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Infant and toddlers

​"Physical, cognitive and socio-emotional growth and development are more rapid during infancy than in any other period of life. Neural pathways formed during this period are the foundations for all future learning ". Te Whāriki
Our Infant Room


Our dedicated, experienced teachers develop warm, responsive relationships with your children. Talking with you to understand the developmental and learning needs of your child is important to us. We strive for a ratio of 1:3 with our under 2 children, have a separate sleep space and easy access to our outdoor area. Our infant room runs on primary care routines, such as sleeping, feeding and changing. This provides prime times for intimate one on one time, with a familiar care-giver/Kaitiaki, where a relationship is established. These times provide opportunities for language and play, and nurturing trust for your child with their Kaitiaki. Children know that their needs will be anticipated and fulfilled.

Transition from home

We offer an individualised settling period, matched to the needs of your whānau. While the child's needs are paramount, we strongly believe that to build a foundation based on trust, the whole family need to be secure in the relationships, surroundings and routines. As a core value we offer this time at no cost and the settling period is flexible in length to cater to child and whānau needs and aspirations.

Transition to the Junior School


From home or another service, a very similar transition process applies. Our Rūma Pēpi (infant room) is situated downstairs in Whare Āwhina, The transition from Rūma Pēpi to the larger Junior space upstairs in Whare Āwhina is done at the child's pace over a period of time. This transition is normally quite seamless, as there is familiarity with the teaching team across both areas, meaning the child is likely to be familiar with Junior kaiako. Frequent visits will help introduce the pēpi into the new environment.  These transitions are initiated and driven by the child with the support of their primary caregiver. The child is invited to play, eat and sleep in the Juniors school space when they feel ready.  All of this is documented and shared with the children's family, whānau and other kaiako.

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