Connecting children to our Community through Nature

Encouraging children to care for the world around us


Where Nature meets Nurture

Developing long lasting relationships with the wider world

Apples Education

Apples Education has two different centres throughout Auckland as well as homebased childcare available.

At Apples Education we encourage the children to care for and develop a sense of love for nature and the world around us. We prefer the use of natural play materials and recycling to help promote a sustainable society. Children start learning from birth; they learn the about sharing and turn taking, about the importance of communication and listening to others, all while gaining independence and caring for those around them. These are all skills and abilities that are important for later on in life. We don’t just support children to learn in the here and now, but also to gain skills and knowledge that will help them for the rest of their lives.

We believe that children should be encouraged to learn and grow in a safe, caring and stimulating environment that recognises and appreciates each child’s individuality. We understand that having respectful, responsive relationship with our children and their families is a key to a successful learning foundation for all children. We value the input and connection that the staff form with the family and whānau. It is through this connection that children are supported to experience deeper, more meaningful and ongoing learning.

A sense of wonder is an important motivator for life-long learning (Wilson 1997). This is another important aspect within our philosophy of Apples Education.

Apples at Home

Home-based Childcare

Children are nurtured and loved in a small group home setting.  They are encouraged to learn and grow in a safe, caring and stimulating environment.

Our capable, experienced educators are supported by qualified visiting teachers.

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 for all three and four years olds to attend early childhood education, for up to six hours a day and up to 20 hours a week.


Apples Philosophy


We value the time whānau spend with their tamariki in our centres and with our homebased educators. We believe that vital learning takes place at home. Tamariki are a taonga (treasure) and the parents are entrusting their most prized taonga in to our care …

“Where Families come First”


We believe that for the tamariki to feel they belong in the community, they need to develop a connection to it. This connection will help them later in life to care and nurture the environment we live in …

“Connecting our Children to the Community through Nature – encouraging children to care for the world around us.”


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 ….

“Where Nature meets Nurture – developing long lasting relationships with the wider world.”

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


We feel so fortunate to have our amazing Educator at “Apples at home Childcare”. I know our little man is happy during the day exploring and discovering new things through play, making new friendships and most importantly having a wonderful bond to his Educator.

Matt & Elina Cameron