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Hataitai - Wellington

Tiny Nation Hataitai

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.

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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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Hataitai - Wellington

Hataitai Playcentre

Kia Ora,

Hataitai Playcentre is located near Hataitai village and adjacent to Kilbirnie School, in the original headmaster’s house. We are one street away from public transport (#2 and #14 bus routes) and easy walking from local suburbs.

We have set up our house specifically for the 16 areas of Playcentre play.
Inside we have a jumping area, the Ngake room for quiet play with adjacent infant sleeping room, a painting and collage area, family play area and kitchen with kai tables.

Outside is a large covered sandpit, water pump and riverbed, swings, climbing equipment and slide, bike riding area, a carpentry area plus covered verandah, lawn and garden areas for other outdoor activities.

We welcome new families to Hataitai Playcentre with a copy of our very popular CD Nga Waiata o te Taniwha – Waiata CD produced by Hataitai Playcentre and will buddy you up with an existing family to help you settle in.

If you’re at home with your pre-schooler, and want to join an amazing community focused on learning through play then please get in touch, we would love to meet you on a free no-obligation visit.

Licensed for

30 children

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Hataitai - Wellington

Matairangi Kindergarten

At Matairangi Kindergarten in Hataitai we focus on providing education and care for children aged 18 months to three years.

We have a philosophy of free play. Teachers create the environment to foster curiousity, learning and independence. A wide range of activities and experiences are accessible for tamariki to explore and learn through. At Matairangi you can expect your tamariki to get wet, sandy, and messy, as water, sand and messy play are available, encouraged and well used!

We notice, recognise, intentionally plan for, and respond, to both the individual and shared interests, needs and strengths of our tamariki as they emerge through their play and interactions with people, places and things.

At Matairangi Kindergarten care routines such as settling, nappy changing, and sleeping are an imbedded part of our programme and full of opportunities for learning. These times are important for building trusting attachment relationships. We believe that learning is enabled through feelings of aroha, safety, and belonging.

We have a strong commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Te Ao Māori concepts are emphasised with our programme and our philosophy - 

Whanaungatanga: We recognise the importance of Whanaungatanga and building successful partnerships with all those who attend Matairangi. These relationships are the foundation of creating a respectful, collaborative, and harmonious community. 

Manaakitanga: Manaakitanga underpins the relationships we build and sustain with each other and the environment. Our manaakitanga encompasses the values of respect, kindness, reciprocity, and humanity. 

Wairuatanga: We believe the child’s wairua is an integral part of who they are. Acknowledging and respecting children’s mana is an essential part of getting to know them. 

Tino Rangatiratanga: Children are encouraged to follow their interests and set their own goals. The decisions, aspirations, and feelings of children and their whānau are respected and valued.

We’d love to share our kindergarten with you and your children. There’s so much for tamariki to see and do. It’s a stimulating environment, with fully trained and registered teachers to make the most of every learning opportunity. Come and talk to us and have a look around.

Licensed for

24 children

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Hataitai - Wellington

Hataitai Kindergarten

At Hataitai Kindergarten our teaching philosophy embraces the concepts of whanaungatanga (maintaining relationships with whanau and community) and manaaki (caring for others).     

We share a common purpose with whanau to promote and extend children’s learning and development, so relationships are paramount. With this philosophy in mind, we have an open-door policy and whanau are welcome to stay at kindergarten and get involved in the programme. Interactions between teachers and children are affirming, respectful and caring.   

Hataitai Kindergarten is a well-resourced and established kindergarten in central Hataitai near the shopping centre. We have strong community links, with most children attending from the local area and eventually moving on to Hataitai or Kilbirnie Schools.   

Our team works closely with nearby Matairangi Kindergarten which caters for younger children who often move on to Hataitai. Our teachers are passionate about extending children’s learning and creating exciting experiences for them. The playground is spread over three levels which supports children to explore, be physical, develop their social skills and imaginative play ideas. Children are actively encouraged to care for the kindergarten environment. 

Teachers support children’s growing independence and self-management.  A major strength of this kindergarten is the promotion of children’s language and literacy.  Cultural diversity is embraced, and teachers have a genuine commitment to a bicultural approach. We celebrate festivals that are important to Kindergarten whanau.   

The kindergarten is led by an experienced Head Teacher.  All five teachers are 100% qualified and fully registered with degrees in early childhood education. Our team has a blend and balance of life experiences, skills, and personalities. We have an administrator/teacher’s aide who supports the teachers for 16 hours a week.   

 Our kindergarten needs to be safe for all children, especially those with allergies. It is important to note that we are a nut free Kindergarten.  At times other foods may be excluded as well.

Licensed for

42 children

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Hataitai - Wellington

High Five Care and Learning

At High Five's care and learning centre we celebrate the natural curiosity and imagination of children. We believe that the pace of the child's development is to be respected and that they feel empowered and guided positively as they learn. By working alongside children, we encourage independent and group learning through following a childs' interests. helping them to gather knowledge and social and emotional skills along the way. Our kaiako empower tamariki to become lifelong learners, who are confident to take calculated risks and build trusting relationships. 

We offer:

 • Superb teacher to child ratios

 • A natural outdoor play environment 

 • A one-on-one settling process with children 

• Fresh home-cooked meals made for every dietary need 

• Culturally Diverse & dedicated kaiako (teachers) 

Licensed for

45 children