Our Rooms

Active Explorers Blenheim has four separate rooms, enabling us to deliver age appropriate experiences for children at each different age and stage.

Room One

Warm, peaceful and welcoming, our infant room is well set up to provide safe and nurturing care for our children aged up to 15 months.

Daily Routine

This routine is entirely flexible according to the child’s needs and routines from home. Tamariki that are asleep at meal times will have their kai saved for them and will eat this when they wake up.

7:30 – 9:30 am: Welcome and settling in for the day. Tamariki and their whānau are greeted in Room One and their kaiako will support them into play.

9:30 am: Morning kai. Tamariki that are eating most foods will sit at the table and eat morning tea from the menu. Depending on their needs, some tamariki will have puree or mashed food.

10:00 am: Morning sleep, free play. Tamariki needing a sleep at this time are provided with a bottle if required and are put into bed. Tamariki not sleeping are free to explore the resources that are available to them, either inside, outside or in Room Two, activities and experiences are set up to meet the learning needs of the group.

11:30 am: Lunch. Tamariki that are eating most foods will sit at the table and eat lunch from the menu. Depending on their needs, some tamariki will have puree or mashed food.

12:00 pm: Sleep. Tamariki needing a sleep at this time are provided with a bottle if required and are put into bed. Tamariki not sleeping are free to explore the resources that are available to them, either inside, outside or in Room Two.

2:15 pm: Afternoon kai. Tamariki that are eating most foods will sit at the table and eat afternoon tea from the menu. Depending on their needs, some tamariki will have puree or mashed food.

2:45 pm: Free play. Tamariki are free to explore the resources that are available to them, either inside, outside or in Room Two.

3:30 – 5:45 pm: Winding down and going home. Room One combines with Room Two as tamariki gradually go home. Tamariki help to tidy play areas. When they lose interest in being outside, we join together in the one classroom. If required, a late snack can be provided.

Room Two

Peaceful, respectful primary care is the focus in our toddler room for our little ones aged 1 to 2.5 years.

Daily Routine

This routine is entirely flexible according to the child’s needs. Tamariki that are asleep at meal times will have their kai when they wake up.

7:30 – 9:30 am:  Welcome and settling in for the day. Tamariki and their whānau are greeted in Room Two and their kaiako will support them into play.

9:30 am: Morning hui time. Tamariki are encouraged to sit at the mat as we gather to sing songs.

9:40 am: Morning kai. Tamariki leave the mat a group at a time to wash their hands at the sink and sit up at the table. Each table will say karakia before being provided with food from the menu. When they have finished eating, they are free to get down from the table.

10:00 am: Free play. Tamariki are free to explore the resources that are available to them, either inside or outside, activities and experiences are set up to meet the learning needs of the group. They are encouraged to join in with any learning experiences being facilitated by their kaiako. During this time, each child will have their nappy changed and if a sleep is required, their kaiako will put them in bed.

11:30 am: Midday hui time. Tamariki are encouraged to sit at the mat as we gather to sing songs.

11:40 am: Lunch. Tamariki leave the mat a group at a time to wash their hands at the sink and sit up at the table. Each table will say karakia before being provided with food from the menu. When they have finished eating, they are free to get down from the table.

12:00 pm: Sleep. Tamariki that sleep in a cot are provided with a bottle if required and put in their cot for a sleep. Tamariki that sleep on a mattress are taken into the sleep room as a group and a kaiako will sit with them and support them to get off to sleep. Tamariki that are not sleeping are free to play outside.

1:00 – 2:15 pm: Transition from sleep. Tamariki start to wake up and are supported into play.

2:15 pm: Afternoon kai. Tamariki sit at the table, say karakia as a group, and are provided with afternoon tea from the menu. As tamariki continue to wake they join the others at the table.

2:45 pm: Free play. Tamariki are free to explore the resources that are available to them, either inside or outside.

3:30 – 5:45 pm: Winding down and going home. Room One combines with Room Two as tamariki gradually go home. Tamariki help to tidy play areas. When they lose interest in being outside, we join together in the one classroom. If required, a late snack can be provided.

Room Three

This is home away from home for our pre-schoolers up to the age of 3.5, and is a vibrant hub of fun activities such as messy play, creative play and art, all delivered in a child-led environment.

Daily Routine

7.30 – 9.15am: Children arrive at the centre and get settled. Breakfast for those who have brought it with them. Free play choices inside. Outside play is available from 8:00 am.

9:30 am: Tidy up and preparation for hui time.

9:40 am:  Morning hui time. Tamariki are encouraged to sit at the mat as we gather to sing songs and enjoy activities together. We sing karakia together before leaving hui and washing hands for morning kai.

10:10 am: As children finish kai they take their cups to the trolley and then get ready to head outside.

10:15 am: Free play opportunities both inside and outside, activities and experiences set up to meet the learning needs of the group. Nappy changing and toileting commences at this time, with changes being completed by the child’s whanau teacher, or secondary teacher if the whanau teacher is away.

11:15 am: Classroom tidy up, children are encouraged to participate in the tidy up process.

11:35 am: Brief transition hui, karakia is sung before leaving the mat for handwashing.

11:50 am: Kai time, children are encouraged and supported to bring their cup and plate to the trolley and scrape their plate if there is food remaining on it.

12:15 pm: Children are prepared for sleep time, any nappy changes and toileting completed as required. Children who are not sleeping engage in free play outside and in Room Four (as Room Three closes during this time to ensure peaceful and respectful rest times for the children). 

2:00 pm: Room Three reopens for inside free play choices inside and outside.

2:15 pm:  Hui time, karakia kai sung on the mat before washing hands.

2:30 pm: Kai time

2:45 pm: Free play. Nappy changing and toileting of all children as and when required over the afternoon. 

5:00 – 5:45 pm: Final tidy up, late snack, then quiet activity on the mat.

Room Four

Our 3.5 to 5 year olds enjoy an inspiring child-led curriculum with a fantastic transition to school programme, based around social competency and building resilience and independence.

Daily Routine

This is a rough guide to the outline of our day – it always remains flexible and allows for spontaneous learning opportunities where we can just ‘go with the flow:

7:30 – 9:15am:  Welcoming and settling in time: Room Four tamariki to be dropped off in Room Three between these times, as Room Four is closed before morning mat time.

9:15 am: Whāriki (mat) time & akoranga (focus) time: Morning mat time in Room Four starts with a song before asking a few children “Kei te pēhea koe?” Which they then reply in te reo Maori, this is also followed up by either a game, story book or brain gym.

10:00 am: Morning kai

10:20 am: Self-directed learning: Activities and resources are set up on the tables for tamariki to discover and learn with experiences set up based on what their interests are.

11:30am: Tidy and whāriki time - either pukapuka or a game is played with the tamariki.

12:00 pm: Kai (lunch time)

12:20pm: Self-directed learning - Activities and resources are set up on the tables for tamariki to discover and learn with experiences set up based on what their interests are.

1:55 pm: Tidy up, small whāriki time.

2:30 pm:  Afternoon kai: Room Four is closed for the day after this and all tamariki are able to play in Room Three and outside.

2:45 pm: Self-directed learning in Room Three.

5:00 – 5:45 pm: Farewell children and tidy up before late snack and a quiet activity on the mat.