Childcare options in Chartwell

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Chartwell - Hamilton

House of Wonder Chartwell by Busy Bees

At House of Wonder Chartwell by Busy Bees, 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 7.30am - 5.30pm Monday to Friday.

Our Environment

Picture a place where your little one gets to explore, create, and learn through play and collaboration. In our Reggio Emilia-inspired centre, our Kaiako act as facilitators, guiding children's learning and supporting their interests and ideas. The environment is designed to be sensory-rich, with natural materials and open-ended resources. This approach recognises that every child is unique and capable of learning in their own way. So why not join in on the fun and watch your child grow into a confident, curious learner

We understand the importance of connecting with nature and take regular bush walks to explore and discover the natural world around us. Our tamariki love their visits to the local library to support early literacy development. We believe in building strong relationships with tamariki and their whānau, and we encourage open communication and work together to support each child's growth and development.


Kaakano 0 - 2 Years We are committed to your baby’s well-being and foster a sense of home right in our centre. Communicating with you every step of the way, we take special care to ensure your baby has a safe, secure and encouraging environment for their growth and development.

Kakau 2 – 3.5 Years We know big changes happen during this time like increased independence and more curious questions. Our kaiako welcome each toddler with open arms and patience. With your input, we give our tamariki an environment to explore and learn at their own pace. We have an additional water room and art studio for our toddlers, these are specifically designed rooms to encourage curiosity and exploration.

Puaawai 3.5 - 6 Years The pre-school and kindergarten years are critical in preparing your little one for school and life. We expose children to abundant learning opportunities involving nature, literacy, numeracy, emotional development, confidence-building, social engagement and more!

Licensed for

80 children

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Chartwell - Hamilton

BestStart Puketaha Road

We ask you to close your eyes and imagine. Smell the fresh air, feel the space and the freedom to move and run. Listen to the bees buzzing, the sheep and goats bleating in the nearby paddock. Listen to the pigs snorting and grunting as they lay in the sun, watch the chickens and ducks roam free as they waddle and scratch. Now open your eyes. Welcome to BestStart Puketaha.

Where life grows

No matter the weather, our friends at BestStart Puketaha are exploring their surroundings. Encouraged to get their hands dirty, take risks and explore. Here at Puketaha we climb fences, we wade through long grass in the paddocks, and throw leaves in the autumn. We collect natures treasures among the trees, no walls to our classrooms. No matter the weather, age or stage, even in winter, it's gumboots, overalls and jackets.

Our friends get given responsibility as kaitiaki they care for the land, and the animals. Collecting eggs, feeding and watering the animals as well as cultivating the vegetable gardens bringing produce back inside for our community marketplace, or straight to the kitchen where our cook can utilise within our menu.

Our passion for involving our community is inspiring, our community library, marketplace and orchard with a bush kindy in the making. We have monthly visits with our local rest-home and fortnightly school visits with Puketaha school, just minutes down the road.

Our Nursery Room provides a space where wonder and curiosity is invited. The Kaiako in this room connect even our youngest pepi to their land to allow our children to create their own working theories about the world around them. There is never a moment too busy for a cuddle, a chat or a smile among learning and routines. The Nursery goes at the pace of our children, catering to their needs, their interests, and their whanau aspirations.

As you enter our Toddler Room, you will be greeted by friendly Kaiako and children filled with the spirit of enquiry and a thirst for knowledge. Our room is filled with a variety of activities to suit all discovering minds as they learn through their interests. Singing songs, creating rivers, castles and mixing water and sand while exploring our environment are a few of our favourite daily activities. Serving our own drinks and kai is one way of fostering independence in our toddler room. Feeding the chickens that gather at the gate and having many discussions with our farmyard animals is ongoing throughout the day. Our large outdoor space allows us to explore, discover and have a sense of wonder; connecting us to our magical rural outlook and the Kaimai ranges nestled into the horizon.  

Our Preschool Room is where an excitement and love for learning continues to flourish! With our strong connection to the land, our tamariki build compassion, care and empathy for others and their environment. Many constructions are made; challenges overcome, manageable risks taken and creative imaginations grown. Supportive caring Kaiako that will help each child to reach their potential. Music and Waiata can be heard throughout the day. Literacy, maths and science is interwoven through PLAY!

Come and join the fun with lots of hands on sensory experiences. BestStart Puketaha, a place to grow, cultivate and play. Don’t leave footprints in the sand, leave your boot tracks in the mud!

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

68 children

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Chartwell - Hamilton

Kids at Home Chartwell

Creating Lifelong Learners

Tamariki natural curiosity is the foundation for exploration and growth. They explore to make sense of the world, develop and have fun. Tamariki start their lives by exploring the world around them. They learn through everything they see, touch, hear, smell, taste and do.

Through play, nga tamariki engage in active learning and exploration. They learn more about their interests and about the world. Most importantly, they learn how to adapt to a changing world. Play helps us remain creative and provokes our imagination.

Our People

Our team at Kids at Home is a dedicated team of individuals who have been chosen for their commitment to provide quality, educational in-home childcare. Kids at Home’s management team also consists of experienced Early childhood professionals and others who have worked within other roles in ECE for many years. We are proud of our positive workplace culture which can be felt as soon as you walk through our office doors!


Playgroup provides your child with a rich learning setting that encourages your child to build a foundation for future learning. Our groups provide your child with the opportunity to mix and make lifelong friends with other tamariki

Music Groups

Music groups provide your child the opportunity to participate in singing, dancing and experiment with musical instruments.

Music is an important part of any child care program. Listening to music, singing, playing musical instruments, and moving to music are all activities that support tamariki development.

Outings and Excursions

Visiting Teachers plan trips to events or places of interest in the community such as fire stations, the zoo, museum, parks etc. (Whanau and friends are welcome to attend).

High Standard of Care

Our Teachers and Educators pride themselves on the quality of care and education each child receives.

We do not limit ourselves to one teaching method or philosophy because we understand that your child is unique. We believe that each child has their own learning style and personality.

Kids at Home’s Visiting Teachers are fully qualified and certificated ECE Teachers with a current practicing certificate from the Teaching Council; our handpicked Teachers have many years of experience and expertise between them.

Kids at Home’s Visiting Teachers support Educators with regular visits and planning for education and development of tamariki.

Licensed for

4 children

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Chartwell - Hamilton

Gingerbread Cottage Chartwell

Welcome to Gingerbread Cottage, a licensed home-based childcare service operating under the umbrella organization, Edubase, and regulated by the Ministry of Education. Our team of qualified Early Childhood Education Visiting Teachers works closely with each family to provide personalized care and education for the preschool child placed in our care.

At Gingerbread Cottage, our teaching team is passionate about offering quality care and education to preschoolers. We prioritize enriching the learning of every tamariki and forming strong community connections by developing links within their home and learning environments. Our approach is guided by the NZ Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whāriki, and we strive to impart knowledge and understanding of the cultural heritage of both partners to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We foster respectful and reciprocal relationships through comfortable, small group sizes, promoting tikanga Maori within our practice. Our ultimate goal is to instill respect for people, places, and things while shaping Aotearoa and developing an appreciation of New Zealand's dual heritage.

Licensed for

4 children

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Chartwell - Waikato

Growing Wings Early Learning Centre

At Growing Wings we empower our tamariki to reach their full potential.

We offer a child-led, heart-centred approach where relationships are at the core of our philosophy. We ensure tamariki are recognised for all that they are, ensuring that they develop all the tools to succeed at school.

Working with a primary carer will helps tamariki settle and enjoy their time at Growing Wings. They will have a “go to carer” throughout their time with us.

We aim to collaborate with parents making sure that when tamariki leave the home nest they are on the right path to being school ready. We help them grow their wings so they can take flight when they start school as their next chapter.

Licensed for

25 children

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Chartwell - Hamilton

Montessori House of Children - Wairere Drive

Montessori House of Children is owned and operated by Ali & Mamira, they strongly believe in Montessori philosophy as both of them went to a Montessori preschool in their childhood and all their children as well. It is a product of intense planning and love for Montessori education.

Montessori education is an education for peace, for fostering  a love for learning, respect for everything and everyone around. It is an education for life. At Montessori House of Children, our aim is to promote this education from the very beginning. By laying these foundations  for the children, we aim to make a difference in their future. We firmly believe that every child is born with creative potential, the drive to learn and the right to be treated as an individual.

Our centre is purposely designed and built to cater for the Montessori programme for each age group. The centre is run by an experienced and Montessori trained Centre Manager and trained staff with many years of  local and overseas experience. We are the only centre in Hamilton with 3 staff got AMI 0 to 3 infancy training.

The centre is situated on Wairere Drive. It is close to Huntington, Chedworth, Rototuna, Flagstaff and Hamilton East. With the new extension road being built, a few minutes away from the Ruakura Research Centre, University and Hillcrest

Licensed for

50 children

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Chartwell - Hamilton

Kindy Totz

Warm and inviting, our small centre is purpose designed for this age group. For instance this includes separate climate control, sleep room, change facilities and bathroom facilities. Furthermore our outside area is well-shaded with age-appropriate playgrounds and real grass.

A semi-structured educational programme in a safe, fun and nurturing learning environment. All children at Kindy Totz have a personal learning plan combining care and early childhood education. This means we encourage every child to find their own strengths and discover areas of interest. As a result your child will become confident in their own learning.

Licensed for

30 children

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Chartwell - Hamilton

Te Kōhanga Reo o Miropiko

Te Kōhanga Reo o Miropiko is a centre-based kōhanga reo located in Chartwell and provides for up to 30 tamariki. Book a visit today to connect with our kōhanga reo and to learn more about the options for your whanau.

Te Kōhanga Reo

The kōhanga reo movement is a unique initiative based on total immersion in Māori language and values with the aim of passing on Māori culture to future generations.

Kōhanga reo emphasise the revitalisation of the culture through te reo Māori and are dependent on the active participation of the whole whānau. The kaupapa of kōhanga reo aims to strengthen whānau capabilities in cultural, social, economic, spiritual and political matters. Education, health and wellbeing are inherent within all aspects of the kaupapa. The prime focus is the whānau – its collective development, growth, accountability and wellbeing set within a Māori cultural context.

Kōhanga reo do not regard tamariki in isolation, but as important members of the whānau. The kōhanga reo philosophy is that tamariki will benefit when whānau successfully operate according to the kaupapa. Tamariki are an integral part of whānau development.

The following key goals are the foundation of te kōhanga reo kaupapa established in 1982:

  • total immersion in te reo Māori me ōna tikanga in daily operations
  • whānau decision-making, management and responsibility
  • accountability
  • health and wellbeing of mokopuna and whānau.

The key goals of te kōhanga reo assure that there will be:

  • security in te reo Māori
  • a supportive, caring environment for mokopuna
  • whānau (collective) sharing of responsibilities, knowledge and expertise
  • greater respect and appreciation of each other.

Licensed for

30 children

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Chartwell - Hamilton

Hukanui Kindergarten

Hukanui Kindergartens Waikato is well-respected for delivering high quality, affordable education and childcare. We are situated close to Hukanui School and Westfield shopping centre.

Qualified teachers implement a programme based on the belief that children learn best in an environment that is welcoming and safe and allows children to be engaged in activities that have interest to them.  We value each child’s uniqueness and foster independence, curiosity, creativity and respect for others.

  • Warm & welcoming staff who are passionate about teaching and learning.
  • Safe, caring and stimulating environment.
  • Well resourced and huge outdoor play area.
  • Children develop social interaction and respect.
  • Located near Hukanui Primary School allowing easy transition to school.
  • An exclusive early childhood partnership with the Enviroschools Programme (eg. recycling, composting, gardening).
  • In Partnership with Sports Waikato Under5 Energize to eat healthy, be active & have fun! 
  • Learning based on the NZ Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whāriki.
  • Value family/whānau and kindergarten partnership.

Licensed for

40 children

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Chartwell - Hamilton

Chartwell Kindergarten

Chartwell Kindergartens Waikato is well-respected for providing high quality, affordable education and childcare in Hamilton.

  • Warm & welcoming staff who are passionate about teaching and learning. 
  • Safe, caring and stimulating environment.
  • Well resourced and huge outdoor play area with mature trees & landscaped gardens.
  • Children develop social interaction and respect.
  • Learning based on the NZ Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whariki. 
  • Value family/whanau and kindergarten partnership.
  • An exclusive early childhood partnership with the Enviroschools Programme (eg. recycling, composting, gardening).
  • In Partnership with Sports Waikato Under5 Energize to eat healthy, be active & have fun! Transition to school programme.

Licensed for

45 children

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Chartwell - Hamilton

Kindy Bubz

Kindy Bubz specialises in quality nurturing daycare for children aged from 0 to 2.5 years. We offer the flexibility of full day, morning or afternoon sessions. This means our care fits your needs.

The two sections of Kindy Bubz are each purpose designed for their respective age group. We have separate climate control, sleep rooms, change facilities and bathroom facilities. Furthermore we have two outside areas, each with real grass and plenty of shade.

Children are encouraged to explore, be creative with our many activities, have fun and try things for themselves so they can find their own special strengths and interests and develop confidence, independence, a sense of self-worth and responsibility for their own learning.

Licensed for

25 children