Our Centre

We currently have two learning spaces - the Kiwi Room and the Pukeko Room. Both of our spaces have large indoor areas and plenty of space for outdoor play.

Pukeko Room  |  Kiwi Room

 

Kiwi Room

Our Kiwi Room has been designed specifically for our two and three year old children.

The focus in this room is fun while each child is extended to reach their full potential in the spacious indoor and outdoor areas.

Our mat times are full of fun activities such as singing, dancing, stories, and sharing news.

Children spent the majority of their day in free play, exploring the large indoor and outdoor areas that are setup to allow them to develop their skills while having fun.


Kiwi Room Routine

7.30 - 9.45am
Free Play/Settling Time

Children arrive at the centre and are greeted by the teachers. They then choose what they want to do - maybe build block towers, play on the swings or in the sandpit or do one of the settling activities that have been set up by the teachers.

9.45am
Mat Time

Children (and teachers) clean up from their busy morning and then have mat time. Children are able to have a ‘morning talk’ if they have something to share with their friends. Our teachers take turn leading mat time where they read stories, sing and encourage the children to participate in fun activities that help them to learn things such as their colours and numbers.

10am
Kai Time

Children wash their hands then sit inside at tables to eat. As children finish eating, they are free to go and play.

10.15 - 11.45am
Free Play

Children are free to play in their own way both inside the classroom and in the outdoor space.

11.45am
Mat Time

A different teacher runs this mat time, which is similar to the one earlier in the day.

12pm
Lunch Time

Again, children wash their hands then sit inside at tables to eat. After a teacher has ensured enough has been eaten, children are allowed to go and play.

12.15 - 2.15pm
Free Play/Sleep Time

Children are free to play as they wish. This is usually the time that the children who need a sleep are put down.

2pm
Story Time

Children get a chance to wind down as they enjoy a few stories.

 

After washing their hands, children sit outside (weather permitting) on the deck and have their afternoon tea.

2.15pm
Kai Time

3pm
Free Play

Children from the Pukeko Room join us again and everyone has more free play.

4pm
Late Afternoon Snack

Children are given another opportunity to eat (after all, all this play is hard work!). Some parents opt to send their child’s dinner for them to eat at this time.

2.30pm - 5.30pm
Free Play

Children finish off their day by keeping busy with the many play options.

Pukeko Room

Our Pukeko Room has been set up for our four and five year olds. We believe that routines benefit children and so every day runs along a similar format.  Mat times are a time where children enjoy songs, dancing, stories, share news and lots of learning takes place.

We believe that helping children to prepare for the next challenge of school is important. Children are encouraged to become independent, and look after their belongings.  

‘Group time’ takes place four times a week. This is a time when children take part in literacy and numeracy activities.

The majority of the children’s day is spent playing, and the large outdoor and indoor environments are setup to ensure children are challenged while having fun.


Pukeko Room Routine

7.30am - 8.30am
Free Play

Children arrive at the centre and are greeted by the teachers. Children spend this part of the morning in the Kiwi Room. This is a great way for them to develop skills such as compassion as they interact with younger children.

8.30am - 9.40am
Pukeko Room Opens

At 8.30 the Pukeko Room opens for the day.  The four year olds now are able to choose to play in their own room or in the adjacent outdoor space.

9.40am
Mat Time

We gather together to start our day, enjoy music and stories.  Children are able to have a ‘morning talk’ if they have something to share with their friends.

10.00am
Kai Time

Children wash their hands then sit outside at tables (weather permitting) and eat. As children finish eating, they are free to go and play (after they have put their lunchbox away).

10.30am
Group Time

During this time, on Monday to Thursday, children are split into small groups, working with a teacher to develop literacy and numeracy skills. Fine motor skills, such as cutting and pencil skills, are also developed at this time.

10.45am - 12.15pm
Free Play

As above, children are free to play in their own way.

12.15pm
Mat Time

A different teacher runs this mat time, which is similar to the one earlier in the day.

12.30pm
Lunch Time

Again, children wash their hands then sit at tables to eat. We encourage healthy food choices to be eaten first with treat food eaten afterwards.  We know that a good sized midday meal creates lots of energy to play so after a teacher has ensured enough has been eaten, children are allowed to go and play.

1.00pm - 2.30pm
Free Play

Children are free to play as they wish. If your child still has an afternoon sleep, they are taken to the Kiwi Room for this.

2.30pm
End of Day Tidy up and Story Time

Children take responsibility for the day’s activities and tidy up their play areas before a chance to wind down and enjoy a few stories.

2.45m
Kai Time

After washing their hands, children sit outside (weather permitting) on the deck and have their afternoon tea. When they have finished their afternoon tea children pack their bags ready to move to the Kiwi Room.

3.15pm
Pukeko Room Closes/Free Play in the Kiwi Room

The Pukeko Room now closes and any children still here head back over to the Kiwi Room to finish their afternoon. Again, they get to interact with the younger children and possibly play with the friends they had when they were in the Kiwi Room.

4.00pm
Late Afternoon Snack

Children are given another opportunity to eat (all this play is hard work!). Some parents opt to send their child’s dinner for them to eat at this time.

2.45 - 5.30pm
Free Play

Children finish off their day by keeping busy with many play options.