet children’s development goals.

Our centre is open Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 5.30pm and cares for children up to 6 years old. We have available full day, morning and afternoon sessions, and offer the Government 20 ECE hours that are free for 3-5 year olds.

Celebrating the many cultures of our children and families, we encourage whanau to join in our celebrations so we can learn and grow. At BestStart Lytton we believe healthy bodies create healthy minds. All our meals are prepared onsite by our chef and use natural ingredients. Children learn about the world through play and our centres and teachers provide a nurturing, open and fun environment. 

Age specific, tailored spaces - Our teaching programme is based on values of respect, responsibility and community through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment. We have three dedicated rooms caring for children of different age and developmental stages. Each room has their specially designed indoor and outdoor areas, and the teaching team in each room implements teaching methods and strategies tailored to your child's individual interests and needs. Our programme follows Te Whāriki (Early Childhood Curriculum) and BestStart’s unique Be School Ready initiative.

Infants - The infant teachers form close, nurturing relationships with families and we follow each child’s home routine. We create a calm and loving place for our youngest children filled with cuddles and smiles. Culture is a very important part of BestStart Lytton and we have many ways and experiences to help develop cultural identity. Our experienced teachers plan exciting and challenging learning opportunities and environments to stimulate young minds.

Toddlers - Our toddlers are exposed to sensory exploration and encouraged into group play to develop social skills and independence. The children are offered lots of fun and challenging experiences every day. Our very skilled and experienced teachers work closely with the children to help them develop social and self-help skills as well as starting their early literacy and numeracy learning. The teachers are also very experienced in helping children during toilet learning to ensure that they are fully competent and capable when they move to Takaro room.

Preschoolers - The transition into the kindergarten room is carefully planned to ensure the child is developmentally ready and moves with their friend group. The kindergarten room is an exciting place for children where their learning is developed to fulfil their potential. BestStart’s unique Be School Ready initiative prepares children individually and in groups for primary school focusing on literacy, numeracy, socialisation and independence skills.

Who is BestStart?

BestStart is for families who want more from early-childhood education. Safe, nurturing and educationally focused, we’re committed to growing caring people with curious minds.

Together we teach, learn and nurture.

Our vision is to work in partnership with families, whanau and communities to enable children to achieve their learning potential.

Ko tō mātou tirohanga hei mahi ngātahi i te taha o ngā whānau me ngā hāpori, kia āwhinatia ngā tamariki, kia tū pito mata ai rāatou, hei rangatira mō āpōpō.

We are committed to being a progressive and responsive leader in early-childhood education. We do this by enhancing our services, investing in our people, developing our support structure and continuously improving the educational outcomes and experiences of our children, families and the communities we serve.

Some facts:

  • We’re licensed to educate and care for 15,000 full-time children daily.
  • 18,000 families use BestStart services annually.
  • We have over 270 centres nationwide located from Whangarei to Invercargill.
  • Each centre is managed by a Centre Manager who is supported by a local Area Manager. This gives our centre teams ongoing quality training and support.
  • Te Whāriki, the world-wide acclaimed national early childhood education curriculum, is used in all centres.
  • We have over 4500 permanent teachers nationally. Over 90% of our permanent teaching staff are either fully qualified with a diploma or bachelor of teaching (ECE) or higher, or are in training. These figures are very high by national standards within the ECE sector.
  • We provide a two-year Advice and Guidance Programme for all recently certified teachers, providing further mentoring and training. This gives strong support for teachers from provisional registration to full teacher registration with the NZ Teachers Council.
  • We regularly spend around $4 million on teacher training per annum.

We’re for children

At our heart is our commitment and passion for children. Central to this belief is our focus on the holistic development of children. We support children to explore the world around them, learning through relationships, creating a love of learning in an ever-changing world. Exploration, friendship and fun are part of the journey.

We’re for good

BestStart is a registered charity owned by the Wright Family Foundation. We support initiatives and programmes within BestStart and the wider early-childhood education sector (ECE) that support good outcomes for all children. We do this because we want to make a positive difference to the lives of all children.

Innovation leads us

At BestStart, innovation guides our thinking. We advocate positive change for learners through our research and practice. We’re proud to be thought leaders within ECE, openly challenging ourselves to think differently to provide the best for our children, families and staff.

We’re responsive

Our centres reflect their children, staff and communities. We celebrate individuality, uniqueness and diversity, encouraging a spirit of empathy, understanding and collaboration. Through our responsive relationships and our curriculum, we support learners to choose their own path.

Our people matter

At BestStart people come first. When we grow and develop our people, everyone benefits. We strive for whakamana/empowerment, nurturing a culture of excellence with engaged, talented professionals. Their commitment, skill and passion light our way.

Licensed for

120 children

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Te Hapara - Gisborne

Busy Bees Wellington Street

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Busy Bees Wellington Street

At Busy Bees Wellington Street, we value every child and see them as unique and a special taonga. We understand that your child’s education and care is a priority and that choosing the right centre can be a big decision. We would be delighted to share in your child’s learning journey. You’re welcome to call or visit anytime.

We are open 7.45am - 5.15pm Monday to Friday.

Taiao | Environment

Busy Bees Wellington Street consists of two main buildings, a Nursery (22 Wellington Street) catering for our youngest tamariki as well as an adventurous Preschool (24 Wellington Street) for children aged 2-6 years. Each space has their own separate outdoor area providing endless opportunities to explore the natural environment. We believe ngā tamariki – our children learn best through a play-based approach in which we foster opportunities for each child to:

  • Establish      and maintain relationships – Whakawhanaungatanga
  • Develop      a positive sense of self – Mana Motuhake
  • Develop      a wide range of communication skills – Mana Reo
  • Strengthen      their sense of curiosity – Pātaitai
  • Develop      problem solving skills – Whakaoti Rapanga

Passionate Kaiako

Our teachers have a wide range of experience, and all share a passion for early learning education and care. They have professional knowledge of teaching and child development as well as their own philosophy of education which aligns with the centre philosophy - striving towards positive outcomes for all children.

Tākaro | Play

We are guided by New Zealand’s bi-cultural curriculum Te Whāriki and acknowledge that children learn through play as well as planned experiences. Children will have opportunities to interact with and explore their environment, the people within it and be guided by teachers that recognise that play, problem-solving and exploration are important and valued ways of learning. Tamariki have the freedom to explore their own creativity and engage in experiences that foster this.

Nursery 22 (up to 2 years)

Our Nursery environment is based on building loving and trusting relationships between infants and teachers, who structure the day according to individual needs. Teachers work closely with families to understand infant cues and develop a routine that supports children’s natural rhythms. Teachers 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.

Preschool 24 (2-6 years)

Our preschool provides a rich learning environment focused on the tuākana (older children) of our centre ensuring they have the opportunity to develop confidence, independence and self-management all of which align with Te Whāriki (Early Childhood Curriculum) and the pathways to kura (school). Children are encouraged to care for others, the environment and their own belongings and are supported to understand their growing sense of responsibility for themselves and the world around them. While reading and writing materials are available to explore, the curriculum is emergent and discovery-based, with teachers observing and engaging with children to develop projects based on their interests.

Transition to school

Our centre philosophy is aimed towards supporting children to develop and learn the necessary skills for ensuring a smooth transition to school. Kaiako collaborate with parents and whānau to make the pathway to school a positive and exciting step in their child’s learning journey.

Hapori whānui | Community

At Busy Bees Wellington Street, we have an important part to play in our local community and a very special opportunity to positively impact the lives of our young tamariki. We celebrate whakawhanaungatanga (relationships) by connecting with our community through multicultural celebrations and creating a strong sense of belonging.

We are fortunate the centre is a short walk from the botanical gardens, various parks and Te Wiremu, our local aged care facility. We have built a great relationship with Gisborne Girls High School who often visit us to share their talents and knowledge.


Health and wellbeing are essential aspects in children’s lives. By placing intentional focus on each of these areas, we are providing tamariki with every opportunity to gain the skills and habits to take with them into a healthy future.

By focusing on the 4 key pillars of Hauora (Tana Tihana: physical, Taha Hinengāro: mental and emotional, Tana Whānau: family and social and Taha Wairua: spiritual wellbeing) we weave key aspects into the everyday curriculum with our children.

As part of this ongoing commitment to the holistic wellbeing of tamariki, we have researched and developed programmes focused specifically on the key areas of Physical Activity (Move) and Nutrition (Nourish).

Our Centre Cook provides a nutritious morning tea and afternoon tea daily and a healthy lunch each Thursday. Tamariki bring their pouaka kai (lunch boxes) every other day.

Licensed for

60 children

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Te Hapara - Gisborne

Rewanui Early Learning Centre

We welcome you to Rewanui Early Learning Centre. We are passionate about providing the highest level of care and developmental opportunities for our children. Our aim is to uphold the uniqueness of each child and through child led and teacher supported programmes encourage children to be socially competent and at the same time enjoy their individual skills and talents.

To provide excellence in what we do, weencourage parent participation in the learning activities of our children. We have an open door policy, where parents and whānau are welcome to discuss their child’s learning and provide us with valuable feedback. On request we can provide our current ERO report and any Ministry of Education expenditure information.

Licensed for

33 children

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Te Hapara - Gisborne

Waiapu Kids - Te Hapara Whanau Aroha

Welcome to Waiapu Kids Te Hapara Whānau Aroha

Waiapu Kids Te Hapara Whānau Aroha is a community-based early childhood education centre and service of Anglican Care Waiapu. We provide quality care and education for up to 50 tamariki with space for 20 tamariki under the age of two years. Our centre is situated in Te Hapara, Gisborne.

We celebrate tamariki identity and provide rich and meaningful opportunities to explore and play in a safe and caring environment where kaiako (teachers) are able to provide support and manaaki to all.

Whānau play a huge part in the lives of tamariki and we welcome and encourage whānau support and input. We communicate regularly with parents and whānau so that together we can nurture tamariki in our centre in their learning and exploration.

We value tamariki play as the way in which they learn about the world around them. Opportunities are provided for children each day to extend their interests, practice tuakana/teina relationships, develop social, emotional, and cognitive skills, build self-confidence, creativity, and independence.

Our Community

We have a great relationship with our local community and enjoy attending Kapa Haka festivals and going on excursions within the local area. Taking part in community events enables tamariki to grow their sense of belonging and identity, and models how we as a centre positively contribute to our community.

Our Philosophy

Tamariki are at the heart of what we do. We create an environment where whakapapa is celebrated, enriched by the dual cultures of Aotearoa.

Children’s social and emotional wellbeing – mana atua – is nurtured while fostering relationships with whānau, iwi, and hapu.

Tamariki are engaged in fun and authentic learning while immersed in play. We empower tamariki to learn and grow through active exploration underpinned by Christian values and beliefs.

Licensed for

50 children

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Te Hapara - Gisborne

Whare Amai Early Learning Centre

Looking for the best in childcare and early education for your young family? Enrol them at one of our early learning centres.

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa provides high-quality early childhood education and care to children of students, staff and communities.

Each of our Whare Kōhungahunga (early learning centres):

  • has a high proportion of qualified and registered early childhood teachers (at least 80 percent of staff).
  • provides a learning environment embedded in Te Whāriki (the early childhood education curriculum).
  • offers competitive and comparative fees.
  • is registered with WINZ (for those who are eligible for a childcare subsidy)
  • provides 20 hours of early childhood education (ECE) each week for children three to six years old.
  • supplies healthy meals for all children at no extra cost.

Licensed for

50 children

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Te Hapara - Gisborne

Bizzy Bodz Early Learning Centre Gisborne

Genuine, respectful relationships with the children and their whanau are at the heart of who we are. Without these connections, effective care and education cannot exist. These connections form the most important aspect of our mahi, which supports our tamariki and their mauri to engage, ready for learning.

Te Ao Māori is the essence of Bizzy Bodz Gisborne. A bicultural curriculum is delivered in a safe and caring environment for our tamariki and whanau by integrating the values of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the principles and learning outcomes of Te Whariki – Early Childhood Curriculum. 

Bizzy Bodz Gisborne Kaiako teach and role-model manaakitanga showing respect, generosity and care for others. Manaakitanga accentuates our learning values of Aroha, Rangatiratanga and Ako. These values inform how we collaborate to support the tamariki and whanau that make up our community.


Licensed for

38 children