Ecokids is a privately owned childcare centre based in Raureka, Hastings, catering for children aged from birth to school age. Set in an old church building, there is plentiful space indoors and out to provide quality learning opportunities and experiences for the children.
Our outside areas are lush with native plants and are rich in fauna and flora giving the children the opportunities to play and learn in a fantastic natural environment. Our inside area has been designed to maximise the use of space we have with targeted learning areas.
We have two designated rooms designed to cater for the different needs and stages of the children. Ruma Iti is for children from birth to around 2.5 years. Ruma Nui is for children from 2.5 years to school age.
There is an important focus on environmental sustainability at Ecokids and through hands on learning the children get the chance to enjoy, explore and experience learning how to care for the natural environment.
Ecokids promotes the development of active and confident learners who think, question, seek information and apply knowledge to the best of their ability.
Take a look around Ecokids
Open hours and fees
Ecokids is open from Monday to Friday from 7:45am to 5:15pm.
We are closed on public holidays. Please note that we do close at 3pm on Christmas Eve.
You can request a copy of the fee schedule.
We offer a 10% discount for siblings attending full-time.
20 hours ECE
Parents of children aged 3, 4 or 5 are eligible to receive the 20 hours ECE. This is available for up to 6 hours per day for a maximum of 20 hours per week.
We can also help/support you to source a WINZ subsidy if you are entitled to one.
What we provide
– A nutritious morning and afternoon tea for children aged two and over
– Due to dietary requirements/allergies/needs we ask that children under two provide their own morning/afternoon tea
– Sunblock throughout the day
– Nappies and wet wipes
– A stimulating, warm caring natural environment which will develop and foster your child's learning
– Small handful of spare clothing and footwear
What we believe in
At Ecokids the children are at the heart of everything we do. We build strong, loving and supportive relationships with all our children so they feel secure in themselves and with the Ecokids team. When our children feel appreciated and safe in their relationships they will feel empowered to challenge themselves, explore, take risks and have fun. We believe that children need uninterrupted time to investigate their environment and to build on their theories about their world and we endeavor to provide this where possible.
Ecokids strives to provide an environment that is sustainable and full of beauty that children can explore freely. Our supplies and furnishings are chosen from environmental sustainable sources and many of our resource are provided by nature. We encourage children to become aware of their environment ranging from their family unit through to our planet and support them to develop a sense of responsibly for it. We believe any change is a good one so we recycle, we have vegetable gardens and fruit trees, we compost our food scrapes and the children take a lead role in this. We are developing a ‘green’ office and many other projects are underway.
New Zealand is beautiful and holds a unique place in the world. We have a rich bicultural heritage and we recognize the importance of this at Ecokids and reflect this in the programme and learning environment.
We strive for a peaceful calm environment at Ecokids. Teachers model peaceful communication and connections with children, other staff and parents and whanau. This communication helps us to form meaningful relationships with our families and community. Through these relationships we endeavor to bring our diverse community into our environment to enrich our children’s lives.
If you would like to learn more about Ecokids and all we have to offer, do not hesitate to come and pop in to our centre to have a look around, we would love to meet you.
We are also currently looking for quality relievers to add to our existing reliever group.
Do you have a passion for nurturing and encouraging young children, want to work where you can have fun, and like to take care and have pride in your environment?
If so, then we would love to here from you, please send us an email with cover letter and CV