Grow, Play, Learn with Elm Tree Early Learning Centre

Early Learning Centre

A Modern Twist on Mission St

A Modern Twist on Mission St

Elm Tree Early Learning Centre is a purpose-built daycare centre catering for mixed age children from age three months to five years. The multi-faceted project, estimated to be worth in excess of $3 million, is scheduled to open in October this year, bringing 14 new jobs to the region. Neighbours on iconic Mission St with The Elms, the historical significance of the site and its surrounds has been respected at every stage of the build.


 “As the Bay’s newest education provider we are committed to providing stimulating learning experiences while teaching our children the importance of caring for their environment,” commented Rebekah Sharp, Centre Director. “We will use solar power for heat & light, recycle all packaging & paper plus compost food scraps for the vege garden”.


The Elms Foundation manager Andrew Gregg welcomes the centre opening across the street and can see value in an ongoing collaboration, hoping to welcome children to The Elms on a regular basis.


“We want to cement a relationship with these children at a young age so they grow up with fond memories of visiting and enjoying this nationally significant place in New Zealand,” says Andrew. “We look forward to the day they bring their own kids back here too.”


The brand new facility was designed by Petra Tearle with Spruce Up, a Te Puke based landscaping firm, tasked with creating the gardens and out-door play areas.


As a welcome gift, all new enrolments this month receive the gift of a native tree to plant either in the centre’s garden or somewhere throughout the Bay of Plenty. Find out more at

Posted: Wed 25 May 2016