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Harakeke Early Learning Centre, Rotorua

Helping children develop a passion for exploration and learning

We provide high quality early childhood education and care where love and respect are hallmarks of our daily lives. The physical and emotional wellbeing of all children is our guiding principle.

We acknowledge Te Whāriki, the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, as the framework that guides our practice. We provide a peaceful, calm and consistent atmosphere that gives children a sense of security and comfort, as they become leaders in their play.

Our centre is licensed for 80 Children from zero to six years, with up to 16 aged under two. We operate Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 4:30pm.

Learning Through Exploration & Play

Harakeke Centre Facilities

Te Reo & Tikanga Maori

Helping children develop a passion for exploration and learning

We recognise Māori as the first people of Aotearoa New Zealand, deliberately weaving te reo and tikanga Maori into our daily practice.

We live and work by the following values:

  • Manaakitanga: trust, sincerity, equity
  • Wānanga: enthusiasm for learning and discovery
  • Whanaungatanga: meaningful and reciprocal relationships
  • Ako: children and teachers bring knowledge with them from which all are able to learn

“You’re all doing an amazing job looking after and teaching our tamariki.”


“Thank you so much to all the staff for caring & loving my l’il girl as your own.”