Why Choose Olive Tree Education & Care in Mt Maunganui?

Four Good Reasons to Send Your Child to Olive Tree

At Olive Tree Education and Care in Arataki, Mount Maunganui, you’ll find happy children in a nurturing environment, enjoying genuine relationships with caring teachers who facilitate creative play and quality learning experiences.

We offer full-time and sessional education and care for children aged 6 months – 5 years. Open 7.30am-5.30pm.

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1. WE HAVE A BIG HEART FOR CHILDREN

We honour each child as a gift to be discovered and developed.

We believe each and every child is created in the image of God, uniquely talented and gifted. Our passion as educators and carers is to nourish, nurture, affirm and encourage each child in his or her uniqueness. And, we want them to have fun in the process!

As an educational trust we’re not-for-profit, we’re for children.

Children are our priority, our reason for existence, our primary focus and our delight. When business decisions have to be made such as teacher:children ratios it’s the well-being of our children, rather than the bottom line, that guides our thinking. Our greatest desire is to see your child thrive and get the best possible start in life. We believe we can support our community by building positive relationships with the children and families who call that community home.

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2. WE WELCOME PARENT INVOLVEMENT

Our door is always open.

Parents/whānau are very welcome to be involved in our daily programme at any time. We believe that parents are the primary educators and we count it a privilege to partner with and support you in that important role. When teachers and parents work together for the good of each child, everybody wins.

You can count on us to care.

Our teachers have become a trusted support system for many children and their parents or caregivers. Family life can be demanding and we are here alongside you as partners in your child’s early learning journey. It’s our pleasure to offer a listening ear during daily routines, and support during times of crisis.

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3. WE RUN A FUN PROGRAMME AND GO ON LOTS OF ADVENTURES TOGETHER

Children are happy to be dropped off at our centre because there
is always something interesting happening! Our Head Teacher,
 Philip Brickell, is all about getting maximum fun out of learning experiences for children. The boys especially love having a male teacher who will play and wrestle with them and help them with building projects. Recently, Philip and the children built a large- scale castle. The children love it and are so proud to be able to play in something they helped to create.

Every Wednesday all of our 3-5 year olds have an adventure together, enjoying activities like 
bike days, games on the sports
-field, beach trips, visits to local community organisations and picnics in and around the beautiful Mount Maunganui and Tauranga area.

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4. OUR CHRISTIAN VALUES CREATE A LOVING ENVIRONMENT

At the heart of our Christian faith is the belief that God has a big heart for people and for the world he created. By receiving his transformational love we are empowered to reflect that love to the people in our lives and especially to the little ones in our care.

We have a heart-felt and faith- filled desire to respect, accept, nurture, support and affirm your child. It is our privilege to enjoy their uniqueness, to develop their gifts and talents and to bring them into a positive experience of God’s love.

Our programme may include reading Bible stories, singing Christian songs and saying grace, karakia, before meals. Christian themes are sometimes explored in our teaching and learning, and relevant Bible verses may be included in learning stories.

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Why Choose Olive Tree Education and Care?

WE HAVE  A BIG HEART FOR CHILDREN. We honour each child as a gift to be discovered and developed. Our passion as educators is to nourish, nurture, affirm and encourage each child in his or her uniqueness. Read more
WE WELCOME PARENT INVOLVEMENT.  Our door is always open. We believe that parents are the primary educators and we count it a privilege to partner with and support you in that important role. Parents/whanau are very welcome to be involved in our daily programme at any time. Read more
OUR MALE HEAD TEACHER RUNS AN EXCITING LEARNING PROGRAMME.  This is a centre where boys can be boys and girls can do anything! We run a fun and stimulating programme with lots of hands-on adventures for active kids. Read more
OUR BABIES & TODDLERS UNIT IS SPACIOUS AND NURTURING.  Families love that our space is double that of many centres. Our teachers have years of experience behind them and especially love working with the under 3’s children.  Read more
OUR CHRISTIAN VALUES CREATE A LOVING ENVIRONMENT. We have a heart-felt and faith-filled desire to respect, accept, nurture, support and affirm your child. It is our privilege to enjoy their uniqueness, to develop their gifts and talents and to bring them into a positive experience of God’s love. Read more