Arohanui and Harinui Childcare Centres nurture confident, competent children

Set in Kerikeri in the beautiful Bay of Islands, you will find two unique early childhood centres for your child. Arohanui was established in 2001, and Harinui was built four years later. The centres are both under the same family ownership. We believe in providing high quality care and education for children aged from three months to five years, set in a beautiful environment focused on our natural ecosystem. The two purpose built centres, and our wilderness area called Ngaherenui, are set on two acres of land just on the edge of Kerikeri and Waipapa. Children and their whānau are warmly welcomed into our well-resourced childcare centres, with beautifully designed outdoor spaces with an ambience which stands out.

At Arohanui and Harinui Childcare Centres we want to encourage our children to wonder, to ponder, to discover, to get excited, to laugh, to get messy, to be creative, to be active and to share experiences with their friends and teachers.

We want them to reflect on their day and retell stories to parents at home. We want them to see themselves in print, and to look at their portfolio books.  We want them to foster the love of learning, and to revisit their rich experiences again and again so they can become creative thinkers. We want them to be with passionate and committed teachers who get excited about their learning journey. To us, play is a fundamental tool in learning about our world.

Connecting with nature

Arohanui has been awarded a ‘Bronze’ award through the education program Enviroschools (click here to learn more about this program).  Caring for our environment is a core part of our philosophy at Arohanui and Harinui. Once a year Arohanui hosts a camp for our tamariki where families come and stay in tents in our wilderness area, Ngaherenui. This area is a space that allows children to freely explore, discover and be at one with nature. The childcare centres are linked by an enclosure for chickens.  Children can go into these spaces with the teachers to feed and care for the animals and to collect warm eggs from our hens.

Connecting with each other

Over the years our centres have enjoyed a long history with families. We invite our families to many social functions and parents’ evenings help to build a sense of community for our families. It has been our pleasure to have many siblings attend Harinui and then then go onto Arohanui.

Both our centres have high teacher ratios which are well above the government recommended levels. This is our commitment to providing high quality education and care for your child. Arohanui and Harinui both have a long history of positive Education Review Office reports and recognises our centres as ‘excelling’ and ‘sustaining’ in promoting positive learning outcomes for children.

Our kaupapa reminds us to be connected, to love, care for and respect ourselves, each other and our planet.