Childcare options in Hamilton

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Hamilton - Hamilton

Te Kōhanga Reo o Toku Mapihi Maurea

Te Kōhanga Reo o Toku Mapihi Maurea is a centre-based kōhanga reo located in Hamilton and provides for up to 22 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

22 children

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Hamilton - Waikato

BestStart Sir Tristram Avenue

BestStart Sir Tristram Avenue is a brand new early learning centre just down the road from Te Rapa Racecourse. We provide quality education and care for children from 3 months until they go to school. Contact us to book a tour, we'd love to show you around!

Playing, learning, growing together

BestStart Sir Tristram Avenue is located in a beautiful new building with learning spaces designed to support the specific development stages of every age group – infants, toddlers and preschoolers - with high quality, engaging resources designed to spark curious minds.

Passionate teachers - Our team of experienced, passionate teachers have been working together for a number of years - we're excited about our new space and are looking forward to getting to know our new children and families. We're a very creative team, always looking for new ways to engage our children in fun learning activities that build their skills and self belief.

We love to learn outdoors and have an expansive outdoor area where children can challenge themselves on the playground equipment while building their independence and self-confidence.

Relationships at heart - Creating great relationships is at the heart of what makes centre life great. We get to know each child and their family so together we can best support them to thrive. Every child’s learning journey and milestones are captured and shared through one-on-one communication and our online learning portfolios on Storypark. This is a great way to keep up to date with what your child is doing while at the centre. .

Ready for school - BestStart’s Be School Ready initiative for our preschool children is incorporated into everyday experiences and activities, supporting children to develop the skills, knowledge and attributes that will help them in their learning journey to school. The initiative encourages children to use their developing self-help skills and provides a range of opportunities to extend their independence and grow confidence.

Meals provided - Families love that we provide fresh, healthy, nutritious meals and snacks throughout the day - no packing lunches in the morning!

We offer:

  • 20 hours free for 3-5 year olds and WINZ subsidies available* if required
  • Great teacher to child ratios and a passionate team who have worked together for years
  • Gift for all new enrolments*

Contact us today to book a tour!

Licensed for

100 children

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Hamilton - Waikato

Busy Bees Te Rapa

Welcome to Busy Bees Te Rapa

Busy Bees Te Rapa is all about fun, excitement and most importantly setting your child up for a lifetime of learning. We're committed to creating a stimulating, safe and rich environment for your children to learn and grow during their early years.

We value every child and see them as unique and a special taonga. Our Teachers are passionate about encouraging children's creativity, supporting their emerging social interactions, and celebrating their individual successes. 

Our centre caters for tamariki up to six and we are open from 7.30am-5.30pm, Monday to Friday. Conveniently located in the heart of Hamilton City, we're easy to find and within a short travelling distance to Te Rapa Racecourse. We're the natural choice for busy parents and local families in the community.

Licensed for

56 children

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Hamilton - Hamilton

Twinkle Toes Educare - Rotokauri

Safe place for your Child while you are at work

  •  Certified Childcare Staff
  •  Safe Atomosphere
  •  Age appropriate Curriculum
  •  Hands-on learning
  •  Art and Crafts
  •  Music and Movement
  •  Discovery and Exploration
  •  Transition to School programme

Purpose built outdoor and indoor spaces stimulate your child’s imagination, while our qualified teachers care for their early learning, wellbeing and safety. From baby to toddler and up until your child is ready for school life, your child’s unique personality will be celebrated and nurtured. Friendships will blossom for the children, and often the parents too, lasting long into the school years and beyond.

Licensed for

110 children

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Hamilton - Hamilton

Rotokauri Early Education Centre

Rotokauri delivers high quality education and childcare in Burbush, Hamilton. A brand-new modern purpose-built centre with five individual rooms to offer learning at each developmental level.

Separate Learning Areas (approx ages)

3 months - 18 months

18 months - 3 years

3 years - 5 years

  • Enrolments from birth. Starting from 3months.
  • Qualified staff who are passionate about caring and learning.
  • Individualised programmes for babies' own routines.
  • Safe, stimulating environment.
  • Modern, spacious purpose-built centre.
  • Well resourced and huge grassed outdoor play areas.
  • 'Produce' gardening.
  • Healthy nutritious meals provided.
  • Private online learning portfolios for parents (sharing photos, videos and stories about your child).
  • 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! 
  • Actively involved in the Enviroschools programme.
  • Learning is based on the NZ Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whāriki.
  • Value family/whānau and centre partnership“A spacious, stimulating indoor/outdoor environment. There is an abundance of space to explore.”

Our qualified staff carefully plan programmes that fulfil the early childhood curriculum. We aim to ensure children are competent, confident and successful learners. Children will learn and develop:

  • A strong foundation in reading, writing and maths
  • Art, creativity, music and dance skills
  • An understanding of sustainability and their environment
  • The importance of New Zealand's heritage
  • Social skills, behaviour management and manners
  • Self confidence
  • Learning skills such as independence, creativity and curiosity
  • Friendships that may last throughout their schooling
  • Relationships with consistent, familiar teachers
  • To understand and operate within a structured routine

Teachers provide learning extensions that prepare you child for school which include numeracy & numbers, literacy & language, nature & science, computers & technology, puzzles & games, creative arts, sand & water play, trips, transition to school programme, child friendships… and more!

Children work together at mat time to share daily information, stories, songs, movement, drama & waiata, etc.

Licensed for

120 children