Centre Manager: Erin Daines
At Dot Kids, we strive to provide a stimulating physical environment enabling children to be engaged, active, and confident learners. Children move freely between the range of learning areas.
Our purposeful art area enhances children’s skills and facilitates good conversations. As well as their amazing artwork, portfolios describe children’s participation in many activities and these are freely accessed and enjoyed by the children.
Our teachers informally integrate early mathematics and literacy learning into the curriculum and skillfully use resources such as books to extend language. We also have a strong commitment to iwi consultation to facilitate positive learning experiences for Māori children and implement an authentic bicultural programme.
Families are always welcome to visit, talk with staff, ask questions, offer information about their child and participate in assessing and planning for learning. Transition into and within the centre is responsive to individual needs. Regular newsletters, informal conversations and centre events are valuable opportunities for parents to meaningfully contribute and actively participate in their child’s learning.
The centre has well-developed processes to support parents and their children as they prepare for school. Teachers have a good relationship with staff at the local primary school and carefully manage each child’s transition.