We provide a nurturing, respectful and trusting primary care environment to enhance emotional wellbeing and develop a sense of belonging for all children.
We work cooperatively with infants at their own pace and encourage free movement whilst listening to the voice of the child to empower children to develop as confident and capable learners.
Primary care allows children and their families to develop meaningful and trusting relationships with their teacher. With responsive, reciprocal relationships with parents we nurture and support their cultural values, beliefs and customs.
The transition process from the Infants to Toddlers is unique; we have a large sliding door between our rooms which is opened early in the mornings so Infants and Toddlers can move freely between the rooms. This enables infants to become familiar with the environment and form trusting relationships with the Toddler teachers.
We see Toddler’s as a fun and age group who are energetic, curious and unique learners who are experiencing a stage of rapid growth and development. This is reflected through our programme, which provides an environment and learning opportunities that are meaningful as well as flexible which allows for children’s spontaneity, enabling us to follow teachable moments.
Primary care is the foundation of our toddler room philosophy with a key teacher role promoting consistency for each child and their family. The key teacher and buddy teacher work in partnership with families to provide an environment that is culturally inclusive and responsive to each child’s needs.
We believe that positive emotional security is fundamental for children to be able to discover, learn and grow.
Catering for children from two years six months of age until they go to school. Children of this age are inquisitive and learning to be independent.
Our preschool supports children to use their inquisition and growing independence to learn and develop at their own pace.
We see our children as capable learners and encourage them to plan for their own learning by following their interests within our room. Each child has a whanau teacher that supports them in settling into our environment. We have a team of four teachers who work together to meet all individual children’s needs.
We offer a core curriculum of art, literacy, sensory, science and construction experiences that are afforded to our children every day. We also have daily mat times where children practice turn taking, participation, and sharing ideas through songs and stories.
“Fun @ Four” provides an additional programme to support four year old children in their transition from Preschool to school. Every day the four year olds play games with science, literacy, numeracy and the arts embedded within them. The Fun @ Four teachers help the children to develop and learn to use dispositions including thinking flexibly, persisting, listening with understanding and, imagining and innovating to ensure the children leave our centre with a kete full of resources to help them on their lifelong learning journey.
Our learning environment is designed for children aged two years six months until they go to school. A lot is happening in a child’s learning and development during these years, we nurture and extend on their natural curiosities about the world around them.
We acknowledge that each child has a different set of skills and experiences to share. During their time in Juniors children are becoming very independent -we foster and encourage independence. For example our children are responsible for serving their own meals, at afternoon tea they practice self-help skills by making their own sandwiches.
Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning, our environment is prepared each morning and afternoon to reflect current interests, then children are free to explore activities. Each activity is carefully thought out and incorporates early numeracy and literacy skills.
Something of great importance is encouraging and ensuring children have a positive attitude towards learning. We encourage determination, perseverance, communication, team work, problem solving, taking responsible risks, having a go, and much more. These skills are essential as children move into new learning settings and will help develop life-long learning in all areas of life.
Juniors join with preschool for Fun @ Four each day.
We plan projects based around a group interest or question. Children are highly motivated to learn when engaged in experiences that are meaningful to them, the best learning occurs when a child has a burning desire within to learn about a certain topic. We use group interests or questions to plan a vast range of activities which link to Te Whāriki, The Early Childhood curriculum document with literacy and numeracy weaved through these projects.
We are committed to creating a learning environment that will ensure children become competent, confident, life-long learners.