Our classrooms are named after New Zealand birds and each classroom is prepared and presented by our Teachers for age appropriate needs and extension of learning. Our children are always busy exploring their environment, they love discovering and having new experiences.
The babies enjoy a very nurturing environment where they can feel safe and secure as they develop from dependant babies into inquisitive and busy toddlers. Here they are able to explore both inside and outside developing their mobility and communication skills. Each child is allowed to develop each of these important stages at their own pace as their confidence builds.
The kiwi team believe in the Emmi Piklar philosophy of allowing the child to develop all the important physical and communication skills when they are ready and not to rush each stage. Babies are not put into positions where they cannot control their own bodies and respect all their activities as valued learning experiences for the developing child.
Both Megan (Senior Teacher) and Emily are qualified teachers and Megan has also completed additional study based on creating the right learning environments for children of this age group.
The teaching and learning programme in the Pīwakawaka (Fantail) room centres around supporting the children to develop skills within six key areas.
Friendship – I can play and learn with and alongside others. Communication – I can express myself in a variety of situations. Exploration – I can create, be curious, observe and discover. Independence – I can do it for myself. Responsibility – I can look after my things. Respect – I care for people and things.
Teachers encourage children to seek out what is of interest and then support the children to develop further understanding. Teachers provide numerous daily opportunities for children to develop and extend their pre-primary literacy and numeracy skills and understandings.
Rebecca (our primary trained and early childhood trained Teacher) regularly takes small groups of children to the Leaping Frogs room where she has planned interactive activities that teach numeracy, literacy and social skills.
The children are always excited about their learning experiences in the leaping frogs room!
Rebecca is dedicated to making the transition between preschool and primary school a smooth one, therefore she organises regular visits to the local primary school. Parent and caregivers are encouraged to be involved in this process and it is a great way for children to become more familiar and comfortable about the change.