Established in 1987 (as Melody Childcare Centre), we are a not-for-profit community-based childcare centre located in the luscious grounds of the Ruakura Research Centre. Wondernauts is a charitable trust governed by a Board of Trustees made up of interested parents and local community members.
Our large purpose built centre boasts three individual rooms with expansive adjoining outdoor environments. We pride ourself on the quality of our resources and world-class facilities. Our latest addition to our already awesome facilities is a purpose-built bike track and set of quality bikes, which provides a great physical challenge for our children.
We have qualified and experienced staff, sensitive to the needs of the children, who offer an atmosphere that invites a child’s interest, stimulates creativity and satisfies their innate need to explore and discover the world around them. We have developed unique education programmes children have the option to participate in. Check them out here.
We operate an all-weather curriculum and we believe strongly in getting out and about no matter what the weather. We provide high-quality wet weather gear to enable children to be outside in nature every day. Research outlines the importance of education outside the classroom on children’s development, both physically, mentally and spiritually.
We strongly believe in encouraging risk-taking with children. Taking risks is a vital part of a child’s success for learning and development. For us, this means supporting children to take challenges which help increase their confidence and sense of capability through opportunities with potential risk. By involving children in the process of risk assessment within these opportunities we support them to make their own judgments on safety through thinking and reflecting on any potential harm from their play.
We strive to meet the needs of the child, the parents, and the wider whānau by providing high-quality childcare enabling parents to feel secure in the knowledge that their child is well cared for, confident and happy.