“Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti arahia o tatou mahi."

"Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work."

“A child is a treasure, to be nurtured, to grow and flourish.”

Te Whariki, The Early Childhood Curriculum.

“Take care of our children. Take care of what they hear, take care of what they see, take care of what they feel. For how the children grow will be the shape of Aotearoa.”

Dame Whina Cooper.

Whangai ka tupu ka puawai

That which is nurtured blossoms and grows.


Our team provides a curriculum where teachers spend a great deal of time listening to Mokopuna and encouraging their thoughts, ideas and opinions. Tamariki are encouraged to find answers for themselves, to problem solve and inquire.

We are a community of learners, whãnau, teachers and tamariki growing together. Each have personal strengths that enriches further learning to ensure the holistic development of the child as a competent, capable and confident learner.

We have vacancies for 0-6 year olds in our centre where we offer:

  • Fully qualified professional early childhood teachers.
  • Spacious grounds where your child can explore and create meaningful theories about the world in the natural environment.
  • Up to 30 hours free early childhood care and education.
  • Free nappies, nutritious food and transport within our community.
  • A strong whãnau focus where we value a child’s culture, language and identity while focusing on ‘what learning matters here’.

All visitors are welcome and we encourage whãnau to become involved at Te Atawhai in the care and education of their taonga – we look forward to meeting you.

Settling In

We know that it can be challenging to leave your Mokopuna at a centre. You have made a well informed decision into leaving your Mokopuna in our care as our qualified teachers have the skills, knowledge and expertise to comfort and support your child during this time.

It is important that each Mokopuna is nurtured and encouraged gently to adjust to Te Atawhai. We ask that you take the time to make sure that your Mokopuna is settled or in the care of a teacher. We will do all that we can to support and guide you, your whãnau and your tamariki through this process. It takes time to build trust and form relationships. When tamariki feel this sense of belonging and wellbeing, then they will begin to flourish.


We provide all nappies for babies, toddlers and tamariki when attending the centre. These are documented and parents have full access to the Toileting Chart which is situated in the changing/toileting room.


We are open 8.30am to 3.00pm on Monday to Friday. We are open all year round. We are only closed for Public Holidays.


We provide delicious and nutritional meals for all tamariki attending the centre. This provides Mokopuna with the sustenance to nurture their bodies (tinãna), minds (hinengaro) and spirit (wairua).


Te Atawhai aims to provide a warm and safe environment with positive outcomes for whãnau and tamariki. In the event of your tamaiti being sick we ask that you keep them at home until they are well. Should your tamaiti become sick at the centre or show symptoms of ill health, you will be notified so you can take your tamaiti home as soon as possible.