Active Explorers Hokitika has three separate rooms, enabling us to deliver age appropriate experiences for children at each different age and stage.
Our nursery caters for our under two’s and provides a warm, calm and respectful environment that follows each child’s individual home routine. Staff are highly experienced, and we have excellent teacher to child ratios.
We enjoy a very relaxed environment in our nursery, and are 100 percent dedicated to following the cues and individual routines of each individual child. That means our daily routine is very broad. In between meal times we have free play and exploration and also follow individual child’s routines such as nappies, bottles and sleep.
9:30 – 10:00 am: Morning tea
11:30 am – 12:00 pm: Lunch time
2:00 – 3:30 pm: Afternoon tea is offered within this time range, depending on each child’s individual sleep routines and cues
This is the playing and learning classroom for our 2 to 5 year olds. The environment is vibrant and engaging, allowing tamariki to explore and enquire at their own pace. Daily rituals encourage the children to take part in real experiences and increase their independence.
7:45 am: Centre opens/free play
8:30 am: Outside opens
10:00 am: Morning kai, sit down meal together
10:15 am: Free play
11:30 am: Clean up time
11:45 am: Mat time
12:00pm: Lunch time
12:30 pm: Free play/sleepers go down between 12.45 and 1:00 pm
2:15 pm: Afternoon kai
5:15 pm: Centre closes
This routine is flexible to meet children’s needs throughout the day. Children sleep and have bottles as required for their individual routine, and meal times are also flexible depending on their needs. Learning experiences are provided throughout the day. Nappies are changed according to individual needs every 3-4 hours as per policy.
It’s great to have a dedicated dining space for our tamariki as it means if they are in the middle of creating an amazing work of art, they don’t have to pack everything up at meal times! Eating here is just like eating at home – we use real crockery, plates and glasses.