We are a NZ owned and local operated childcare centre offering excellent education and care for children from 3 months to school age. Our centre is a purpose built, modern building situated in the popular suburb of Kelvin Grove.
Our teacher to child ratios are higher than those required by the Ministry of Education.
Our teachers are committed to ensuring every child and their family develops and feels a sense of belonging.
The centre is licensed for 40 children, with a separate area for the Under 2’s, which is licensed for a maximum 13 children.
We value and respect all of the diverse influences that families/whánau, staff and our wider community bring to the centre.
Our environment offers beautiful large open spaces with established gardens.
Our programme includes individual and group learning experiences, extending on the children’s current interests. We also offer an extension group for our 4-year-olds, to help them get ready for school.
Our centre is very well resourced, providing safe and fun equipment designed to encourage creativity and learning through exploration.
Regular excursions are offered which gets our children out and about in the community.
We hold weekly dance sessions in our centre with Dean McKerras from Dean McKerras School of Dance, encouraging a ‘love of dance through positive experience’.
Animal care and community sustainability are reflected in our daily practices. Centre pets provide an opportunity for children to demonstrate respect, care and nurturing.
We offer flexible hours with free sessions for 3-5 year olds.
Our Under 2’s environment is licensed for up to 13 babies and toddlers. With small numbers and high teacher/child ratios, we are able to provide a warm, positive and nurturing environment, with time to take in and capture those special moments.
Our large outdoor area offers experiences within the natural environment and provides the children with a wide open space to explore in their own time. Our teachers plan the programme from the children’s interest and we foster and extend home learning opportunities through these shared experiences. Play is valued and seen as an important opportunity for learning.
Children’s learning experiences are recorded in their own Portfolio, as well as on Storypark, accompanied with photos and creative examples of their work. Teachers are guided by children’s rhythms, meeting each child’s needs through calm, gentle and respectful routines with the child’s well-being always at the heart.
Te ao Maori values and concepts such as the mana and wairua of each child are held in high regard, with teachers developing the children’s sense of self and emotional well-being throughout the programme.
Our Over 2’s outdoor environment is large and open, including a cycle track, whare, sandpit, vegetable garden, fruit trees and a worm farm, all designed to be explored with the focus of interacting with the natural environment.
Our teachers have a strong focus on children developing lifelong learning skills through interactions with the environment, each other and the wider world. Children are encouraged to develop self-help skills, confidence and self esteem through everyday activities and interactions. Teachers support children to follow and extend on their interests.
Our indoor environment provides opportunities for children to develop creatively through exploring areas of art, construction, music and movement. As well as the structure provided in the programme, children also have opportunities for free play. Literacy and numeracy is threaded throughout the programme and is promoted by teachers and embraced when children show an interest in these areas. We have a strong focus on relationships and social competence.
Te ao Maori is incorporated into our daily routines, through the inclusion of Maori concepts, knowledge, customs and beliefs. The children’s learning journey is recorded in their own personal Portfolio book, as well as on Storypark, including lots of photographs that will last a lifetime.