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20 Months – 5 Years

A fun nurturing family like atmosphere in which all children and their families are respected, feel welcomed and are valued.

An emergent child initiated, flexible education programme

…based around all children interests, ideas and strengths. Children learn and explore at their own pace with endless opportunities to discover, be curious, ask questions, be creative and work in collaboration with their peers and teachers to create life long memories and a passion for learning.

100% New Zealand qualified first aid trained team of teachers

…that are recognised, supported and respected by each other who specialise in and have many years of experience with young children. A Team approach where children have the same teachers daily enabling them to form special bonds with teachers who thrive on seeing the delight and curiosity on children’s faces each and every day.

Teachers who are passionate and dedicated

…which is reflected in the high quality interactions, relationships and teaching moments that happen on a daily basis, who respect children’s work and creations and celebrate every child’s success.

Nutritious and healthy meals cooked by our onsite cook

…which includes fruit and vegetables at all meal times. A menu plan which is child friendly and guided by the Ministry of Education to ensure children are receiving the best possible nutrition for healthy development and growth. All meals and snacks are served in a separate dining area where the children sit together socialise and feel that they are sitting around their very own dining table with their friends.

A large and spacious outdoor and indoor environment that inspires

…and motivates children to role play, peer teach and develop self-confidence and respect for themselves, the environment and each other. An ever changing outdoor environment with movable equipment to stimulate and challenge children to reach their full physical potential, where they are able to explore and challenge their physical capabilities and gain the confidence to embrace and try new things.

Busy Minds sees your child as more than a number

…they are valued as little people and are a part of our family, we value and believe in parent partnership and endeavor to ensure we are open and honest with every family and that we are meeting the aspirations every family has for their child. Communication is an integral part and of up most importance to us ensuring we are meeting the needs of all children and their families.

Playball. A fun interactive sport and movement development class

…with dedicated coaches promoting and developing children’s large and fine motor skills, balance, timing, listening and co-ordination skills through team sports (cricket, soccer, tennis, hockey, baseball and netball) and fun age appropriate group games.

Flexible enrolment times

…20 ECE hours subsidy scheme, WINZ support for all ages.

Children are able to work with an iPad to support their learning

…through age appropriate Apps. The iPad is used alongside other teaching, as a tool to help and support children to explore the world around them, have their questions answered, research and investigate things they want to know about or see and record special moments of their day.

TRANSITION TO SCHOOL PROGRAMME…

Here at Busy Minds children aged 4 years and older are involved in our very successful and positive transition to school programme.

Each day during group time the children are involved in a variety of learning activities and experiences that promote pre-reading and writing skills (we use the Casey Caterpillar writing system like that of many of our local feeder schools) numeracy skills, small group games encouraging peer teaching and role modelling, problem solving activities, self-help skills, science awareness and learning to persevere with a task.
The programme values the importance of independence with children using school bags and having a lunch box day fortnightly. Children are encouraged to share their ideas, be listened to and confidently ask for help when required. By offering such a programme children are given the best possible start to their future learning by developing the confidence and necessary skills to make the transition to school a positive and fun experience.

What our parents say about our transition to school programme…

“Our Son has been at Busy Minds for nearly two years and we cannot thank the team enough for all their amazing support and hard work throughout his time there. There are always happy smiling faces from both teachers and children as soon as you walk in.

The experiences Sebastian has been involved in since being at Busy Minds are too many to count; plant growing, water-slides, astronomy, soup making, play-ball, penguin encounters, super hero days- where do we stop!!! The gentle support for learning with Sebastian who was reluctant to go to any childcare, try anything new or even hold a crayon has been fantastic.

We now have a big boy who is confident, chatty, happy to learn, knows his letters and numbers and draws hundreds of pictures a day- all ready for “BIG SCHOOL” thanks to Busy Minds. We really feel we could not have got a better pre-school start for him. Thanks heaps, you fab people we will miss you lots.”

Tom and Karen

“Over the time my children have been attending Busy Minds, I have never been able to fault any aspect of the centre or the educators.

The centre has a welcoming family feeling, with a great bunch of teachers who are truly in to making your child enjoy their time with them.

They have fun with the kids, all the while teaching them important skills for their upcoming time at school. They prepare your child so well for school that many Busy Minds children are excelling at school from very early on.

The meals are fantastic and nutritious, with even the most fussy loving lunches and snacks!
I never worry about my children after I drop them off for the day as I know I have left them with people who really care, as opposed to just going to work!”

Lynda