A natural place for kids to shine – this is at the heart of everything we do at Gems. You’ll see it as soon as you walk through the door. Nothing bright or garish.  No ‘plastic fantastic’. No lurid colours.  Only natural materials, soft shades, well maintained, cared for furniture that feels, well… just like home. 

To flourish, children need to feel safe and secure. As well as the relationship with their primary caregiver, the environment is critical for them. A child thrives at home, so we’ve made Gems a natural extension of home for them. This is central to our underlying philosophy.

The warm reception, the easy approach to settling the children down, it’s relaxing for all involved - which makes you, the parent, feel so much better too. If you’re relaxed, your child is relaxed. Parents often comment that at Gems they feel like they are dropping their child off to an aunt or neighbour’s house. That tells us we’re doing our job right! 

We extend the natural approach to our learning resources as well. Our resources include the use of shells and cones; natural wooden blocks and rocks for building; real pots and pans in the sand pit, by way of example.   

Our outdoor area feels more like home too. We go beyond Ministry of Environment minimum standards, providing a kitchen garden, fruit trees and plenty of natural outdoor space for play and discovery. Our four year olds also get to enjoy the adventure and challenges of farm school.  And all the older children can experience excursions in our local environment and enjoy the seasonal aspects to our learning programme.

 Natural environment, natural learning, natural fun.  This is Gems. This is where your child will shine.


gems lake hayes estate gallery - click for more photos

gems lake hayes estate gallery - click for more photos

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Gems Shotover country gallery - click for more photos