EduKids Queen Street Hastings
Kia ora, Welcome, Namaste, Kamusta, Nihao, Marhaba, Fakaalofa atu, Talofa and Malo.
EduKids Queen is a quality, multicultural childcare centre for babies through to preschool children. We are in the heart of the lively Hastings CBD, directly opposite Queens Square Park. To support our working whānau our childcare centre is open from 7.30am until 5.30pm.
“Where all cultures come together to learn”
Our unique multicultural community
Our nurturing teachers come from different cultural backgrounds. At EduKids Queen we celebrate the different languages and cultures within our community. We recognise the importance of the child’s first language and support this through multiple literacies such as art, drama, music and drawing. You will find that as you arrive you are greeted in your home language. Children have opportunities to experience and make sense of the world around them in an environment where different cultures are valued and accepted. We take pride in the diversity of cultures within our centre and it is our differences that unites us and has shaped our centre.
Sharing and celebrating our cultural values
We recognise our parents and whānau as first teachers. Our teachers are passionate and dedicated in learning about our whānau values and aspirations and incorporating this into our daily practice. We respect the uniqueness of each family and the wealth of knowledge and expertise they bring to our centre. Our teachers show respect and support different ways of learning. Teachers carefully select resources that reflect the different cultures of our centre community.
Taking advantage of our central position in this community
We are in the heart of the lively Hastings CBD. This gives us great opportunity to explore our immediate surroundings with regular outing to the Hastings library, Queens Square park and our local New World supermarket. We also visit Age Concern weekly and join in with their active movement and share waiata. Through our community involvement, we foster a warm, welcoming and friendly atmosphere for our children, whānau and community.
Be School Ready
Our exclusive Be School Ready initiative prepares children for school and their next stage of learning through innovative activities that cater for small groups and individuals. Our learning programmes promote self-help, social skills and a sense of belonging through interest based investigations.
We have a Healthy Heart Award
“We are extremely proud and excited to announce that we have received a Whanau Healthy Heart Award from the Heart Foundation for the amazing things we do to promote healthy food and physical activity. We are helping our tamariki to have healthy habits and healthy hearts for life.”
Watch us in action!
“My daughter has been at EduKids Queen Street Hastings since January 2016. During this time I have found the staff to be very helpful, supportive and friendly. The room environment is very lovely and represents and respects all cultures. Storypark is amazing and I feel I never miss out on any special moments. My daughter is always learning new things and always involved in everything. I also love that the teachers support the children to get involved with the community and do weekly trips” – Ana
“Thank you to Mia, Shona and Tash in the Pukeko room. Kaia has become such a bright little baba since being a part of the class with interactions and learning with the other children. You all have become a big part of our family with letting Harrison (older brother) be involved and having the freedom to visit from the Kiwi room, whenever possible”. – Renee
“Since enrolling my daughter into the centre, I have found the staff in Pukeko Room are enthusiastic, professional and supportive kaiako to my daughter. It makes me happy to know that while I’m at work, she is in good hands. As soon as I entered the facility to meet with staff, I was made to feel welcome and the process of transitioning my daughter into full time care was so smooth. I would like to acknowledge the staff for the wonderful care they provide my girl each day. Nga mihi mahana kia tatou.” – Janelle
We are excited to offer our families access to Storypark e-portfolios. They are a great way to keep up to date with what your child is doing while at the centre. You can log in to check out photos of them and comment on their activities. Click here for more information.