Ōtātara Children’s Centre

EIT Hawke's Bay's on-campus childcare centre


Enquire about a place today – demand for places at the centre is high.


The Centre is open:

Monday to Friday
7.45am – 5.15pm

Each year we are closed for four weeks over the Christmas/New Year period, on all statutory holidays and for two teacher only days.  You will not be charged when the centre is closed.

Contact Us

Ōtātara Children’s Centre
EIT Hawke’s Bay
501 Gloucester Street
Phone 06 974 8908
Email otatara@eit.ac.nz

20 Free hours

We offer 20 hours ECE to all 3 and 4 year olds as per Ministry guidelines.  There are no additional charges during the 20 hours at Ōtātara.

WINZ Subsidies

We can advise you of your eligibility for a WINZ subsidy to help to pay your fees.

About Us

Ōtātara Children’s Centre aims to work in partnership with whānau and community to provide outstanding education and care to the children of Hawke’s Bay community, students and staff of EIT.

90% qualified teachers
0-2 Years Teacher/child ratio 1:3
2-5 Years Teacher/child ratio 1:7

At Ōtātara we aim to provide a service where children and families feel welcome and respected.

Each child is assigned a key teacher who takes overall responsibility for the well-being, learning and development of the child and who is the main point of contact for the family.

We provide a calm, natural and nurturing environment with plenty of opportunities for learning and development according to each child’s individual interests and needs.

Care moments are perceived as vital learning opportunities.  These times are unhurried, nurturing and responsive to each child’s emotional and developmental needs.

We perceive children as active and creative learners, thinkers and investigators.  We aim to help them develop a passion for exploration and learning along with the skills needed for enquiry and research.