Our Kaki Room is for infants and children from 0 to around 2 years of age. Our teachers Barbara, Amanda and Sofia, are the core infants and toddlers team and are very experienced in the care of children under two.
The tamariki enjoy a very nurturing environment where they can feel safe and secure to explore and develop at their own pace. The Kaki team believe in the RIE philosophy where each infant is trusted to be an initiator and an explorer; eager to learn what he or she is ready for. The emphasis is on respectful practice and this is demonstrated in every interaction. Child to teacher ratios are kept low to allow maximum one on one time and encourage children to form secure, trusting relationships with their caregivers.
The Tui Group
Our Tui group provides education for children of (approximately) 2 – 3 years of age. We recognise the huge amount of physical and cognitive development that occurs in this age group, and provide a dedicated group with specialised care and a targeted curriculum.
Nikki is the curriculum leader for this group and has completed additional study based on the brain development that occurs during this time. The teaching and learning programme in the Tui group centres around:
Developing relationships – being able to play and learn with and alongside others.
Communication – developing the tools needed to communicate in a variety of contexts.
Exploration – developing curiosity and making discoveries.
Independence – learning to take responsibility for self and others.
Respect – caring for people and the environment.
The Taniwha Group
The Taniwha group provides a stimulating learning programme for our 3-5 year olds, and supports children to develop the learning skills they will need for future learning and growing independence
Our teachers Rosie and Jess provide an engaging and interesting environment where children can develop skills and competencies that they will need for primary school. These include being able to make and maintain friendships, being able to look after themselves and their belongings, being eager and willing to learn and challenge themselves, and being able to communicate their thoughts and feelings. Teachers encourage children to explore their interests and then support the children to develop further understanding. There are numerous daily opportunities for children to develop and extend their pre-primary literacy and numeracy skills and understandings, which are woven throughout the programme.
The Kea Group
This is an extension group for 4 year old children aimed at assisting a smooth transition to primary school. Jess, our primary trained teacher, organises daily activities for the children which promote their numeracy, literacy and social skills. The children also learn valuable life skills such as choosing, shopping for, and preparing their own meal every week.
The children become familiar with the school environment through regular visits to the local primary school. Parents and whānau are encouraged to be involved in this process and it is a great way for children to become comfortable with their transition and look forward to the next stage in their learning journey.