Our Team

Our kaiako (teachers) are wonderful and amazing people, who have been selected based on their experience within Early Childhood, their professional knowledge of teaching and nurturing young children and their philosophy of education and knowledge of child development. We value professional development, and encourage our team to participate in a variety of courses, in order to grow and keep up to date with new developments in the educational field.

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Curriculum

We are committed to follow the aspirations of the New Zealand National ECE Curiculum, Te Whāriki, “For children to grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society”.
Te Whāriki envisages kaiako (teachers) in early learning settings working in partnership with parents, whānau and community to realise this vision. The expectation is that, in their early years, children will experience a curriculum that empowers them as lifelong learners.
Te Whāriki supports this work by providing a framework of principles and strands.
The principles are the foundations of curriculum decision making and a guide for every aspect of pedagogy and practice.
The strands are 5 areas of learning and development, where the focus is on supporting children to develop the capabilities they need as confident and competent learners.
Each setting takes these principles and strands and, in partnership with parents and whānau, uses them to ‘weave’ a curriculum whāriki that is specifically designed for their children.

Our Rooms

The Pounamu Room

The Pounamu Room

The Pounamu Room, for children aged 0-1 years, provides a warm, welcoming and friendly home like environment to grow and develop. We plan our environment and programme according to each child’s individual needs and abilities.

The Kea Room

The Kea Room

The Kea Room philosophy is based on nurturing and respecting each child’s individual needs and abilities. The Kea Room provides a wide range of activities to encourage exploration, self help skills and supports emerging communication.

The Kowhai Room

The Kowhai Room

The Kowhai Room caters for children aged around 20 months – 3 ½ years of age.
The focus in the Kowhai Room is to extend on children’s understanding of their bodies and to encourage “self-help” skills and independence.

The Patiki Room

The Patiki Room’s home like environment and Montessori philosophy provides each child with the opportunity to learn at their own pace, while being supported and extended. Partnership with whanau is an integral part of programme planning and communication is open and caring.

The Pohutukawa Room

The Pohutukawa Room’s classroom philosophy is that children learn through play, both real life and imagination based. Each child is offered a wide range of learning opportunities to stimulate and extend their learning, while recognising their own strengths and interests.

The Tui Room

The Tui Room philosophy is Montessori based with a focus on freedom of choice and fostering a love of learning. Children learn respect for themselves, others and their environment in a classroom that encourages individuality and positive communication.

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Sustainability

We introduce sustainable habits and practices to our children by encouraging them to reduce, reuse and recycle.  We also keep worm farms and grow our own veges in our very own Centre garden.

Using Storypark significantly reduces the amount of paper used for forms and newsletters.

We use local suppliers and partners where possible, supporting the sustainability of businesses in our community.

We believe every little bit helps to ensure sustainability for our precious future generations!

Connecting Children with Nature

The natural world is a giant, open-ended learning laboratory. Children are innate scientists and love to experience the sights, scents, sounds, and textures of the outdoors.

Whether it’s growing vegetables, creating a masterpiece with dirt, twigs and sand, watch worms wriggle through the soil, gazing at clouds, jumping in puddles, listening to birds sing, smelling fresh-cut grass and collecting seeds – any outdoor learning experience is always a positive one!

We are proud to offer all of the above opportunities through our very own natural outdoor environment right here at our Centre – some KEY benefits to spending time outside include: Increasing involvement in physical activity, enhancing cognitive abilities, creativity and imaginative play.  It also supports problem solving, improves self confidence, promotes advanced motor development including fitness, co-ordination and agility.

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Contact us, book a tour or join our waiting list,
we’d love to hear from you!

We understand that your child’s education & care is a priority and that choosing the right centre can be a big decision. We would be delighted to share in your child’s learning journey. Feel welcome to contact us in whichever way is most convenient for you, or visit our centre and meet our Teaching Team!