Opening / BOOKING Times

Our normal opening hours are 7.15am til 6.00pm Monday to Friday. Upon enrolment you will be asked to nominate a 'booking time', the time you will attend on a daily basis. We trust these hours will suit you and you will be able to support the staff by adhering to your booking time.

Curriculum

Our curriculum is based on Te Whāriki – the Early Childhood Curriculum. We believe that the importance of play as a vehicle for learning is respected and valued. Our teachers are intentional in the way they recognise and respond to opportunities to engage in and extend children’s learning. Our teacher practice incorporates the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and we embrace Christian values.

Midday Dinners

We provide nutritious meals for your children to give them lots of energy, as well as providing morning tea, afternoon tea, and a late snack. All meals are prepared on site. Please see the menu on our display board in the entrance.

STORYPARK

We also invite you to be part of your child's learning via Storypark. Storypark is an online record of your child's learning. You control who you share this learning with i.e. grandparents, aunts and uncles. This enables you to have increased involvement in your child's learning, enhancing support and therefore improving their learning outcomes.

CHILDREN'S PORTFOLIOS

Each child in our care will have their own unique portfolio. This will include photos of your child and wonderful Learning Stories that show how well our teachers know each individual child and how they extend the children through their interests, strengths and changing needs. This will be a precious snapshot of your child’s growth and development in their preschool years.

Family Focus / Functions

We believe that siblings attending the centre should have the opportunity to spend time together. We will do this whenever possible.

You can expect a fun-filled event every term that will involve the whole family. Some of our events so far have included  our yearly Christmas party, a parent breakfast and our Cultural Evening. These are great times to get to know your childs friends and the teachers better.

Trips and Walks

We take the children for a walk as often as we can when the weather allows. We also plan a trip for the older children at least once per term. Some of our past trips have included trips to the airport, Raglan beach, the Museum and Kirikiriroa Marae. We also have regular trips to the river, the zoo, the library and to local schools. The Kindy run a 'Nature Programme' weekly, and both Toddlers and Kindy attend a Gym Programme.

Nappies and Hugs for Free!

We will cater to your childs every need possible. We will never be as important as you, their parent, but while they are with us we will love them and hug them. We will ensure every physical need is met from nappies to lunch to snuggly sleeps, we will challenge their minds and build their self-esteem. We will do this in full partnership with you.


Our Philosophy

Our Centre Philosophy was developed in conjunction with management, staff, and parents. This is what our centre's community believes to be important for children in their early years of learning.

Children will be loved and cared for:

We will provide an environment where the children’s needs come first and where they feel that they have a place that they can call their own.

All children will be treated as individuals and their needs will be met accordingly.

The staff will create a loving and caring environment where children feel secure and happy.

To create lifelong learners:

Children will have fun and develop a love of learning through our Educational Programme.

Children’s interests will be respected, valued and incorporated into the programme.

Children will experience an environment where they discover and develop different ways to be creative and expressive.

Staff will regularly assess and evaluate the programme to celebrate and support each child’s learning and development. Our programme reflects the principles, strands, goals and learning outcomes from Te Whāriki. This celebrates the uniqueness of each child and for the group as a whole.

We will encourage children to be inquisitive and to ask why? And we will develop their problem solving skills.

We will instil in children good morals and strong values to take with them on life’s journey.

Communication:

Management will provide a place where open communication is encouraged and valued.

Staff will communicate in an honest and professional manner with management, parents/whanau, and children.

Parents are encouraged to spend time in the centre whenever possible and to discuss their needs and aspirations for their child.

We value the individual child’s voice both verbally and non-verbally.

Belonging

We will provide an environment where children, parents/whanau and staff have a sense of belonging to Midcity.

Children, parents/whanau and staff will feel comfortable and aware of the routines, customs and regular events.

Value and embrace community, whanau, multi-culturalism and Christianity:

We will endeavour to teach the children and their families our Christian principles and values.

We will respect the different cultures within our centre. We understand the importance of and the appropriate practise with regard to tikanga Maori.

Children, parents/whanau will be encouraged to actively contribute to our centre programme.

Through the implementation of our programme planning, children will be immersed in a culturally enriched environment where empowerment, respect and dignity of children is vital.

Equality:

All staff, children, parents/whanau will be treated equally irrespective of their gender, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs or background.