Waiapu Kids Centres2015-03-24T19:33:12+00:00

Waiapu Kids Centres

Anglican Care Waiapu’s vision is to provide an educational environment that is stimulating, exciting and empowers children to learn. The centres reflect our bi-cultural heritage and multi-cultural society of New Zealand incorporating the curriculum, Te Whariki into the programme.

Our Early Childhood Education Centres make a significant difference in their community. This is driven by the passion, professionalism and experience of Managers, Teachers and Educators and their focus on the interests of the children and families. While there are challenges in the early education sector we mitigate such things such as isolation and cost by being as accessible as possible.

The landscape of our Early Childhood Centres is incredibly varied and reflects the cultural diversity of our communities. We are very fortunate to have experienced and highly qualified Māori and Pasifika staff in senior positions. This makes their leadership amongst our whānau and Pasifika families very important.

All our Early Childhood Centres perform well and each one has special qualities that are unique to their community. Our ERO reports continue to be positive and these are an important part of the continuing development of this service.


Waiapu Kids Te Hapara Whanau Aroha is located in the heart of the parish community and has a strong kaupapa as we have been running for 20 years. It is licenced for 50 children and we cater for children up to the age of five.

We acknowledge Māori as tangata whenua and we are committed to Te Tiriti o Waitangi-based partnerships. We welcome, respect and recognise with aroha the diverse and unique perspectives of our parents and whānau. We are committed to Te Reo as a language that is central to the development of our children at Te Hapara and we integrate into our teaching.

Early Childhood Education is provided for infants to school aged children and parents and Whānau are encouraged to support the centre by attending sessions. The centre building has recently been renovated and enlarged to accommodate up to 50 children. A Whānau Aroha support Worker is available to support children, parents and whānau.

Whānau Support Workers work closely with Early Childhood teachers to provide a holistic service for whānau and children. Mothers are welcome to attend programmes whilst children are at the Early Childhood Centre. On site parents can access a Whanau Aroha Worker/Social Worker, Counsellor and Grief Services.

  • Waiapu Kids St. Matthews

  •   Address: 207 Lyndon Road West, Hastings
  •   Centre Manager: Rayna Wallace
  •   Phone: (06) 878 6924
  •   Email: rayna@acw.org.nz 
  •  Open Monday to Friday 8am-5pm
  •  Special character: • Mixed aged setting, allowing for siblings to be educated and cared for alongside each other • Licensed for children from new born to 5 years • Spaces are available for either part of whole days • Closed for 3 weeks over Christmas period
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St. Matthews is situated in the heart of the Hastings business district within the grounds of St. Matthew's Anglican Church. The centre is licensed to provide educational care for 35 children (5 places for under 2 year olds and 30 places for children over 2 years old). The centre is open from 8am until 5pm. Full and part time places are available and all of the children have the opportunity to learn and to interact together.

The Te Whāriki Early Childhood Curriculum is well suited to the centre's culturally diverse role. Every child's identity, language, culture, strengths and interests are incorporated into their play and learning. The centre also has a wider community focus which supports the children's different backgrounds.

The St. Matthews Teachers support and extend each and every child's individual interests and capture such treasured moments in special keepsake narratives and photographs for the Whānau. Playing and having fun are key components of the St. Matthews Philosophy and Curriculum.

The parents and whānau’s aspirations and expectations for their children are listened to and respected. The Teachers’ response to this information is visibly woven throughout the assessment and planning documentation and teaching practice. The Early Childhood Centre prides itself in the positive environment it provides for both Teachers and Tamariki. A long standing team of committed Early Childhood Teachers enables the incorporation of professional knowledge and skills into the daily curriculum and contributes to the high quality service provided’.

Our Philosophy: Children learn through play and a stimulating environment. Teachers are trained to extend children’s knowledge and development and enhance their cultural awareness. We will promote their confidence and independence. Together we will have fun.

Waiapu Kids Abbotsford is in the town centre of Waipawa and is the only mixed aged Early Childhood Education provider in the town. The centre is open from 8am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. We are a special character Early Childhood Education provider with close links to the local Anglican Parish. We welcome new children.

  • Special character: mixed age group to suit town and rural families, all or part day.
  • We are licenced for 33 children, 9 under two years of age and 24 over two years of age.
  • Waiapu Kids St. Francis Whanau Aroha

  •   Address: 13 Thomas Crescent, Western Heights, Rotorua
  •   Centre Manager: Erin Batley
  •   Phone: (07) 347 3080
  •   Fax: (07) 347 3080
  •   Email: erin@acw.org.nz 
  •  Open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 3pm
  •  For children from new born to 6 years
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Our Centre offers Early Childhood Education consisting of exciting, stimulating and educational programmes.

  • We recognise the holistic way children learn and grow within their individual stage of development. We have a commitment to strive to make available affordable early childhood education within the centre.
  • We offer quality affordable early childhood education for children in a fun learning environment.  We cater for 42 children aged between 2 – 5 years old, including 5 spaces for children under 2 years.
  • We have a spacious grassed outdoor area for children to explore in and a cosy well resourced indoor area.  Our centre prides itself with the healthy heart Award offering nutritional meals for our tamariki.
  • Our experienced team are committed to the Treaty of Waitangi and the Early Childhood Curriculum document, Te Whariki as living documents and acknowledge the dual Heritage of Aotearoa into our programme and environment.
  • The availability of a eight seater van enables us to take the children out of the centre to explore our environment and our community.
  • The clergy and members of the local Anglican Parish visit our centre every fortnight to share Biblical stories and songs with our children, we also frequent the church to share Easter and Christmas services. This relationship both reflects and strengthens the Faith based character of our Centre.
  • Waiapu Kids Merivale Whanau Aroha

  •   Address: 45 Henderson Crescent, Parkvale , Tauranga
  •   Centre Manager: Saskia Dean
  •   Phone: (07) 571 5121
  •   Fax: (07) 571 5121
  •   Email: saskia@acw.org.nz 
  •  Open Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm
  •  For children new born to 6 years
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Our vision is to provide an educational environment that is stimulating, exciting and empowers children to learn. The centre will reflect the bi-cultural heritage and multi-cultural society of New Zealand incorporating the curriculum, Te Whāriki into the programme.

The holistic development of children will be supported by staff respecting children individually where their strengths and interests are encouraged to become competent and confident learners.

Developing a partnership with parents/guardians/whānau through communication and consultation is encouraged and valued to support and assist children in their learning and development.

A social worker is available to all families to offer support in varying aspects of parenting and is able to assist in confidence with any concerns and who enhances and encourages positive change to all the whānau. We endorse and encourage parent involvement with emphasis on full participation in attending our parenting programmes.

We strive to provide affordable quality early education and care to children under five years of age where children are empowered to learn and grow in a caring stable environment, incorporating Christian principles and the Anglican ethos of care, respect and equity.

You may qualify for ECE hours for children who are aged 3 and 4 years old or a WINZ subsidy or Anglican Care Waiapu subsidy. Options can be discussed with the manager.

St. George’s is well established, having delivered quality education and care to the Whakatane and surrounding district since 1974. The service offers specialised programmes to both infants and toddlers, and over three-year-olds in well-resourced and appropriate learning environments.

The inclusive centre kaupapa focuses on building relationships with children and families and on-going learning for all, including teachers.

Relationships are valued as the foundation to quality care and education. At St. Georges, children are encouraged to be courageous, curious, trusting and playful and our staff encourage children to persevere and be confident. We help the development of responsibility in each child. These are the foundations of lifelong learning – from Early Childhood Education and beyond.”