Our Environments​

From the coastal sands of Pāpāmoa to the lush greenery of Westgate, each New Shoots centre is a sanctuary, purpose-built to reflect its unique community and environment. 



Beauty & balance

Well-ordered, beautiful environments stir children’s interest, curiosity, imagination, and wonder, enriching their development. We create early childhood environments that are inspired by nature, richly resourced, and stunningly spacious so tamariki can thrive, naturally. 

Crafted with tamariki in mind

Designed and built alongside architects, spatial designers, engineers, landscape architects and early childhood professionals, each New Shoots centre is one of a kind. By conserving and maintaining our environments, inside and out, our kaiako and tamariki feel a deep sense of belonging as they explore and enjoy every day.

Created for children and families​​

Purpose-built and designed in collaboration with an architect, spatial designers, engineers, landscape architects and early childhood professionals, every New Shoots child care centre is unique.

“Our goal is to create an environment that feels right for kaiako, tamariki, whānau, and the community. We draw inspiration from the natural world to create a peaceful and energising ‘home away from home’ to facilitate a thriving childhood.” Michelle Pratt

Award winning design

Our centres are created for functionality and aesthetics, with colour, form, and shape considered in every artwork, decor choice, and material selection. Our environments are also enriched by the diverse culture, heritage, language, and identities of our whānau and communities. 

Outstanding outdoor areas

Our commitment to biophilic design principles supports our belief that nature-inspired environments will profoundly benefit children’s lives. Airy, spacious, open-ended interiors flow seamlessly into large, lush outdoor areas with nature-inspired play spaces. 

Passive building design

Our centres are oriented to receive natural daylight, reducing the need for artificial lighting. Each space uses passive ventilation methods to limit cross infection and reduce harmful CO2 build-ups in the environment. 

Responsible materials

We carefully curate every aspect of our fit-out. All building materials, interiors, and furniture are selected with an understanding of the impact they have on a child’s health and wellbeing (and the planet), including the lowest VOC (solvent) levels possible. 

Group sizes

Our rooms designed with care for infants, toddlers and preschoolers give each child freedom to learn and play, plus regular opportunities for interaction between age groups.  Enquire at centre level for further information.

Infant Rooms

We have an average teacher to child ratio of 1:4 and a maximum group size of 12 – 16 children.

Toddler Rooms

We have an average teacher to child ratio of 1:6 and a maximum group size of 15 – 25 children.     

Preschool Rooms

We have an average teacher to child ratio of 1:8 and a maximum group size of 20 – 28 children.

Community is important

From the coastal sands and grasses of Papamoa to the lush greenery of Westgate, each individual centre is purpose-built to reflect its unique community and environment.

Thinking of enrolling?​

Contact the centre of your choice – email or give us a call. We can answer any questions you have, let you know availability for your child’s age group, and send you an enrolment form.

The best way to find out if we’re the right centre for you is by seeing it for yourself. Please come in for a visit, we’d love to meet you. If you want to read more about New Shoots, please download our parent handbook.

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Enrolment Conditions

New Shoots operates as a full day service and do not offer short days or sessions;
Our fees include high quality teacher ratios above Ministry of Education Standards;
Minimum enrolment is two days per week; A $50 enrolment fee will be due upon enrolment to confirm your place;
Two weeks notice is required when terminating enrolment; 10% discount is applicable to your eldest child’s fees if you have two or more children attending New Shoots full time;
Nappies and food are provided; and Formula is not provided – this must be brought in from home if required. 

To be read in conjunction with the Fee Policy.
Fees effective from 1st April 2022.