Each day we prepare delicious, fresh-food options for your little one to enjoy. Our frequently changing menu offers plenty of variety and follows the principles of the healthy food pyramid.
Our tasty menu includes favourites such as pasta carbonara and rice dishes, along with healthy snacks like fresh fruit platters, cheese, and yoghurts. We also encourage children to try new tastes and textures, regularly including family suggestions in our meal choices. We are also happy to adapt our recipes and selections to cater for any specific dietary needs your child may have.
In addition, we incorporate many healthy sports and fitness activities into your child’s day. Younger children have plenty of playtime outside to run, jump and balance. Older children are challenged with obstacle courses, and climbing frames. Children learn that exercise can be a great way to stay focussed and feel great while learning.
In each room you will find activities to spark your child’s imagination. We provide open-ended, non-structured activities that inspire self-expression such as cardboard box construction, collage, painting easels, and other fun arts and crafts. Construction blocks and building materials get them to think outside the square. With lots of dress-ups and role-play materials that can be transformed into cafes, medical centres, or kitchens, your child’s imagination is the limit.
Our children love to help out in the vegetable garden, where they learn about natural life cycles through initiatives like our worm farm. In our outside school hours care there’s something suited to every taste, including cricket, arts and activity tables, board games, basketball, an extensive library, and a sandpit. Educators also regularly sing songs in different languages, and explore concepts of diversity through dance, books, cooking, and puppet shows.
Our children love to shake it up with hula-hoops, streamers, music, dance, and gymnastics at our monthly dance and movement class:
We stage a variety of multi-cultural festivities throughout the year, including:
- Chinese New Year
- Waitangi Day
- NAIDOC Week
- Australia Day
Children with Additional Needs
We welcome all children with a wide variety of abilities, backgrounds or needs. If your child requires extra medical, emotional or learning support, we will tailor our care for them and work closely with you to ensure they have a smooth transition into our centre. This includes seeking support from other networks or professionals to bridge any gaps in our service delivery.
Some of the additional needs and support which can be provided at our centre include but are not limited to:
- English as a second language
- Autism spectrum
- Physical disabilities
- Minor or serious medical conditions
- Emotional issues
Our team cultivates a warm atmosphere of inclusion through continuous improvement and open communication. We are confident that your child will benefit from our dedicated approach to care and education.
Please speak to our staff about your child’s individual needs and how we can accommodate them.
Together we can create a plan to help them reach their full potential.
Child Safety & Welfare
All aspects of our operations are in line with the National Quality Standards and the Early Years Learning Framework. This includes our Health and Safety policy. All educators follow our health and safety policies and procedures and have access to these online.
We understand that leaving your child in someone else’s care is a difficult thing to do. We assure you that safety is our top priority and our educators follow safety practices every day.
At all times, we ensure that our centre is secure and free of hazards, both inside and out. Fire drills and UV checks are a regular part of our informed approach to safety. We emphasise safety education by creating an atmosphere of safety awareness in all aspects of the day. You will see visual safety guides around our centre, such as our sun smart posters. These tools support our lessons about safety, which we discuss as part of the curriculum. We take every opportunity to act as role models, pointing out tripping or slipping hazards and putting hats and sunscreen on for outdoor play. We talk about stranger danger so that children can build awareness and can freely talk to us if they are scared or worried. We aim to teach children to think about their own safety habitually too.