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.

“Loving the centre and how my children are growing and doing so well. Thanks again for all you do”

Parent Survey 2019

“I applaud the teachers in Small Poppies, my son in growing in to a confident going person not afraid to try things. His learning amazes me every day. That is all I ask for”

Parent Survey 2019

"I have two children at Small Poppies and we love it, both have been going since they were 3 months old. The teachers are lovely, the play area is kept tidy, the kids learn to sit nicely together and eat meals."

Jessica Richards

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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!