The Hive (Education for Preschoolers)
Our Teachers strive to provide an array of meaningful preschool experiences that allow children to think, ask, find and evaluate questions and answers.
This builds their confidence in their abilities and unique personalities, setting the stage for a lifetime of learning.
We aim for all our preschoolers to
Have control over the direction of their learning
To learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening and observing
To have relationships with material items in the world that they are able to explore
To have endless ways and opportunities to express themselves.
We foster the natural development of each child as an individual and the close relationships they share with the environment. We believe all children have rights and should be given the opportunity to develop to their full potential. We see each child as beautiful, powerful, competent, creative, curious and full of potential and ambition.
Our project-based approaches with the Preschoolers allow children opportunities to explore, observe, hypothesise, ask questions and discuss their understanding and findings. This approach allows us to introduce early literacy and numeracy skills through meaningful experiences, to best prepare them for their journey in primary school.
The Hive – Toddlers
These busy little people are engaged in a wide variety of curriculum activities in a way that is meaningful to them.
Toddlers are very active as they begin to gain control of their world and our programme provides safe challenges, which encourage exploration, cognitive skills, language development and gross motor skills. We strive to provide an environment that is open and spacious to support this active stage of development.
The importance of play as a vehicle for learning is respected and valued. Toddlers are provided with a range of daily activities and challenges that they choose to engage in throughout the course of a day, complemented by a rich variety of resources. This allows our Teachers to recognise and respond to learning opportunities that present themselves within routines. Each child has a tailored programme plan where they are encouraged and supported to reach new milestones in a way that is effective and meaningful.
The intentional Reggio inspired environment encourages exploration and creativity. It is a largely sensory focused space, feeding the minds of these active, curious little explorers and all their senses.
The Nest (Specialised Care for Babies & Young Toddlers)
Our Nursery – Nearly Full
The program offered for babies is very individual. It supports your child’s unique development, interests and strengths.
We approach the curriculum for this age group in a very holistic way that encompasses exploration and discovery alongside each child’s natural stage of development. We treasure each moment of your baby’s journey as they grow, change and develop, capturing these special memories for you to keep for a lifetime.
Babies need to be in an environment where they are nurtured and cared for in a way that follows their very own rhythm and routine. Our loving teachers are well trained in understanding the cues of babies and being responsive to these.
We offer Primary Caregiving for all children in the Nest. A primary caregiver is your child’s special teacher. Their priority is to form a partnership with you, as the child’s parents, to ensure consistency and continuity of care between the home and Centre environments. This allows your child’s unique needs to be met and allows for flexible changes as your child grows and naturally moves to a more active and independent routine.
Primary caregiving does not mean your child and their primary caregiver have an exclusive relationship however, the primary caregiver becomes the in-Centre expert on your child and holds primary responsibility for providing consistent care for your child.
A communication book is also provided for children in the Nest, to give a clear outline of how your child’s day has been and where they are at in their routine. We believe strong partnerships with you as parents and Whānau are a crucial part of providing quality care for very young children.