Childcare options in Western Heights

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Western Heights - Rotorua

Busy Bees Western Heights


At Busy Bees Western Heights, we believe that as an early learning provider, we have an important role to play in our local community and a very special opportunity to positively impact the lives of our young tamariki in their early stages of development. We celebrate whanaungatanga by creating a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere, and a culture of strong relationships in a friendly, non-judgemental environment. We absolutely love coming together with our tamariki, whānau and community to strengthen the collaboration and contribution with one another.

Our Environment

Our unique outdoor environment provides tamariki the space to explore and adventure, with water play, sand pit, real grass, trees and flowers. Each age group have their own separate outdoor area providing endless opportunities to enjoy the natural environment, where you’ll hear often hear joyful giggles, singing and music.

Passionate Teachers

Our kaiako (teachers) are wonderful, amazing people who are motivated and work together to provide the best possible care and education for children, which can be felt throughout the centre. Our team are professional, experienced and passionate within the Early Learning field, continuously upskilling their own professional knowledge of teaching and nurturing young children as well as their philosophy of education and knowledge of child development.

School readiness programme

Our Pathways to Kura (school) programme incorporates the many different aspects of a child’s ready for school journey. Tamariki experience school visits, excursions, learning sessions that encourage recognition and repetition as well as learning opportunities through play. The focus is on individual children achieving, building confidence and skills as they prepare for the next exciting stage of their learning journey.

Licensed for

42 children

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Western Heights - Rotorua

Little Lights Kindy

Little Lights – Inspiring Little Ones to Shine.

Underpinned by Christian values and beliefs, Little Lights is a caring, nurturing and inspiring early childhood centre where children thrive. Located in an idyllic rural setting, and staffed by a team of loving, dedicated teachers, we are the perfect home away from home for local infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

Your little one will flourish here – exploring the great outdoors, making new friends, and developing a love of learning that will last a lifetime.

Set your child up for a bright and happy future. Join us here at Little Lights.

Our philosophy

Te aroha te mea nui, o nga mea katoa, te punga o nga mea ko te karaiti

Love is the key to everything we do, and Jesus is the source of it all

Our Christian philosophy forms the foundation of who we are and what we do. Christian values and beliefs are woven into all aspects of our daily interactions and learning. We aim to create a caring and fun environment where each child feels secure, loved and respected. At Little-Lights, we are committed to providing high staff-child ratios to ensure a quality learning experience for all children. Relationships are key; we support and encourage whānau in any way we can, partnering with them in the care and education of their child.

We consider the created world around us as a gift from God for us to enjoy, learn from and care for. We provide daily opportunities for the children to explore our farm and forest environment and to care for our farm animals.

We want Little Lights to be a place where each child, family and staff member is “inspired to shine” – valued and encouraged to reach their God-given potential in every way.

Our Rooms

Little Lights has two separate areas – one for under 3s and one for over 3s.  This enables us to deliver safe, nurturing and age appropriate learning experiences for all our children.  

Tui Room

This is home to the youngest members of our Little Lights family, our children aged from 10 months to 3 years. The Tui Room has its own playground with access to paddocks and extra space, separate sleep rooms for the younger children and the older children, and a vibrant art room. Mashed vegetables are provided each day along with the main meal.

Kereru Room

Ideally equipped for our busy 3 to 5 year olds, this stimulating and engaging space includes a huge outdoor area with challenging bike track, carpentry area and covered deck space. Amongst the highlights children enjoy here are regular baking and fun-filled forest excursions.

Why choose us?

There are a host of reasons why families choose Little Lights. Here are just a few of them:

  • Christian philosophy
  • Gorgeous rural setting
  • Large natural playground for children to explore
  • Farm animals including a miniature horse and goat, chickens, ducks and rabbits
  • Delicious cooked meals provided
  • Separate spaces for under 3s and over 3s
  • Regular excursions to the nearby forest
  • Vegetable gardens which the children tend
  • Family atmosphere

Licensed for

50 children

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Western Heights - Hamilton

Gingerbread Cottage Western Heights

Gingerbread Cottage is a homebased childcare service  licensed by the Ministry of Education Regulations. We operate under our umbrella Organisation, Edubase.  Our qualified Early Childhood Education Visiting Teachers work closely  with each family to provide for the individual needs of the child placed  in our care. Our teaching team are committed and passionate about  providing quality care and education for preschool children.

Our aim is to enrich the learning of each tamariki we form strong community  connections, developing links within the home and the learning  environments of our Kaiako. Tamariki learn respect for people, places  and things, shaping Aotearoa and developing an appreciation of New  Zealand’s dual heritage. We continually strive to develop knowledge and  an understanding of the cultural heritages of both partners to Te Tiriti  o Waitangi – supporting a holistic approach to learning which is guided  by our NZ Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whāriki.

Educators offer comfortable, small group sizes, fostering respectful  and reciprocal relationships, promoting tikanga Maori within their  practice.

Licensed for

4 children

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Western Heights - Rotorua

Central Kids Kindergartens - Fairview Park

Central Kids Fairview Park has been part of Western Heights community for over 50 years. We have strong ties with our community and promote stories and legends within our kindergarten that tell of our maunga, Mt Ngongotaha and surrounding areas. 

We are part of the Enviroschools programme believe in our children as the kaitiaki of our world, our environment supports their learning and exploration of this. We provide transport to and from kindergarten and have a free all-inclusive doctor service every week. 

Nau mai haere mai, come and visit us anytime.

Licensed for

40 children

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Western Heights - Rotorua

Waiapu Kids - St Francis Whanau Aroha

Waiapu Kids St Francis is a community-based early childhood centre and service of Anglican Care Waiapu. We provide quality care and education for up to 42 children in a mixed-age group setting.

The concept of ‘tuakana – teina’, is strongly valued at the centre and is seen in the reciprocal relationships between our older tamariki and infants and toddlers. This plays an important part in what we believe in, and base our work on. 

Children of different ages are encouraged to interact and learn from each other in a safe environment, sharing knowledge and experiences. We value children’s play as the way in which they learn about the world around them. Different activities and opportunities are provided for children each day to extend their interests, develop social, emotional, and cognitive skills, and build self-confidence and creativity. 

We have a great relationship with our community and enjoy often taking part in events and going on outings in the community. These strong links give the children a sense of belonging and identity as well as providing teachers with invaluable information and resources.

Waiapu Kids St Francis is situated in Western Heights.

Licensed for

42 children

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Western Heights - Rotorua

Amazing Place Preschool (Sunset Road)


We believe that play is the most meaningful way young children learn. When children play they are exploring, experimenting, thinking, solving problems, forming relationships, being creative, using their imagination, learning by trial and error, planning and predicting and acting out situations that have meaning for them.


Part of honouring each child as a gift to be discovered means encouraging the particular interests and fascinations each child has. Our teachers facilitate a flexible and responsive curriculum, incorporating child-initiated approaches by noticing and building on the inherent talents and interests of each child. 


Our teachers facilitate purposeful play through learning conversations and record significant learning-in-play events in learning stories. Through the Te Whariki framework we document, support, and extend children’s individual and group interests and strengths. Our learning programme encourages your child to develop independence and a sense of self-identity as a learner.

Licensed for

48 children

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Western Heights - Rotorua

Inspiring Kids Early Learning

When a child comes to Inspiring Kids, they are never just a name on an enrolment form. Here they become part of our family, our whanau.

We feel it is a privilege to care for your child, or children, and are always happy to hear feedback from you, or answer any questions you may have.

If you are looking for a caring, well-staffed centre, please feel free to call on us and we will open our doors to you to see the magic that we create at Inspiring Kids. Our Centre provides a child-centred programme that is based on the New Zealand Ministry of Education's national early childhood curriculum - Te Whariki. 

We enhance each child’s development through activities and programmes, based on regular observations and evaluations and practices that reflect the bi-cultural heritage of our community. Each child is guided to develop at an individual pace according to his or her unique personality.

Licensed for

149 children

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Western Heights - Rotorua

Agape Christian Preschool

Agapé Christian Preschool is a fully licensed, non-profit making Christian Based Early Childhood Education and Care Provider approved by the Ministry of Education.

Founded in 2007, Agapé offers amazing under 2 and over 2 facilities with passionate staff and excellent staff to child ratios. 

At Agape you can trust that your child is receiving quality care. We are a very well resourced centre and the children are given a holistic education. 

We believe in learning through play and also routines and structure. It is our desire to work with our families to better know and understand each child individually. We believe every child is a gift from God and feel honoured to be involved in their learning.

Licensed for

60 children