Connecting children to our Community through Nature

Encouraging children to care for the world around us
Apples at Home                                         Onehunga                                         Stanmore Bay
0800 apples                                              (09) 634 8000                                      (09) 424 6003


Find a Learning Centre Near You

Where Nature meets Nurture

Developing long lasting relationships with the wider world




Find a Learning Centre Near You

Stanmore Bay

3 Poplar Rd, Stanmore Bay, Whangaparaoa 0932
(09) 424 6003


Maire Rd, Orewa


20 – 22 Cameron Street, Onehunga
(09) 634 8000

Apples at Home

Home-based Childcare

Our Educators are handpicked, thoroughly security screened, and supported by Coordinators who are fully qualified and registered Early Childhood Teachers.

We believe finding and choosing the best childcare setting for your children, that will meet all their and your family’s needs is very important and just love having the privilege of being apart of a child’s day.

Natural Environments for Children

Offering children creative natural pathways and spaces that are inviting to explore the natural world around them.


20 Hours ECE Subsidy Available

This is a subsidy from the government which helps families more financially to get their children attending early childhood education.


Apples Philosophy


We value the time whānau spend with their tamariki in our centre. We believe that vital learning takes places at home. Tamariki are a taonga (treasure) and the parents are entrusting their most prized taonga in to our care. We have an open door policy and whānau are welcome to pop in for a visit at any time. Our staff are always available to talk to and parents receive ongoing emails updates about their childs learning and they are also invited to join our closed Facebook groups. This allows them the chance to see more of the day to day moments.


We feel that for the tamariki to feel they belong in the community, they need to develop a connection to it. This can be done in many different ways. For those in centres, we like to get out in to the community through regular walks and trips to nearby parks and fields. Within the Homebased setting, the children are often experience getting out in to the community. We also participate in community events like santa parades and fundraiser walks.

It is through these events that we believe our tamariki will develop a connection to the world around us. It is this connection that will help them to care for the world we live in.


We keep tamariki grounded with the Papatūānuku by using the environment as a third teacher. As we venture out into the community, the tamariki are seeing more of the natural world around us and are able to learn of the many aspects that mother nature provides us. We also provide the tamariki the opportunity, in centre, to grow and care for various gardens we have and use nature as a play resource.
One of the hardest things I have found as a mother was making the decision to return to work full time. Apples Childcare eased my fears and over the years been a massive support to my family. I have no hesitation in referring any other families to Apples Childcare, it is definitely a decision that we have not regretted.

Annalese & Kane Bromley

My daughter Harlow has attended Apples Childcare since February 2013 at age 18 months. When she first arrived at Apples, she was welcomed and made to feel at home by a very warm and well-trained staff. In no time at all she became comfortable with being at Apples and being one of the “family” that is Apples.

Brandi Crossan