Your Child's Day
Our daily programmes are a flexible guide to work by on a day-to-day basis for all children. Within our framework, we try to maintain your child’s routine and keep it as close as it is to home thus meeting each child’s/whanau individual needs.
To encourage active participation, we like to include at least one structured group time per session. This helps your child build self-esteem and concentration abilities which are important foundations for life long learning.
Things to Bring
Please dress your child in their "work" clothes that are appropriate to the season and encourage children to explore their learning opportunities without worrying about staying clean.
We require children to bring a named hat appropriate to the season. As part of our Sun Smart Policy, children must wear hats whenever they are outside.
We provide a nutritious morning and afternoon tea. Children bring a named packed lunch from home. We are able to heat food in the microwave at lunch time.
Our Gecko room at Wheretia Street provides full catering for your baby/toddler. We aim to meet the New Zealand healthy heart award with our meals, with a full menu available at the centre.
To support our nutrition policy we ask you to exclude the following foods from your child's lunchbox:
- Chocolate muesli bars
- Rolls ups
- Fizzy drink
- Our centres are also nut free
If your child is in nappies, please ensure they have an adequate supply for the day. We charge $1.00 for each nappy that we supply.
We support our parents/caregivers/whanau when toilet training. We ask that parents follow our toileting brochure to decide if their child is toilet ready. Accidents can be upsetting, which is why we ask that two full extra changes of clothing are provided during this learning period.
Our toilet and nappy changing policies are available at each centre.
The Ministry of Education requires written consent by the parent/caregiver before we can administer any medication to your child. Please see a teacher when required so that we can fill in the medication chart.
Children need to be on antibiotics for at least 24 hours before returning to the centre and be clear of vomiting and diarrhoea for 48 hours.
Settling in Proceedure
We recommend that parents bring their child in for a minimum of three visits to the centre before starting. Once your child has started, you are welcome to call us during the day to enquire about your child.
Signing in and out
It is a Ministry of Education requirement that we have a record of all children's attendance each day
Please inform the teachers if your child is to have a sleep If your child has a special toy or cuddly we encourage you to bring this along.
You are encouraged to collect your child's artwork from the art box. This can be taken home to admire or pass on to grandparents, whanau etc
Please remember to shut gates quietly and securely
The centre is required by law to keep an Immunisation Register. If you child is immunised we ask you to bring your child's immunisation certificate.
- As educators we recognise the importance of child-initiated learning alongside their peers and friends. We provide quality individual care and focus on your child’s needs.
- Within our environment we promote a strong sense of respect for people, places and physical surrounding.
- We invite children to engage with us, and wait to be invited to engage with them. Respectful engagement happens when children agree to the interactions.
- Agreement is shown through your child’s cues and gestures
- Teachers work slowly with the children
- Children are offered choice in their care and education and offered support rather than an unnecessary intervention
- Peaceful observations enable us to gain important knowledge about children’s individual requirements
- We offer children the support they need (from their cues) even if it is outside our beliefs, e.g. security toys
- We move in a slow calm manner which helps create a peaceful environment for your child.
- Children mirror behaviours that they see. Teachers are role models by using calm voice and movement, children can learn that this is what is expected of them.
- We recognise children develop at their own rate. All children reach stages of development at different times. We believe that children will not take on a task until they are physically, mentally and emotionally ready to do it themselves.
- Babies are placed on their back in a clear area for them to progress within their own capabilities.
- Children are not placed into positions that they cannot get into themselves. e.g onto the bikes, swing and slides/climbing equipment. (We offer support, rather than intervene unnecessarily).
- The use of highchairs enables a quiet, safe area for a child to enjoy their food. When children have differing values at home it can take some time to adjust to not being propped up etc, so this method of development may need to be introduced slowly.