Welcome to our Centre

Small Poppies Early Childhood Education provides a fun and nurturing environment, where your child receives love, as well as personalised learning and development. We are open 7.30am-5.00pm, Monday – Friday, with spacious indoor and outdoor play areas. Located in beautiful, coastal Ruakaka, Small Poppies offers a ‘home away from home’ environment and excellent care & education for local families in the community.

Our centre caters for children aged 0-5yrs and holds a license for a maximum of 58 children.

Your child will love our separate Nursery and Preschool centres, all well laid out for fun and learning at every age and stage, including a family play area, an art area, as well as quiet space for reading and reflection.  There’s also plenty of natural resources with space to explore.

At Small Poppies, our experienced teachers are warm, welcoming and fun. They guide our tamariki to engage in challenging experiences and treat all children with respect, providing equal opportunities to ensure your child gets the best start in life.

We are fortunate to have our very own centre cook 5 days a week who prepares nutritious & delicious meals for all of our enrolled children within the centre; morning-tea, lunch, afternoon tea and late snack.

Parents love the rich sense of community that we instil within the centre, and our curriculum at Small Poppies reflects our philosophy for strong relationships. We values input from parents, teachers, whānau, children and our wonderful community.

"Our kids really love going to Small Poppies. We love discovering things they have learnt which could only have come from Small Poppies. We feel extremely welcome."

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"The teachers are all so friendly and amazing with the kids. The whole environment is family friendly and the kids absolutely love it."

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"The hours are great for working families and when circumstances have changed from time to time over the 2 and a bit years my son has been going there they have been very supportive. I’ve always been impressed with how much the teachers care, especially in the nursery room, as it is a really difficult decision to have to leave your child under 1 and go back to work. I’ve been very happy with the whole team."

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We understand that your child’s education & care is a priority and that choosing the right centre can be a big decision. We would be delighted to share in your child’s learning journey. Feel welcome to contact us in whichever way is most convenient for you, or visit our centre and meet our Teaching Team!