For all your day care needs in Pukete, Hamilton

Bright Babes Early Learning Centre Hamilton is independently owned by husband and wife team, Paul and Jody. Since opening in 2006, the staff at Bright Babes have provided a caring, educational and healthy environment for infants from birth to school-age in separate caring areas. Bright Babes also offer on-site before and after school care , ensuring optimum convenience for parents.

Our play-based environment enables children’s natural inquisitiveness to guide them as they develop skills that set them up for success throughout life. Magda Gerba’s philosophies are applied for children under-2. This results in polite, respectful, resilient children who are confident curious achievers, tolerant and supportive of others.

Conveniently located beside Pukete School, Bright Babes Early Learning Centre caters for children from further afield too, many of whom transfer from other child care centres. Recently there have been children on the roll from Rototuna, Te Rapa, Queenwood and Forest Lake to name a few. The convenience of being located on the corners of Pukete Road and Cullimore Street is only beaten by the convenience of being able to collect all your children from one place at the end of a busy day.

To find out more about childcare at the early learning centre or before or after school care, contact us today.

Exceptional value, even before your childcare subsidy and 20 hours ECE discounts are applied

With all 3 and 4-year-olds getting discounted rates through the Ministry of Educations 20 hours ECE scheme, you will be pleasantly surprised at the affordability of our childcare in Hamilton. Even if your child isn’t yet 3 though you will still be impressed at what you receive. Fees include:

  • nutritious lunches
  • morning and afternoon teas
  • late snacks
  • nappies and wipes

Bright Babes also offers places for families eligible for a NZ childcare subsidy including WINZ subsidies and our team can help you apply for funding.

Contact us to discuss your Hamilton-based childcare needs and we can provide you with a tailored quote.

Philosophy and Mission

All childcare providers are guided by their philosophy and Bright Babes Early Learning Centre is no different. Centre philosophies are important to read when considering early childhood centres as they help ensure the childcare provider you choose has values that align with those of your family.

The philosophy of Bright Babes Early Learning Centre is:

Bright Babes Early Learning Centre believes that creating a warm, welcoming and loving environment that is clutter-free and safe, supports children to thrive and grow into confident and competent learners. We understand that children are natural learners and when provided unique experiences by unique teachers they will flourish.

We believe partnerships are important and encouraged through interactions each day at our centre. While building positive relationships with children, parents/whānau, extended family and teachers we develop trust and respect. We feel that when children are given respect and the opportunity to develop they will become competent, inquisitive, active explorers capable of leading their own learning journeys, as well as inspiring others.

We acknowledge Te Tiriti O Waitangi as the founding document of Aotearoa New Zealand, and are committed to embracing our bi-cultural heritage. We value and respect all ethnic groups, their cultural identity, heritage and language of each child and their families/whānau. We are a ‘community of learners.’

We acknowledge each child as an individual supporting their emotional and social needs, empowering them to build on their confidence, self-esteem and sense of belonging through a trusting environment that is designed for their stages of development.

The mission of Bright Babes Early Learning Centre is to support partnerships with families, whānau and the community, ensuring everyone in our community of learner’s well-being and sense of belonging is focused on, and the uniqueness everyone brings will then be valued. Once these foundations are laid learning follows.

Tikanga Maori

Bright Babes accepts and upholds the place of Māori as Tangata Whenua In Aotearoa New Zealand. As we operate in the Tainui area this is the kawa (rules) that we practice in our centre. Māori language is valued and encouraged in karakia (prayer), waiata (song) and kapa haka (action songs) and spoken Māori is interspersed with English during play. Grace before meals is sung in Māori. We follow spiritual rules of tapu (sacred) and noa (everyday ordinary) through the separation of food and body linen. Specific tables are kept for kai (food) only. Tuakana/ Teina (older children supporting younger children) is also encouraged as much as possible. If you would like to know more about this contact the team at Bright Babes.

Your child’s learning at our early childhood centre

The Bright Babes curriculum is based on Te Whāriki – the Early Childhood Curriculum. The team at Bright Babes Early Learning Centre believe that the importance of play as a vehicle for learning is respected and valued. Teachers in our Hamilton nursery and daycare have the same level of certification as those in community kindergartens and are intentional in the way they recognise and respond to opportunities to extend children’s learning. Teaching practice incorporates the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Each child has an online portfolio (Storypark) containing photos of and stories explaining some of their learning from the view of a teacher. The stories show how teachers are extending the learning of children by responding to their interests, strengths and changing needs. In years to come the portfolio will provide you with a precious record of your child’s growth and development as well as being available to extended family through a private login.

The team at Bright Babes Early Learning Centre believe the use of Storypark enables you to have increased involvement in your child’s learning and therefore improves learning outcomes.

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Contact Details

07 849 6780

Monday to Friday
7:30am - 5:30pm

1 Cullimore Street
Pukete, Hamilton

"Respectful and Collaborative relationships exist among children, parents and staff. Parents appreciate that teachers provide their children with a learning environment that is safe, enjoyable, friendly and inclusive."

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