Childcare options in Ahuriri

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Ahuriri - Napier

Lollipops Napier Port

Nestled in Ahuriri, in the lovely art deco city of Napier, Lollipops Napier Port is a safe and nurturing hive of learning for under 5s. Equipped with the latest educational resources, and staffed by a team of dedicated, passionate teachers, we are the ideal home away from home for your child. With six different rooms catering for each age and stage, and large and inspiring outdoor spaces perfect for adventure and exploration, we have everything your little one needs to learn and grow.

Plant the seeds for a love of learning.

Why choose us?

There are a host of reasons why families choose Lollipops Napier Port. Here are just a few of them:

  • Dedicated experienced teachers
  • A love for Papatuanuku and our environment
  • Children grow and harvest their own vegetables
  • Multicultural, inclusive environment
  • Healthy Heart meals
  • Free nappies
  • Strong bicultural practice
  • Spontaneous local excursions and planned excursions that follow children’s interests

Our Rooms

Teina (Infant and Toddlers) Room

This warm and nurturing space is for our youngest children from birth to around 15 months. The infant teachers follow the Pikler philosophy of key teachers and free movement. We don’t sit babies up until they are able to do this for themselves. There are a lot of natural resources and dedicated teachers who support children to unfold at their own pace. We follow each child’s natural rhythm for sleeps and bottles.

Tuakana (2-6 years)

Licensed for

100 children

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Ahuriri - Napier

Tiny Nation Ahuriri

About us

Tiny Nation is home-based care and education with a difference.

We believe that children have the best chance to flourish when they have secure attachments and a strong sense of belonging in their early years. This foundation is key to emotional, physical and mental growth and wellbeing. From this nourished beginning, happy, healthy and well-adjusted young adults can grow.

Enquire today

We would love to match you with the ideal educator in your area so send us an enquiry here and we’ll be in touch to provide you with all the information you need to make the best choice for your family.

How we look after our families

  • High quality education and care using only trained educators and qualified teachers

Because we believe in quality, not quantity, we only work with trained educators and qualified teachers, who by completing their training have proven their commitment to nurturing and caring for children. We find the best trained teachers and educators and support them to deliver their own unique early learning programmes in their own homes. We hand-pick them for their passion, commitment, experience and qualifications. We know that qualifications are an indicator of quality when it comes to early childhood education and we’re proud to represent 100% qualified educators and teachers.

  • Family and educator self-matches

When you enquire with us as a family, we support you to self-match with a Tiny Nation educator of your choice. The choice factor is huge here – you get to choose the person you leave your child with when you can’t be there. You will choose your educator based on the needs of your family and child, your values, your own early learning philosophy and, most importantly, your connection with them. This allows you to find the perfect educator for your family – someone who will become a part of your support village and who will advocate fiercely for your child when you can’t. Isn’t this what we all want as parents?

  • Small ratios of no more than four children to one educator

By choosing home-based early learning, you are choosing small groups and responsive relationships. Tiny Nation educators have no more than four pre-school children in their care at any given time, with no more than two under the age of two. This allows them to engage with their care children in meaningful ways, dedicating time to support their development and getting to know them deeply. Having small ratios of children per educator enables respectful interactions and authentic connections. Your child is not just a number at Tiny Nation.

  • Nurturing, natural and familiar home environments

Home environments stir up comforting memories for all of us. We make personal connections with this kind of environment because it represents our childhood. It provides a strong sense of security and safety as we are able to seek comfort through the familiar. Early childhood education in home environments provide a calm and settled foundation for learning to occur. Children have the space to explore the community around them in real and authentic ways.

Our vision

To empower a nation of children to reach their full potential

Our guiding principles

Leadership / Ārahitanga

We encourage, empower and inspire our educators and teachers to contribute to our thinking and re-define what leadership looks like in early childhood education.

Relationship / Whanaungatanga

We are founded on consistent, familiar and nurturing relationships. It’s vital to take the time to understand, relate to and acknowledge each other as relationships are the soil from which everything else grows.

Partnership / Whakahoahoatanga

We are collaborative and work in partnership with parents and whānau, educators, the community and other like-minded services so that they can participate in and contribute to our journey.

These are our values

Authenticity / Mana Pono

This means being real and accountable. We partner with people who are aligned with our principles, values and beliefs so that we can all show up for our children in meaningful ways.

Belonging / Nō Konei Hoki

We affirm the identity, culture and language of our community and ensure staff, children, families and whānau know they have a place with us. Our environments and programmes are inclusive and our transitions are thoughtfully planned.

Communication / Kōrero

Reciprocal and responsive communication allows us to express ideas and feelings. We’re as passionate about listening as we are about being heard. We model effective communication so that our children become capable and confident communicators.

Our commitment to families

“Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti aroha o tatou mahi.

Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work.”

When you enrol as a family with Tiny Nation, we make a commitment to you as we journey together to provide your child with the love and care that they need to grow and flourish. For us, early childhood starts with care and ends with education. We know that no significant learning can occur without there first being a significant relationship. Your chosen educator becomes your child’s special person – their ‘go to’ in times of triumph and trouble. Someone who loves them just like you do and an extension of your family.

Licensed for

4 children

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Ahuriri - Napier

Port Ahuriri Children's Centre

Nestled in a quiet street in suburban Ahuriri, we're away from the busyness of Ahuriri's  shopping centre and yet close enough for interesting walks to see fishing boats at Iron Pot, siblings and old friends at Port Ahuriri School, Spriggs Park, and trucks and trains.​​Nga mihi mahanga ki a koe - Warm greetings to you

Port Ahuriri Children’s Centre provides high quality care and education for children aged between birth and five years of age. 

Our Aim is to Make Our Centre a Place Where Children:

  • Are respected and valued.
  • Feel happy, secure and confident in their environment.
  • Gain confidence and self esteem through play.
  • Explore and experiment.
  • Are able to work at their own pace and level of development.
  • Experience a multi-cultural perspective.
  • Are encouraged to self reflect and analyse.

Our Environments Encourage:

  • Healthy trusting relationships.
  • Parents and staff to work in partnership for the benefit of the children.
  • Each family's uniqueness, attitudes, culture, values and ideas to be respected.
  • Respect for Te Tiriti o Waitangi as a living document.
  • Consultation with families as an ongoing process in all areas of Centre life.

​Our Centre provides a balance between; peacefulness, fun, predictability, flexibility, support, and nurturing, challenging, stimulating and achieving success.

  • For children from birth - 5 years old.
  • Healthy & nutritious meals provided. We cater for special dietary requirements.
  • Stimulating & safe environment
  • Non-profit organisation. Any surplus is re-invested into the centres to benefit the children.
  • Highest quality care & education assured
  • Challenging curriculum

Licensed for

50 children

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