Gems Educational Childcare centres are independent, and locally owned and operated. Gems are currently based in the Queenstown Lakes District.

Hours of operation

Our hours of operation are 8am - 5:30pm Monday to Friday. We close for two weeks over the Christmas period. This is our only shut down period for the year, aside from 1-2 teacher only days per year.


We have a loosely structured play based curriculum. Our days generally look something like this.

The Hive Daily Programme

8 - 9.30am Children arrive, meet and greet parents and settle children.
9.30am Planned activities set up inside and outside for the children based on current planning or interests.
9.30am – 10.30am Rolling morning tea.
10.30am Care moments (bed, change etc).
11.20am Rolling mat times for age groups.
12noon Sleep time begins once children have finished their lunch, or as needed. Nappies /toileters checked, or as needed throughout afternoon
12.30pm A range of activities set up inside and outside for children.
2 – 3pm Rolling afternoon tea.
2.40pm Afternoon hui time.
4.30pm Late snack for children staying later.

Note:  For The Nest, meal times are very similar - just slightly more fluid to accommodate varying sleep and routines of the younger children.


We provide all the healthy, nourishing food your child needs every day (other than infant formula etc). This includes morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack for those who have a longer day. Click here for a sample menu. Lunch will consist of a wholesome cooked meal. Our kitchen is supplemented by our kitchen garden that the children help tend – fresh from the earth, what could be more natural?

For more information on Gems kitchen - click here.


Fee schedules are available from our administration desk. Fees are reviewed annually.

Open Door Policy

We have an open door policy for family and whanau, call in to spend time with your child. We find that this is great for visiting family members from overseas.

Education Review Office

Please click here for our most recent Education Review Office Report. We expect another review during the course of 2016.