Welcome to our Multi-Award Winning Childcare Centre

"Te hiki ngākau, me te whakapiki mātauranga mo ngā tāngata katoa o Aotearoa.
Lift aspiration, raise educational achievement for every New Zealander."


Kia Ora, Hello, Aloha, Assalamu alaikum, Ayubowan, Bonjour, Bula, Gidday, God dag, Fakaalofa atu, Hallo, Hallo allemaal, Helô, Hola, Kamusta, Kia orana, Ko na Mauri, Konnichi wa, Mabuhay, Mālō e lelei, Malo Ni, Namaste, Nǐ Hǎo, Sat Sri Akal, Sawasdee, Sidaytahay, Talofa, Talohani and a warm welcome to Fern Garden Preschool & Childcare Centre, in the heart of Otumoetai and nearby suburbs: Brookfield, Cherrywood, Judea, Matua, and Bellevue.


Fern Garden is a privately owned and operated family based child care centre in Tauranga, owned by husband and wife team, Dr Darius and Nikeeta Singh. Nikeeta is a fully registered teacher with over 13 years' experience in ECE teaching (especially transition to school program), experience as a Head Teacher, Centre Manager as well as in Centre Governance, and who is also a mother of three young children!

Her management, leadership and teaching teams are a strong unit, friendly, professional, qualified and experienced, whose overall team philosophy reveals a genuine dedication and passion about discovering, nurturing and growing children's learning potential.

“…we firmly believe in deeply rooted family values in a natural and warm environment to deliver the highest quality early childcare and education, and it is our privilege to offer this unique gem that we have found in Fern Garden to our own children and families in our local community…”



To see why Fern Garden has reached record enrolments (over the centre's 7 year history), and why we are WINNERS of the 2013 NZ Early Childhood Council / Telecom NZ Innovation Award, and to see why so many parents have fallen in love with our friendly & fun atmosphere, inspirational & natural environment, come and visit us ANYTIME to see our UNIQUE and AWARD WINNING FEATURES:


  • Fern Garden and our sister centres in the Chrysalis Group are the only centres in NZ to have made FINALIST in the following 3 categories in the 2015 Westpac Business Awards (and to have WON the Best Emerging category!):



  • Fern Garden and its sister centres in the Chrysalis Group are the only centres in NZ to have made FINALIST for "EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION" in the 2014 Westpac Business Awards.


  • Recipient of the prestigious NZ Heart Foundation "Healthy Heart Award" which is awarded to ECE centres who meet stringent criteria in nutritious meals, physical programmes and general well-being philosophies at the centre.


  • Winners of the inaugural "2013 NZ Early Childhood Council / Telecom NZ Innovation Award" for our patented online invention "Learning Roots and Shoots".


Extracts from our 2015 report:


  • "Key underlying themes of ‘imagination, inspiration, innovation, partnership and sustainability’ are also evident in the service’s comprehensive philosophy statement."
  • "The centre consistently operates at higher qualification levels for staff than the minimum as set by the Ministry of Education (MoE)."
  • "The service is committed to maintaining teacher-child ratios that also exceed minimal MoE requirements."
  • "The service has been the recipient of a national award for the development of an on-line initiative that enables parents to share information about their child’s learning outcomes and progress using innovative technology."
  • "The centre employs a full-time cook who prepares wholesome meals and snacks for the children."
  • "Centre leaders and teachers articulate a clear and well-defined philosophy based on continual improvement to the service for children and families. Together they have successfully raised the profile of the centre in the local community and established a stable team of dedicated teachers."
  • "Low staff turnover has enabled children to develop long-term relationships with teachers and increase their sense of belonging to the centre."
  • "Respectful, responsive relationships and interactions among teachers and children provide a sound foundation for teachers to extend children’s exploration and learning."
  • "Through programme planning processes teachers are able to provide a range of relevant activities that provide children with considerable choice about their level of involvement."
  • "A wide range of equipment, resources and play spaces is well-organised to support children’s learning and development across all learning areas."
  • "A strength of the daily programme is the way children’s artistic creativity is fostered through the inclusion of a range of medium, equipment and focused teaching."
  • "The outdoor environment provides opportunities for active play and exploration."
  • "Innovative assessment practices, including the use of a centre developed online assessment tool, enable the progress of each child’s learning to be closely tracked over time."
  • "There are many useful opportunities for children to explore their ideas about early literacy and mathematical concepts, which are integrated into the learning programme throughout the day. "
  • "A programme for older children provides four year olds with additional exposure to literacy and mathematical learning in the context of their play and ideas."


Friendly, open, experienced, qualified, YOUR SUPPORTING TEAM for your child's first learning journeys.


All meals provided (morning tea, cooked lunch, afternoon tea, late snack). Meals are nutritious and very popular with our children. We have even published our very own 40 page cook book (click here to see our 4 week rotating Menu plan and cookbook).


Higher than MOE requirements and among the best in NZ to ensure proper attention, learning observations, and safety (1:8 for over 2's, 2:5 for under 2's).


Innovative, inspiring, welcoming, natural and homely.


MUST SEE features like our magical forest fenceline, backyard woods, beach themed sandpit, our imagination room, our award winning and EXCLUSIVE Learning Roots and Learning Shoots online portfolio system and much more…..


  • We run a special transition to school programme for our 4 year olds to give them the best head start into their journey through school.
  • We also have excellent links with all primary schools in the neighbourhood (Bellevue Primary School, Brookfield Primary School, Matua Primary School, Otumoetai Primary School, & Pillans Point Primary School).


  • 2014: FINALIST for "Excellence in Innovation" in the Westpac Business Awards
  • 2014: Fern Garden opened another sister centre when we won a nation-wide tender to provide EXCLUSIVE childcare services to families in a multi-national firm headquartered in Auckland CBD. A reassuring testament to our proven highest quality and standards that we hold in Tauranga at Fern Garden.
  • 2013, 2014: Record enrolments reached in the centre's 7 year history!!!
  • 2013 Award winning group: Fern Garden's sister centre has won the "NZ Commercial Building Award" for innovative designs and high levels of sustainability in our learning environments.
  • 2013 Award winning centre: Fern Garden won the "Early Childhood Council / Telecom NZ Innovation Award" for our own invented & patented online learning system.



  • Active member of the NZ Early Childhood Council.
  • Strong supporter of our local community.


Affordable and competitive fees. Support available with 20 ECE hours subsidy for over 3 year olds as well as WINZ approved (all ages).


We are licensed to open on Saturdays 9am-1pm for casual bookings to enable parents to complete personal and weekend errands with the knowledge that their child is safe and having fun with their friends and teachers at Fern Garden. (Availability is dependent on minimum bookings).