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 work hard to develop warm and responsive relationships with children and their families / whānau. Communication with parents and whānau about the developmental and learning needs of their child is paramount and builds a foundation of trust and security. We strive for an excellent ratio of 1:3 in a spacious self-contained room with a separate outdoor space, sleep-room and kitchenette. Our infant room runs on a primary care giving programme where routines, such as sleeping, feeding and changing provide ‘prime times’ for intimate one to one time, normally with a familiar care-giver where a relationship is established. These moments of opportunity are rich with language and play, nurturing trust for your child with their primary caregiver. 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.
Transition to the Junior School
From home or another service, a very similar transition process applies. Once a child is ready to transition from the infant room, and space allows, regular visits are offered to the child. These are initiated and driven by the child with the support of their primary caregiver. The child is invited to play, eat and sleep, and visits get longer until they are comfortable in their new setting. All this is documented and shared with the children's family, whānau and other kaiako.