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Qualified, passionate teachers, large outdoor spaces, transition to school programmes and 20 ECE hours each week.

Our Location > Te Rapa EEW Centre

32 te rapa early education waikato 1464141407

Monday-Friday 7.30am - 5.30pm
* Daily charge applies.

P 07 849 7693

0800 CHILDREN (244 537)


76 Vickery Street, Hamilton


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Te Rapa Early Education Waikato is purpose-built providing inclusive, high quality early childhood education and childcare in Hamilton. We operate separate infants, toddlers and kindergarten areas to enhance children’s learning. The programme is based on planned experiences and is responsive to children’s individual interests and needs.  

Separate Learning Areas (approx ages)
Infants Room: 3 months - 20 months
Toddler Room: 20 months - 3 years
Kindergarten Room: 3 years - School

  • Provides inclusive, high quality early education & care.
  • Warm & welcoming qualified staff who are passionate about caring and learning.
  • Teachers work with infants so that routines and a strong sense of belonging is nurtured.
  • Well resourced and large grassed outdoor play area framed by a large park area.
  • Cook prepares quality nutritious meals. Healthy Heart Award Pa Hareke (Highest level of Heart Foundation NZ)
  • Children develop social interaction and respect.
  • Learning is based on the NZ Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whāriki.
  • An exclusive early childhood partnership with the Enviroschools Programme (eg. recycling, composting, gardening).
  • In Partnership with Sports Waikato Under5 Energize to eat healthy, be active & have fun! 
  • Value family/whānau and centre partnership.
  • Opportunies are provided for children to explore and learn according to their individual needs and interests.
  • Commitment to reflect our bicultural heritage.
  • Transition to school programme.

"Teachers are very good at finding new and exciting ways to teach the kids things."

- Family Survey

"A high quality learning programme that is responsive to children's strengths and interests, and which reflects the centre's focus on children's health and well-being."

- ERO Report

"Teachers are fantastic, so warm an caring, I trust them completely with my baby."

- Family Survey

Our qualified staff carefully plan programmes that fulfil the early childhood curriculum. We aim to ensure children are competent, confident and successful learners. Children will learn and develop:

  • A strong foundation in reading, writing and maths
  • Art, creativity, music and dance skills
  • An understanding of sustainability and their environment
  • The importance of New Zealand's heritage
  • Social skills, behaviour management and manners
  • Self confidence
  • Learning skills such as independence, creativity and curiosity
  • Friendships that may last throughout their schooling
  • Relationships with consistent, familiar teachers
  • To understand and operate within a structured routine

Teachers provide learning extensions that prepare you child for school which include numeracy & numbers, literacy & language, nature & science, computers & technology, puzzles & games, creative arts, sand & water play, trips, transition to school programme, child friendships… and more!

Children work together at mat time to share daily information, stories, songs, movement, drama & waiata, etc.

A typical daily learning routine

Note: Babies have a primary caregiver who will respect and follow your child's unique routine (eg. when to sleep, preferred wrap).

7.30am - Welcome children & family/whānau
Activities/Child led learning
9.15am - Mat Time Hui
9.30am - Morning Tea Kai
Activities/Child led learning
11.15am - Mat Time Hui
11.30am - Lunch Kai
12.00pm - Sleep (or rest for non-sleepers)
Activities/Child led learning
2.15pm - Mat Time Hui
2.30pm - Afternoon Tea Kai
Activities/Child led learning
5.00pm - Late Snack Kai
5.30pm - Farewell children Haere rā

Sue Sue

Centre Manager

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