Our Learning Centres

To assist the natural growth of our tamariki and their learning, Footprints educare has four learning centres.  Each centre represents the different stages of our tamariki’s journey from infant to pre-schooler. 


“It is important to us that all tamariki receive the best love and care they deserve to flourish in who they are”.


By establishing these four centres we are able to effectively develop and support the learning growth of our tamariki.  Each centre achieves this by facilitating learning through enhancing the child’s individual interests and presenting opportunity for knowledge development and understanding of the world around them.


The Nest Room.jpg

The Nest

Where our babies start their journey.

Ages 3 months – 18 months


The nest provides the warmth, protection, love and nurture for our babies to begin their journey of discovery.


Carefully trained and selected staff are given the privilege to create exciting, interactive and loving

explorations of learning for your precious baby.


‘Ahakoa he iti he pounamu’.

‘Despite being small you are of great value.’

Kiwi Room.jpg

Kiwi Room

Where our tamariki take their next steps

Age 18 months – 3 years old


The Kiwi are well-known for being flightless birds, less known though is that they are fast movers and fast learners.  In this area our tamariki are making giant steps both physically and educationally.  They are experiencing the ‘first’ of many exciting moments.


The Kiwi room provides the perfect environment for your tamariki to develop their knowledge and understanding of themselves and the world around them, while having much fun!!!


With engagement and play our tamariki start sharing their knowledge and learnings with each other.


The amazing Kiwi team care for your tamariki standing on a foundation of aroha, affection, affirmation, honour and respect.


‘Poipoia te kakano Kia puawai’

‘Nuture the seed and it will blossom’

Tui Room.jpg

Tui Room

Where our tamariki learn to fly!!

Ages 3 – 4 years old


“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13


Our native Tui bird are well-known for being strong in voice as well as attitude!!  They are strong in flight, protective and great dispersers of seed, they are instrumental in the growth of our botanical population.


It is here where we see our tamariki starting to fly.  They are finding their place and their strengths are becoming more evident. 


Our wonderful Tui educators are passionate about child-lead learning.  They so cleverly weave curriculum around the interests of your tamariki.  Early concepts of maths, science, art and reading are carefully integrated in their play making learning interesting and lots of fun.


It is here you will see your tamariki take flight preparing them well for their next step in their journey – Karearea.

Karaearea Room_edited.jpg


Encouraging our tamariki to soar

Ages 4-5 years old


The Karearea is the king of our native birds.  Their large wing span allows them to soar for long periods and to great heights, having the resilience to rise above the storms of life.  


Our dynamic Karearea team provide the opportune environment for your tamariki, one that supports their development preparing them for later learning - growing life-long skills.  This is achieved by providing pathways that develop their knowledge and understanding of themselves and the world around them.


Our goal is that all our tamariki learn to soar in their learning environments equipping them well for success in the next step of their journey to school! ...👣 

‘They that wait upon the lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary and they shall walk and not faint.’ Isaiah 40:31

We see the environment as an important learning tool for our tamariki.


Footprints educare facilities have been carefully designed to make the most of our beautiful Far North setting.  All learning centres are integrated by design with the outdoors.  Whether it be lunch together, water play, or story time under the Pohutakawa tree – exploration of our environment is encouraged and celebrated.

Maori cultural expression is important to us here at Footprints educare.  It is integral to who we are.


Our learning centres weave engaging cultural activities:

  • Waiata

  • Nga mahi toi

  • Kupu Māori

  • Kapa Haka

  • Kaimoana


Valuing each other is important. 

We love to explore the diversity of other cultures living within our community through Whakawhānaungatanga (becoming family together).

See more translations in our Glossary 

Learn more about Footprints Educare