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Whanganui - Whanganui

BestStart Glasgow Street

BestStart Glasgow Street is conveniently located in Whanganui’s CBD. We care for children from 0-6 years old all year round. With love, support and positive interactions, we provide an environment where children feel valued, respected and confident in their own journey.

Fuelling the Minds of Curious Learners

BestStart Glasgow Street is a place where children know they belong. We view children as capable, competent, life-long learners who are encouraged to make their own learning choices, at their own pace, in a positive, productive way.

Play-based learning

At BestStart Glasgow Street we value the importance of child-initiated, play-based experiences - play is at the heart of all great learning! We offer experiences that promote early brain development and children are encouraged to learn through fostering their use of sight, touch and communication.

Relationships

We value our partnerships with our families and their wider whanau, and create an environment that embraces parents aspirations, values and beliefs to support their children’s learning and development.As staff we celebrate together each others differences, and contributions we each make through open communication. We intrinsically value a rich environment where languages, rituals and symbols of children’s own culture and others are protected and promoted positively. Our centre is inclusive of, and embraces the diverse learning needs of all children, with programmes and environments that nurtures children through all stages of their development.

We welcome you to come and visit us to see first hand our wonderful centre, meet the teaching team and learn more about the great learning experiences your child will have with us. 

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

110 children

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Whanganui - Whanganui

The Y Early Learning Centre - Whanganui

Welcome to The Y Early Learning Centre

Early education is an important step in your child’s life. It could be preschool, kindergarten or an early learning centre – making the right choice is important for you and your family.

Prepare your child for a quality future through nourishment and strength in a safe, caring environment. The Y (formerly YMCA) supports skill, social, emotional and cognitive development through three core themes – nature, nurture and being active, which will allow your child to connect with themselves, their environment and their community.

All of our centres have access to open spaces, greenery and trees. We believe that exploring nature builds curiosity and makes learning fun for our tiny curious explorers of Earth.

Nourishment starts from within as we support your child with social skills, courage and perseverance for their own development milestones – giving them a strong start to their best life.

The Y has been supporting Kiwi kids to live actively since 1855. We’re the experts in fundamental movement skills, leading to a lifelong love of being active. Y children jump, dance and have fun as they play and learn.

Why Choose The Y Early Learning Centres?

20 Hours Free

The Y Early learning centres offer 20 ECE hours free for all children aged 3 and over

Fully Licensed

Our centres are fully licensed childcare and education facilities under the Ministry of Education for children aged 6 months - 6 years

MOE Audited & Accredited

Our early learning centres are audited and accredited by the Ministry of Education

WINZ Subsidies Available

WINZ Subsidies are available for qualified families

Qualified Staff

Our staff are fully trained, professionally qualified and committed to on-going personal development

Safeguarding Accredited

YMCA North is Aotearoa’s first and only accredited organisation through the Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF) as a child-safe organisation

Licensed for

59 children

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Whanganui - Whanganui

Wonder Kids Whanganui

Welcome to Wonder Kids.  We are a beautifully small centre centrally located in the heart of Whanganui.

We have a fantastic team of experienced nurturing kaiako working in a well resourced learning space where identity and uniqueness is celebrated, and whānau is welcome. Our values and passion come from experience and gained knowledge woven together with parent aspirations as our foundation.  We are proud to provide a calm learning environment where tamariki shine.

Licensed for

30 children

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Whanganui - Whanganui

BestStart Harrison Street

At BestStart Harrison Street we support our children to build their self-esteem, social skills and self-help skills to encourage a love of learning. We care for children from 0-6 years old and are open all year, only closing for public holidays.

Growing A Community

Our centre whanau and community are an important part of centre life, as we all come together to enrich the lives of our children. This reflects our vision of growing a community.  We love to give back to our whanau and community in as many ways as we can.

Here at BestStart Harrison Street, we know that children are active learners and we support their independence and choices, following their interests and extending their skills and knowledge. We nurture their relationships and support their learning and development through playful exploration so they can be happy, confident and capable learners.

Flexible and convenient – We provide quality education for children from birth to school age and have a wide variety of booking options to meet each child and family’s individual needs. We’re conveniently located in central Whanganui and are open from 7.30am – 5.30pm and throughout the school holidays. We also provide healthy and delicious morning and afternoon kai.

Sense of belonging – Parents and children experience a sense of belonging at BestStart Harrison Street. Families are at the heart of centre life and we value the rich diversity and contribution every family brings to our centre. Connections with our whānau community is core to our vision and centre philosophy. Our teaching team are open, friendly and welcoming and value the aspirations and expectations whanau have for their child.

Cultural connections – We acknowledge and promote New Zealand’s bi-cultural heritage by embracing and developing a deeper understanding of Te Ao Maori. We are proud of the cultural heritage of Aotearoa, New Zealand, the cultural diversity of our own community and of the exciting world around us.

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

90 children

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Whanganui - Whanganui

Tiny Nation Whanganui

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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4.17 (1)

Whanganui - Whanganui

Bright Beginnings Childcare Centre (Hatrick St)

Central to our philosophy is the well-being of both the child and their family. We believe that this is a strand of strength that embodies everything we do.  Our philosophy is based on child-led learning. We support this learning through a detailed planning process that provides an environment for your child to flourish.

FALL IN LOVE WITH BRIGHT BEGINNINGS

The child and the family's well-being

Central to our philosophy is the well-being of both the child and their family. We believe that this is a strand of strength that embodies everything we do.

Commitment to NZ's dual heritage

We embrace and promote New Zealand’s dual heritage through all aspects of our centre. Whether it be singing the National Anthem, talking to the children in Te Reo or fostering relationships through our Whanau programme, we believe it is critical for all children to respect and understand our Dual Heritage.

High expectations

We set the bar high. We expect a lot from our teachers and their development programmes. We also have high expectations when it comes to your child’s progress. These expectations aren’t just about “formal learning”, but informal learning – social skills, self awareness and their ability to adjust to any situation that confronts them.

Developing life long learners

It all comes down to this. Our success is how well we prepare your child for the world that awaits them. Their ability to adjust and adapt, to have a strong moral compass and their understanding of what makes New Zealand tick. These are some of the outcomes that a life-long learner would enjoy.

Stimulating environment

Our philosophy is based on child-led learning. We support this learning through a detailed planning process that provides an environment for your child to flourish.

Celebrating the efforts of the child

Children develop at a frightening pace. They establish their own learning agenda’s and through encouragement and development, achieve their goals. We believe these efforts should be celebrated.

Valuing relationships

We place a high value on all forms of relationships – teacher to parent, teacher to child, child to child. We also value inter-relationships within our centre’s – families to families and their wider whanau.

AMAZING TEACHERS!

We love our teachers …. and so do our families. Most of our staff have been with Bright Beginnings for a long time. They are well-known, respected and adored by the children that walk through our doors. When we recruit someone new, we embark on a thorough and exhaustive process to make sure they are not only capable of caring for your child, but that they also fit the culture and understand the expectations of a staff member of Bright Beginnings.

Licensed for

37 children

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5.00 (1)

Whanganui - Whanganui

Little Flyers Early Learning

Little Flyers is a small Early Learning Centre in central Whanganui. We are privately owned and provide quality education and care for children from birth to 5 years of age.

"Life is a journey, enjoy the flight"

At Little Flyers we are committed to providing our tamariki with the best possible start to their early years. We focus on developing their full potential through stimulating, supportive and nurturing environments. We understand the significant impact the infant, toddler and young child stages have on the rest of their lives, which is why our programme is focused around supporting each child's individual learning styles and providing them with an exciting place to grow and learn.

We value that each child will develop at their own pace and their own time. We establish a supportive atmosphere in which each and every child's individual needs and interests are nurtured and encourage

Licensed for

33 children

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Whanganui - Whanganui

Funhouse Learning Centre

“Your childs home away from home - He kainga manaaki i te nohinohi”

Funhouse first opened its doors in April 2000. Sustained growth led us expanding to the house next door in April 2008. Today, we wish we could expand again as we are bursting at the seams with happy families!

Our philosophy

Our founder, Judy Burgess, had a vision for Funhouse to be “your child’s home away from home”. This phrase has become our truth. At Funhouse, whanaungatanga / relationships are at the heart of everything we do – you join our whanau when you join our centre

We believe in the research that states that the early years lay the foundation for who a child grows up to be. And so, we empower children to thrive through an environment that is positive, nurturing, responsive and values each child for who they are.

At Funhouse we value kotahitanga / unity and partnership with whanau. Mahi tahi / working together, communicating and sharing insights helps us to provide optimal care and education for your child.

We respect New Zealand’s bicultural heritage and are committed to incorporating and portraying positively both cultural parties of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

The unique identity of each child in Funhouse whanau adds a beautiful diversity of different experiences and perspectives to our centre. Being a safe place where our differences can be shared and celebrated builds a disposition of aroha / care and understanding for future generations.

Te Whāriki, New Zealand’s world-famous early childhood education curriculum document, guides teaching and learning in our centre. It states that each child learns ‘a tona wa’ – uniquely, in their own time, and in their own way. We agree and therefore focus on getting to know each child individually.

Our curriculum planning and assessment is individual and focuses on each child’s evolving interests, strengths and needs. Our kaiako are passionate, creative and knowledgeable about how to strengthen and extend each child’s learning across all the domains of development. Play is valued as the ultimate vehicle through which tamariki learn.

Funhouse is proud to be an Enviroschool. We are committed to being a sustainable centre and to teaching a strong sense of connection to Papatūānuku.

Funhouse is a top tier Healthy Heart Award achiever. Our onsite cook prepares fresh, healthy meals daily; and we teach children about their nutritional and physical health. Our aspiration is for children to be healthy in body and mind.

We consider it a privilege to be chosen to partner with you in your child’s learning journey. Our goal is for each tamaiti to leave our centre well-equipped for their next stage in life - with a love of learning, secure in their identity, and confident to participate and contribute in society.

Licensed for

50 children

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Whanganui - Whanganui

Bright Beginnings Childcare Centre (Liverpool St)

FALL IN LOVE WITH BRIGHT BEGINNINGS

The child and the family's well-being

Central to our philosophy is the well-being of both the child and their family. We believe that this is a strand of strength that embodies everything we do.

Commitment to NZ's dual heritage

We embrace and promote New Zealand’s dual heritage through all aspects of our centre. Whether it be singing the National Anthem, talking to the children in Te Reo or fostering relationships through our Whanau programme, we believe it is critical for all children to respect and understand our Dual Heritage.

High expectations

We set the bar high. We expect a lot from our teachers and their development programmes. We also have high expectations when it comes to your child’s progress. These expectations aren’t just about “formal learning”, but informal learning – social skills, self awareness and their ability to adjust to any situation that confronts them.

Developing life long learners

It all comes down to this. Our success is how well we prepare your child for the world that awaits them. Their ability to adjust and adapt, to have a strong moral compass and their understanding of what makes New Zealand tick. These are some of the outcomes that a life-long learner would enjoy.

Stimulating environment

Our philosophy is based on child-led learning. We support this learning through a detailed planning process that provides an environment for your child to flourish.

Celebrating the efforts of the child

Children develop at a frightening pace. They establish their own learning agenda’s and through encouragement and development, achieve their goals. We believe these efforts should be celebrated.

Valuing relationships

We place a high value on all forms of relationships – teacher to parent, teacher to child, child to child. We also value inter-relationships within our centre’s – families to families and their wider whanau.

AMAZING TEACHERS!

We love our teachers …. and so do our families. Most of our staff have been with Bright Beginnings for a long time. They are well-known, respected and adored by the children that walk through our doors. When we recruit someone new, we embark on a thorough and exhaustive process to make sure they are not only capable of caring for your child, but that they also fit the culture and understand the expectations of a staff member of Bright Beginnings.

Licensed for

29 children

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Whanganui - Whanganui

KIDZ @ 303

303 is a great place to connect with other parents !

It is a welcoming parent -led environment with a family/whanau centred attitude.

303 is a great informal place to pop in for a cuppa and a chat. A wonderful chance to meet other parents and share parenting ideas .

There is always something new and interesting going on; great opportunities to learn and share new skills

Licensed for

22 children

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Whanganui - Whanganui

Rapanui Brunswick Playcentre

Haere Mai! Rapanui-Brunswick Playcentre welcomes you. We are a unique, rural early learning centre and a parent-led co-operative. We provide an environment where whānau can develop and extend the natural learning of our tamariki through play. We also offer free parent education courses.

Our children are supported to become confident, competent self-directed learners through play based around their interests. Our children gain knowledge through play, participation and positive guidance.

Our Children’s curiosity and creativity is nurtured through the fun range of experiences provided … no two days at Playcentre are the same.

Our children develop nurturing and social skills which have lifelong benefits. Siblings attend together, allowing older children to mentor younger children and practise empathy and caring.

Our parental relationships developed through Playcentre provide support from parents and help them develop new parenting and life skills.

Our parents are actively involved in providing our children’s learning programmes. The high adult to child ratio allows a good balance for group and individual support during each session.

There is no other organisation for early childhood education and family development quite like it in the world. Thousands of kiwi children, and their parents too, have grown up with Playcentre … book in for your three visits today and come and join the fun.

Licensed for

30 children

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Whanganui - Whanganui

Whanganui Central Baptist Kindergarten (CBK)

CBK - a safe place for your children to learn and grow

We see the awesomeness in every child and we love to celebrate this alongside children, whānau and community through nurture and learning from a Christian kaupapa.

Come and be part of CBK’s community, celebrating awesomeness alongside tamariki and whānau.

CBK welcomes babies and tamariki up to the age of six years. We offer flexible options aiming to work around your family life and aspirations.

Our philosophy is ‘Celebrating awesomeness alongside children, whānau and community through nurture and learning from a Christian kaupapa’; a platform to partner with you for the very best learning outcomes for your tamariki.

  • Experienced, committed and fun-loving Kaiako/Teachers
  • Excellent child/teacher ratios, from 1:3 to 1:10
  • An educational curriculum which reflects our Christian Kaupapa
  • Flexible sessions to suit your lifestyle
  • Close partnering with whānau and community
  • Dedicated spaces for different age groups, from 0 to 6 years
  • Exciting, engaging play spaces to stretch children's imaginations

Licensed for

84 children

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Whanganui - Whanganui

Fordell Preschool

We are a small rural Preschool situated next to Fordell. We offer a community and family focused Preschool for 2-6 year olds, with an extensive outdoor area (including large sandpit, bike track, veggie gardens and lots of room to play!). We promote a strong relationship with Fordell School which provides children with an easy transition to school life.

Licensed for

23 children

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Whanganui - Whanganui

Juni Uni Whanganui

Juni Uni Preschool began in Tauranga a decade ago to provide quality, affordable education and care to all families whilst providing a balance between structured activities and children’s interests. Recognising routines as the daily fabric that weaves a partnership between child and teacher, creating memories and giving children a sense of stability through routine.

During this time, we have grown alongside our families and expanded our reach throughout other regions.  It gives us pleasure to see siblings join us and great pride to farewell our graduates onto the next step of their learning journey.

Our daily rhythmn consists of a balance between free play and the structure of routines, both child and teacher directed experiences.

While we highly value free play, we also believe that children benefit from clear boundaries and structured activities/experiences. We place strong emphasis on providing an emergent curriculum that recoginses, responds to, and supports the individual discoveries, interests, and experiences of every child, as we recognise that children learn best through experiences of significance and importance to them. Through sharing, exploring and extending these experiences, more meaningful learning opportunities can arise.

At Juni Uni we believe in aiming high in never underestimating a child’s potential. We strive to help children develop a strong sense of self awareness, the confidence to believe in themselves – we encourage them to reach their fullest potential and excel through being aware of their own individual strengths and achievements.

Licensed for

42 children

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Whanganui - Whanganui

Te Puna Ako Ki Totara Puku

Te Puna Ako Ki Totara Puku - Whanganui East Community Early Learning Centre - is the first kindergarten in the city offering 7+ hours of care per day for infants up to children aged 6.    

Get the best of both worlds for your child!  

We offer a unique blend of Early Childhood Education: The convenience of year-round, all day care combined with the qualified, experienced staff and learning philosophy that Kindergartens are famous for.              

Te Puna Ako Ki Totara Puku, Whanganui East Care and Early Learning Centre has strong links with Whanganui East School. We are located within the school grounds and adjacent to the Kindergarten Playgroup and SKIP Parenting group. We develop strong relationships with our families, whanau and we are well supported by the local community.

Licensed for

45 children

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Whanganui - Whanganui

Te Kōhanga Reo o Tiehutia Te Waka

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

37 children

A picture of Central Kindergarten

Whanganui - Whanganui

Central Kindergarten

Central Kindergarten (formerly known as Keith Street) is next to Keith Street School, in central Whanganui.    

Our kindergarten is well resourced with a strong focus on active outdoor movement.  We provide a welcoming atmosphere for you and your child, and family input is encouraged and valued.

Licensed for

30 children

A picture of Harriette Vine Kindergarten

Whanganui - Whanganui

Harriette Vine Kindergarten

Harriette Vine Kindergarten is well resourced with excellent family and community support, a dedicated committee, and established relationships with schools in the area.    

Our kindergarten recently had our playground re-developed to help children’s growth and learning through outdoor play.

Licensed for

40 children

A picture of Marie McFarland Kindergarten

Whanganui - Whanganui

Marie McFarland Kindergarten

Marie McFarland Kindergarten in the seaside community of Castlecliff, provides a stimulating, well-resourced and safe educational learning environment for all children.    

We have recently developed our playground and this vibrant space is enjoyed by children and whanau.     

Our kindergarten receives great support from our families and the wider community.

Licensed for

40 children

A picture of Hundred Acre Pre-School

Whanganui - Whanganui

Hundred Acre Pre-School

At Hundred Acre Pre-School, we endeavour to develop an environment where you and your child have a strong sense of belonging and feel welcome the moment you step through the door.  It is the combination of the individual children who attend – their personalities and smiles – which makes our pre-school special.     

Hundred Acre Pre School is a community-based centre, providing quality childcare and education for children aged 6 weeks to 6 years.  Our licensed pre-school, caters for up to 38 precious children, with separate buildings for two developmental areas – under and over 2 years of age.  The two buildings are linked by an extensive clear solar-shield, providing protection from the elements and enabling continuous indoor and outdoor play all year round.

Licensed for

38 children

A picture of Te Kōhanga Reo o Kura Mahiao

Whanganui - Whanganui

Te Kōhanga Reo o Kura Mahiao

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

21 children

A picture of Te Kōhanga Reo o Te Puāwai o Te Aroha

Whanganui - Whanganui

Te Kōhanga Reo o Te Puāwai o Te Aroha

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

32 children

A picture of Te Kōhanga Reo o Kaiwhāiki

Whanganui - Whanganui

Te Kōhanga Reo o Kaiwhāiki

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

25 children

A picture of Te Kōhanga Reo o Mangawhero

Whanganui - Whanganui

Te Kōhanga Reo o Mangawhero

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

33 children

A picture of Te Kōhanga Reo o Mere Te Aroha

Whanganui - Whanganui

Te Kōhanga Reo o Mere Te Aroha

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

24 children

A picture of Te Kōhanga Reo o Parikino

Whanganui - Whanganui

Te Kōhanga Reo o Parikino

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

20 children

A picture of Te Kōhanga Reo o Pūtiki Wharanui

Whanganui - Whanganui

Te Kōhanga Reo o Pūtiki Wharanui

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

35 children

A picture of Te Kōhanga Reo o Te Hunga Kāwitiwiti

Whanganui - Whanganui

Te Kōhanga Reo o Te Hunga Kāwitiwiti

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

40 children

A picture of Te Kōhanga Reo o Te Reo Irirangi

Whanganui - Whanganui

Te Kōhanga Reo o Te Reo Irirangi

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

42 children

A picture of Te Kōhanga Reo o Te Matariki

Whanganui - Whanganui

Te Kōhanga Reo o Te Matariki

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

20 children

A picture of Te Kōhanga Reo o Koriniti

Whanganui - Whanganui

Te Kōhanga Reo o Koriniti

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

40 children

A picture of Te Kōhanga Reo o Te Rangahaua

Whanganui - Whanganui

Te Kōhanga Reo o Te Rangahaua

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

43 children