Our Nursery comprises of two rooms, the Pukeko room for babies aged three months to approximately one year and the Tuatara room for older infants aged up to two years. We have a strong focus on RIE/Pikler practice and your child will have a primary care giver who is responsible for their well-being throughout the day. Our curriculum is based on the Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whāriki and we also implement the Virtues Project and use Baby Sign in our programme. In both rooms we stress the importance of natural movement in all aspects of your child’s day. This means that we will not put your child into a position that he or she can not get into by independent means (such as being sat or propped). A feature of our room is our older infants have the independence and choice to move freely between outdoor and indoor play.
All meals and snacks are provided including freshly prepared mashed vegetables if your baby is just starting out on solids. You will need to provide nappies for your child as well as prepared bottles of formula.
When your child is about to turn two, the teachers will begin to settle him/her into the toddler room. The toddler room caters for children from two to three years. We have a staff/child ratio of one to six, and a roll of twenty five children.
Our toddler room is a busy, active place full of two year olds! They engage in a variety of activities during the day which allows them to enjoy free flow to both inside and out. Here they will find a range of activities involving creative play, music and movement, arts and crafts, playdough, messy play (gloop) mat times and small group activities.
A nutritional menu is provided – morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack. During this stage many of the two year olds are toilet training so our Toddler room is especially geared towards this aspect of their development.
When your child is nearly three, very confident in using the toilet independently and ready socially then we will start transitioning into the Preschool room.
The preschool caters for children from three to five years. We have a child/staff ration of one teacher to eight children and the maximum roll in our preschool is fifty children.
The preschool children have a diverse programme which incorporates child initiated play, adult guided times such as mat times and music and movement, outdoor play, science, maths, literacy and computer times.
The teachers plan a range of kindergarten learning experiences which are generated from the interests of the children. After morning mat time and morning tea the children have a period of 'investigation time' which is an opportunity for children to work on particular interests and projects (they work with small groups of children and their teachers for this time).
Our preschoolers enjoy a more structured programme with higher expectations placed upon them. Just for the morning period the three year olds and the four year olds spend their time in separate rooms (generally from around 9.00 am until lunchtime). This affords the younger children an opportunity to settle into preschool with children of their own age and ability and it gives the older preschoolers an opportunity to enjoy some concentrated learning opportunities with their peers. In the afternoon, after rest time, the two age groups spend time together.
Emergent literacy and numeracy are an integral part of the preschool programme. The children have a sign in area and they are encouraged to find their name and begin to practice writing.
We run weekly Playball sessions for our preschoolers to improve movement and coordination, and we also have language classes where we teach Te Reo as well as the other languages our multicultural staff can speak.