Our Rooms

We have three separate rooms, enabling teachers to provide age and stage appropriate activities, experiences, routines and environments suitable to each child. Our Preschool and Prep rooms share the same outdoor space, giving the added benefit of mixed age play for children to learn from each other and extend their relationships.

Transition between rooms is flexible – we move at each child’s individual pace and transition them when they are showing they’re ready for the next step. Once transition starts, the process usually takes three or four weeks, as we support children in getting to know the room and teachers well before they actually move.

Nursery

Our Nursery provides a safe and nurturing environment for our 0 to 2 year olds, building close caring bonds between children, teachers and caregivers, and providing a wide range of activities and experiences throughout the day that create opportunities for exploration, fun and wonder. Recently revamped, our nursery is soft and inviting, with plenty of variety to support our babies right through to our older toddlers readying for transition to our Preschool.

Daily Rhythm

Kia ora! Welcome our Nursery Room. This is our general flow of the day for tamariki in this room. Throughout the day, as core to our primary care philosophy, we follow children’s individual routines - with sleep times, nappy changing, bottles and cuddles all happening within the general outline of the day, as per policy and children’s individual needs. 

7:30 – 8:15 am: Breakfast club (Weetabix, cornflakes, toast and spreads).

7:30 – 9:15 am: Preparing and welcoming the day - welcoming whānau and tamariki, providing calm, warm and inviting experiences and interactions, supporting children transitioning into centre from home.

9:15 am: Morning kai of fruit and a healthy snack with water; children enjoy socialising and teachers support them to develop independent skills and clean up after themselves.

9:45 am: Learning through play – children have opportunities to enjoy an environment (inside and outside) that has been thoughtfully set up, providing a wide range of resources, experiences and learning opportunities, as well as planned kaiako activities. Examples include art, music, stories, songs, and sensory play.

11:15 am:  Lunch – a nutritious Healthy Heart meal, where children enjoy socialising with each other and kaiako, and growing their independent skills.

12:00 pm:  Learning through play - children have opportunities to enjoy an environment (inside and outside) that has been thoughtfully set up providing a wide range of resources, experiences and learning opportunities, as well as planned kaiako activities.                                              

2:15 pm:  Afternoon kai includes fruit, a Healthy Heart snack and milk; children enjoy socialising and teachers supporting them to develop independent skills and clean up after themselves.

2:45 pm:  Learning through play - children have opportunities to enjoy an environment that has been thoughtfully set up, providing a wide range of resources, experiences and learning opportunities, as well as planned kaiako activities. Examples include art, music, stories, songs, and sensory play.

4:15 pm: Children help to tidy and refresh the environment.

4:30 pm: Late kai – a wee snack to keep us going until dinner.

4:45 – 5.30 pm: Welcoming whānau, passing on special moments and communicating caregiving news of individual children’s day, saying goodbye, supporting children transitioning from centre to home.

5:30 pm: Centre closes

Preschool

Our Preschool Room caters for our 2 to 3.5 year old tamariki, and offers a rich programme of activities, excursions and opportunities for learning. We take fortnightly trips to the library for story time and waiata, and there is also the opportunity to sign up for playball.

Daily Rhythm

Kia ora! Welcome to our Preschool Room flow of the day. Throughout the day, as core to our philosophy, we follow children’s interests and individual needs. Each week also incorporates a host of additional curricula activities for children to enjoy such as weekly baking, playball and library excursions. 

7:30 - 8:15 am: Breakfast club in the Prep Room (Weetabix, cornflakes, toast and spreads).

7:30 – 9:15 am: Preparing and welcoming the day - welcoming whānau and tamariki, providing calm, warm and inviting experiences and interactions, supporting children transitioning into centre from home.

9:30 am: We sing a variety of songs in a short mat time and then after karakia we delve into a morning kai of fruit and a healthy snack with water. Our tamariki ma enjoy socialising together and providing opportunities to practise self-help skills, such as pouring water, using tongs and cleaning away their utensils.

10:00 am: Nappy/toileting time and learning through play – children have opportunities to enjoy an environment (inside and outside) that has been thoughtfully set up, providing a wide range of resources, experiences and learning opportunities, as well as planned kaiako activities. Examples include art, music, stories, songs, sensory play.

11:00 am: Tidy up time and mat time, where we gather together greet each other, share news and participate in a group activity.

11:30 am: Opening with a karakia, children self-serve our nutritious lunch based on Healthy Heart. Our tamariki ma enjoy socialising with each other and with their kaiako , this supports and grows their social skills (e.g. passing food bowls and water jugs to each other and communicating with each other).

12:00 pm: Learning through play and sleep/nappy/toileting time – children who do not sleep have the opportunity to enjoy inside/outside flow from the older Prep Room classroom, whilst children who sleep can settle in the Preschool in a quiet environment with soothing music.

2:30 pm: Starting with a rhyme or song we follow with karakia then delve into our nutritious afternoon kai of fruit, a Healthy Heart snack and milk. This supports children in developing social skills alongside their peers, independent skills and cleaning up after themselves.

3:00 pm: Learning through play - children have opportunities to enjoy an environment that has been thoughtfully set up, providing a wide range of resources, experiences and learning opportunities, as well as planned kaiako activities. Examples include art, music, stories, songs, sensory play.

4:00 pm: The Preschool Room closes and children enjoy the opportunity for indoor/outdoor flow from the Prep Room.

4:45 pm: We come together for a small late snack in the Prep Room.

5:00 pm: Welcoming whanau/families, passing on the events and communications of the day, saying goodbye, supporting children transitioning from centre to home, a final tidy up of the environment.

5:30 pm: Centre closes

Prep Room

This is where our 3.5 year olds to school aged kids prepare for their transition into primary school. Our programme is inspiring and engaging and offers a host of activities that help our tamariki build independence and resilience, including yoga classes, our pen pal programme, and the opportunity to sign up for playball. We run regular trips to the local school to help our older children transition, and we also offer termly trips to the local rest home for arts and crafts and a concert, and monthly art safari excursions to the Christchurch Art Gallery (the first Tuesday of every month).

Daily Rhythm

Kia ora! Welcome to our Prep Room flow of the day. Throughout the day, as core to our philosophy, we follow children’s interests through an inquiry/project based approach. Each week also incorporates a host of additional curricula activities for children to enjoy such as weekly yoga, playball, groups times and excursions. 

7:30 - 8:15 am: Breakfast club (Weetabix, cornflakes, toast and spreads).

7:30 - 9:15 am: Preparing and welcoming the day - welcoming whānau and tamariki, providing calm, warm and inviting experiences and interactions, supporting children transitioning into centre from home.

9:15 am: We come together and meet and greet each other, sharing our daily news.

9:30 am: Starting with a child led karakia we enjoy a morning kai of fruit and a healthy snack with water; children socialise together providing opportunities for them to practise self-help, conversation and socialisation skills.

10:00 am: Learning through play – children have opportunities to enjoy an environment (inside and outside) that has been thoughtfully set up, providing a wide range of resources, experiences and learning opportunities, as well as planned kaiako activities. Examples of which include art, music, stories, songs, and sensory play.

11:30 am: Tidy up time, mat time, and saying goodbye to our morning friends.

12:00 pm:  Opening with karakia, children self-serve a nutritious Healthy Heart lunch and enjoy socialising with each other and kaiako. These interactions grow and support their social skills such as passing food bowls and water jugs and communicating with each other.

12:30 pm: Learning through play – children have the opportunity to enjoy inside/outside flow with the Preschool Room children joining us, providing many tuakana-teina learning opportunities. We provide a wide range of resources, experiences, learning opportunities and planned kaiako activities including art, music, stories, songs, and sensory play.

2:30 pm: A quick tidy up and then we come together to share our day on the mat, revisit an interest and sing our farewell song to our friends.

2:45 pm: We start with karakia, then enjoy a nutritious afternoon kai of fruit, a Healthy Heart snack and milk. Children enjoy socialising and we support them to develop independent skills and clean up after themselves.

3:15 pm: Learning through play - children have opportunities to enjoy an environment that has been thoughtfully set up, providing a wide range of resources, experiences and learning opportunities, as well as planned kaiako activities. Examples include art, music, stories, songs and sensory play.

4:00 pm: The Preschool children join us and everybody enjoys indoor and outdoor play.

4:45 pm: We come together for a small late snack.

5:00 pm: Welcoming whanau/families, passing on the events and communications of the day, saying goodbye, supporting children transitioning from centre to home, a final tidy up of the environment.

5:30 pm: Centre closes