The Centre caters for children from six months to five years. Our curriculum offers integration of age groups. The children’s learning and play contributes in developing their social skills. Establishing relationships and friendships provides the children at the Centre with a sense of belonging.
We acknowledge the value and guidance available in ‘Te Whariki’ early childhood curriculum, and the unique partnership under the Treaty of Waitangi.
We believe in providing quality early childhood education based on training, experience and ensure the ongoing development of all staff
We believe in the notion of supporting Tuakana and Teina. Our environment supports mixed aged interactions between infants, toddlers and young children at certain times with teacher guidance. (Royal Tangere)
What to bring
A change of clothing is required, which can be left at the Centre in your child’s bag.
In the colder months, gumboots/or outside shoes, as well as shoes or slippers that can be worn inside are required. A warm coat and hat are also essential clothing items.
In the summer months a sunhat and sun screen is compulsory. Jandals are not permitted at the Centre; they are unsafe and prohibit children playing to their full potential.
All clothing and footwear items should be named.
Cloth or disposable nappies may be used. Please supply a bag of nappies and replenish the supply as necessary.
All meals are provided for children at the Centre. We provide a winter and a summer menu for our children, so that they can experience a variety of seasonal foods.
The menu is planned by our cook and Manager and implements the guidelines and recommendations of the Heart Foundation. The cook and teaching team monitor the children’s eating.
Meal times are a social time at the Centre and a great learning opportunity for children. All children wash their hands before mealtimes. We then sit at our tables and say a Pure/Karakia/Grace, prior to eating our meal together. Fluids are available at all times for the children.
Please inform the Supervisor, teaching team or cook of any food allergies, religious practices, life style and personal philosophies vegetarian/vegan requirements. Any dietary requirements, allergies or food preferences will be catered for in consultation with the Manager, teaching team and cook.
Upon arrival and departure from the Centre we require that parents/caregivers complete the sign in and out form located in the over 2’s classroom area. This is a Ministry of Education Requirement as well as our Centre policy. If you require changes to booking times, please email or call the administrator on 04 389 2127. Changes will only be accepted if there are spaces available. You will be contacted if we are unable to accommodate your request.
Changes to permanent hours require two weeks notification and extensions will be allocated based on spaces available. You will be contacted if we are unable to accommodate your request.