Campus Creche Hillcrest
Whekii caters to our smallest tamariki, from 3 months to 16 months old, in a beautiful old, home-like villa on the Campus Creche Hillcrest grounds with a teacher/child ratio of 1:4. Our team is culturally and linguistically diverse, offering a range of skills and passions that help to foster open-ended learning experiences and strong reciprocal and responsive relationships with each tamaiti and their whaanau.
Our centre offers a diversity of play spaces to encourage free movement and floor time for infants and meet toddlers' specific developmental needs.
Set on Hillcrest Road and looking out towards the University, our Koowhai whare is a vibrant and busy space for toddlers to experience the world and grow holistically. Our spacious backyard style play area offers opportunities for tamariki to explore the natural environment and develop in a socially responsive environment purpose-built for their developmental stage.
Set on a hilltop overlooking regenerating native bush and the new inland port, our Maire whare caters to tamariki from 2 years to 3 and ¾ years and offers opportunites for children to collaborate and grow holistically. The Maire team support culturally responsive development and recognises the importance of whakapapa in the learning journey of each tamaiti. With a purpose-built music room offering opportunities for music and movement and a day that is free-flowing, tamariki thrive in this generous and spacious environment.
Nestled in 11 hectares of natural, park-like grounds, Kauri offers lots of opportunities for children to explore, engage, and grow. Following the individual interests of each tamaiti, the teaching team offer diverse experiences both in the centre and during community excursions. Environmental sustainability is a large focus for the Kauri community, and we have large and productive vegetable gardens and fruit trees that we eat from year-round. We have birds, chickens, Poppy (our lizard) and more that the tamariki help to care for.