Grounded in the Reggio Emilia philosophy, we foster children’s innate curiosity, ensuring vibrant and enriching learning experiences. Embracing this philosophy we value collaboration, communication, and respect, fostering a sense of community and empowering children to be active participants in their learning.
Our centre features six classrooms specifically designed for different age groups, fostering Tuakana/teina relationships and engaged tamariki. Our focus lies in empowering tamariki to direct their own learning while ensuring they feel supported and safe. We offer a diverse range of open-ended and natural resources to encourage teachable moments and create happy, learning-focused experiences.
Our kaiako create beautiful provocations where materials are carefully selected to provoke curiosity, promote critical thinking, and encourage tamariki to express themselves through various art forms. We believe that every moment is an opportunity for learning, and our kaiako utlise these teachable moments to enrich our children’s understanding of the world around them.
We are proud to have many different cultures attending and working in our centre. We offer an inclusive environment where culture plays a part in our daily provocations and learning. We also enjoy taking part in celebrating different cultural events from around the world. We work hard at building strong foundations with our whanau underpinned by whanaungatanga. We support tamariki to realise their full potential and work in partnerships with whānau, acknowledging their expectations and aspirations for their tamariki.
Our inhouse cook provides freshly made meals for children each day using our Nourish menus and recipes, based on the New Zealand Heart Foundation Tohu Manawa Ora | Healthy Heart Award for Early Learning Centres. We believe that through nourishing food, children are fueled to thrive physically and mentally, whilst enjoying the benefits of coming together and connecting as a group at mealtimes.
Teachers also do regular baking with the children, which provides them opportunities to engage and learn a range of food preparations skills and fine motor movements such as pouring, sifting, spooning. It is a great hands on sensory experience for children to develop independence through self-help skills, practice simple maths as they measure and count quantities.
Our infant’s rooms are based on building loving and trusting bonds, our kaiako work closely with families to understand infant cues and develop a routine that supports children’s natural rhythms. When tamariki are ready to progress, they will head into the Nikau room, and utilise sensory play, outdoor exploration, music, and movement to create a fun, interactive atmosphere whilst maintaining a focus on the love and care that infants need to thrive.
The toddler rooms are designed to help our tamariki balance the desire to be independent with the need to be nurtured and cared for. Our kaiako support the unfolding autonomy of the older tamariki to encourage the child’s emergent personality to blossom.
Our preschool room supports the tamariki with social and emotional competence at a time when they are ready to engage in meaningful play with others. When tamariki start to become more aware of their upcoming transition to school, our resources are reflective of the medium’s children will be using at school. Kaiako observe and converse with children to develop projects based on their interests.
School readiness programme
Our preschool offers a reading and writing programme for our over 3-year-old children. Along with the support of our families, we encourage children to enjoy learning about literacy alongside their peers. We also work closely with the primary schools in the area to ensure a smooth transition for tamariki.
Teachers are so kind and helpful. Our son is happy and thriving in the centre and is growing in confidence.
Staff are amazing & friendly. Always updating us on Skylar's developement. So many sensory activities to keep her entertained and learning. Skylar is so happy and just loves everyone there. Couldn't ask for a better environment for her.
Our son is very happy and settled where he is, and the teachers are all lovely and attentive. He enjoys the activities and routine