Ko te tupuranga mai o te ako

Where learning sprouts

Haere mai - Welcome to Hannah's House!

We're a boutique Early Childhood Education Centre for Tamariki from 0-5 nestled in the heart of Red Beach on the Hibiscus Coast with a BIG passion for Reggio-based teaching while focusing on caring for our environment. 

NZ owned & operated | Licensed for 34 children with up to 15 under two's.

Reggio Emilia Approach

Discovery & play-based learning. 

Like Te Whāriki, Reggio Emilia's pedagogy is child-centred and focuses on the idea that the child is inherently creative and intelligent, capable of exploring and discovering for themselves, with both the intention and the right to make meaning in many different ways.

Intimate Learning

Your second home and whanau. 

Our centre welcomes pēpi and tamariki from 0-5 years old and has a license for up to 34 children. It is our desire to keep relationships authentic and to create meaningful learning experiences with your child. Our practices reflect and celebrate the cultural heritage of our community.

Sustainable Philosophy

Caring for our Taiao

We're proud to run environmental programmes where children and whānau can explore the importance of sustainable practices. Learning the art of the "3 R's" (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) starts with us and we will encourage your family to come along for this educational journey.


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Meet Our Early Childhood Education Teachers Team

Engaged Creative Nurturers

All of our educators are highly-trained, qualified and experienced in nurturing playful learning environments following Reggio Emilia's philosophy and guidelines. The Ministry of Education frequently reviews our team - here's what they had to say in their last report:

"The centre’s environments support children’s learning effectively. Teachers adapt environments in innovative ways to foster children’s creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
Infants and toddlers have their own indoor and outdoor spaces. Teachers know children well and respond to their cues appropriately. They are responsive and nurturing and their caregiving supports infants’ need for strong and secure attachments.

Teachers skilfully engage children in play that prompts them to collaborate and investigate ideas. 

'They give children the time and space to explore, investigate and engage in learning.' 

Hannah's House teachers frequently interact and facilitate conversations with children. They encourage children to take learning risks and set their own goals while they reinforce care for the environment and sustainable practices."

Childcare Services We Offer


Babies are welcomed from 0 to 2 years old within our cosy, fully-equipped nursery and dedicated under-twos play area where we're ensuring an excellent teacher to child ratio.


Toddlers are encouraged to grow self-confidence at their own pace around the centre where we secure a positive, nurturing learning environment.


Pre-Schoolers can enjoy a stay with us up to 5 years old where dedicated areas like our Discovery Room, have been set up to expand their curiosity, independence and learning opportunities.

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday

7.30-5.30 PM + Short days or Sessions available for under three's
Morning Teas are provided by the Centre. Lunch and Afternoon Teas are provided by the parent(s)/caregiver(s) for their child.

20 hours ECE government subsidy

20 Hours ECE Government Subsidy

Our high-quality education programme is approved for ECE government-funding that covers daycare costs up to 20 hours for 3, 4 and 5-year-old children.

"Government part-funds early childhood services through the Ministry of Education. The funding rates are based upon differences in the structure of various early childhood services. Teacher-led services that offer higher quality through employing more registered educators receive a higher rate of funding." (Education Review Office).

Contact us to discuss more.

daycare fees

Our fees

We offer competitive daycare rates for boutique childcare services and early learning. Some families may be eligible for a childcare subsidy from Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ).

Contact us for more guidance through this process.

daycare waiting list

Waiting list

As a boutique daycare based on a populous peninsula, spots fill up quickly. We encourage whānau who book a tour or come to our opening days to request and return their enrolment forms rapidly.

Your child will immediately enter our waiting list and you will be assured to hear from us as soon as an opening is available.

Discover our Facilities

Setup around your child's learning

Play is a central part of a child's development.

It is their unique way of learning about the world around them and sharing what they already know. We provide indoor & outdoor play, structured and at leisure activities all based on the children’s interests.

We have a separate room for our Pre-Schoolers (4-5 years old) called The Discovery Room to foster their exploration skills and research their learning topic with their friends and a trained member of our team. 

While our older children are working in the Discovery Room our younger children are also guided in more age-appropriate activities activities such as constructing a mud kitchen, building a sandcastle, water play, gardening, rock or tree climbing or collecting fresh eggs from our chicken coop - you name it! 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you provide meals?

We offer Morning tea however, parents/caregivers are responsible for catering lunch boxes and Afternoon tea.

Is Reggio Emilia approach the same as Montessori?

Not quite although we may notice some crossovers. The Reggio philosophy focuses on the act of wondering with children about what they experience, think and feel and on encouraging children to make sense of their world.

Children are empowered when they are able to make their own choices and are more likely to develop a sense of themselves as capable confident learners. Inquiry is therefore adaptable and responsive to children's motivations, interests and contexts, and what is meaningful for children in their own lives.

While the Montessori Method also encourages the child to create their own education, it uses very specific materials designed by Maria Montessori herself and focuses more on individual learning experiences versus group learning. Also, Maria Montessori did not develop an art curriculum although it is likely you will see one in most Montessori schools.

Art on the contrary through the Reggio-approach is used as a vector for learning many different subjects. It won't be uncommon for your child to come back home with stunning pieces of art that will convey powerful learning outcomes.

Are nappies or formula provided by the centre?

No, we do not provide nappies or formula although our centre does provide biodegradable wipes and freshwater as well as a reapplication of sunscreen during the child's stay. We encourage parents to apply the first layer of sunscreen prior to drop-off.

What is the transition/settling in process?

We will discuss with you what the best plan is for your child in regards to settling him/her into our environment.

While every child is different, we may recommend three to four pre-visits to best support your child in this transition as much as yourself. 

Are you open all year round?

We are open year-round except for statutory bank holidays and for a 3 to 4-week break that we usually take around the Christmas and New Year's holidays. 

We also offer families/caregivers up to a week free of charge for holidays booked at least two weeks in advance.

What is the adult-to-child ratio?

In early childhood education, a ratio is used to mean the number of children there are to each adult educator.

At Hannah's, we strive to offer a low teacher ratio. Our ratio for the under two's area is 1:5 (1 teacher for every 5 children). Our ratio for the over two's areas is 1:10. 

How do I apply for ECE funding?

The process is quite seamless for the parents.

If your child is 3 years old or over, you can benefit from the government subsidy of 20 hours paid early learning education. 

We will take care of the forms to fill out and send to you for signature. You may contact us for further information on the process. 

Embracing our Cultural Heritage

Te reo me ngā tikanga Māori

Te reo me ngā tikanga Māori is Māori language and culture.

At Hannah's House we do our best to recognise the place of Māori as tangata whenua, and observe the principles of partnership in the Treaty of Waitangi. We integrate Māori language as often as possible, discover songs, arts and embrace Māori philosophy in many of our values or learning activities.


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