- Centre Information
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- IMPORTANT INFO
Kiwi Explorers Early Education Centre is open from 7.30 to 5.30pm Monday to Friday. We are open during school holidays as normal, and bookings are as normal, any absentees will be charged for at a full rate.
Kiwi Explorers are closed on all statutory holidays/ public holidays.
All fees to Kiwi Explorers are payable in advance by cash, cheque, internet banking or automatic payment. Payments are strictly weekly unless otherwise arranged.
At Kiwi Explorer we know the benefits of providing small group times
Each area at Kiwi Explorers has a daily routine consisting of play times, mat times and meal times. These are at the same time every day. Consistency in routine helps children relax with the knowledge of what comes next during a school day.
Building confidence in children helps them become positive capable learners. By creating an environment in the classroom that is similar to the one at school helps with the transition because children recognise and already know how to e.g. count, recognise numbers, recognise their written name, identify letters in their name, write letters, read a book by themselves and work co-operatively alongside others in small or large groups.
Small groups allow close interaction between preschoolers and adults. Children benefit from small group activities by getting more opportunities to participate and by learning to work and play well with the other children in the group. Teachers benefit from small groups by being able to engage each child in the activity and conversation; observing them more closely than they could in a large group setting. (Mary Davis)
The balance between communal, small group, and individual activities should allow opportunities for interaction, co-operative activities and privacy. Te Whaariki (1996)
The following information is designed to answer some of the most frequently asked questions that parents have when enrolling and settling their children in an early education setting.
Visits, settling in and transitioning
Kiwi Explorers recommend about 3 visits of an hour's duration to familiarise your child with their new environment. This also helps your child to get to know the other children and teachers whilst still having you available to support them.
During this time you will be introduced to the teachers and specifically the teacher who will be responsible for helping your child settle into Kiwi Explorers.
Once your child is left in our care for the first time, we welcome you to ring as many times as you feel necessary to ensure your peace of mind.
At Kiwi Explorers we have an open door policy which means parents and whanau are welcome to visit at any time during the day.
It often takes children 2-3 weeks to really settle into a new environment. This time is when children are getting used to all the new faces, different noises and routines.
Occasionally children will appear to have settled in immediately, only to then become unsettled a few weeks later. This is also quite normal and we encourage you to continue the normal settling in process with them.
Suggestions that help the settling in process
Encourage your child to begin being independent before you arrive at the centre and then during your drop off routine by:
Talking to them about what is going to happen when you do arrive;
Talk about who and what they might play with;
Walking into the centre holding your hand (rather than being carried);
Helping to put their bag away.
Information that helps parents through the leaving process
It is most helpful if you have a regular routine when saying goodbye. It helps your child when they know what to expect and that you will be consistent. It is also a good idea to discuss your leaving routine with your child as well.
Some things you could use to settle your child before you leave are:
Stay and do a quick puzzle or read a short story together before you say goodbye (something that has an end);
Leave them with a teacher or some other children;
Always say goodbye, give them a kiss or cuddle, and tell them you are going to leave and that you or someone else will come back later to pick them up;
It is important to leave as soon as you say goodbye;
When you leave your child may cry. This is normal and usually the crying stops very soon after you leave. Your child will get busy and feels better quickly, but you may feel awful for a lot longer! Feel free to phone us at any time to check on your child.
In our experience, if your child is finding saying goodbye especially difficult, you can help them by making the routine short and sweet. It is also helpful to think about how you feel when leaving your child at Kiwi Explorers. If this is something you find hard to do and you don't really want to do it, your child will pick up on this and behave accordingly when it comes for you to leave.
When you return to pick them up try and spend a few minutes looking around and encouraging your child to tell you something they did that day. This builds their self-esteem and shows them that you enjoy listening to them and sharing their experiences at pre-school.
Here are Kiwi Explorers Past Newsletter's
Kiwi Explorers Early Education Centre and Little Kiwi Explorers are open Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 5.30pm. We cater for children from 3 months to 5 years.
Little Kiwi Explorers
Aged from 3 months to 2-2 1/2 years.
Aged from 2 - 3 1/2 years.
Aged 3 -5 years
All fees, terms and conditions are available in our enrolment pack.
Holidays and absences
Please remember to contact the centre if your child is going to be absent for any reason.
If you notify the centre 1 hour before your child's booked start time you will be entitled to half fees for the day.
If you do not notify the centre you will be charged full fees for the absence.
All holidays are charged at the full rate to retain your child's place.
Please contact the centre if your child will be on holiday.
Signing in and collecting children
Please ensure you sign the day sheet both on arrival and before departure.
If you are running late it is important that you ring and let a teacher know.
Only people on the enrolment form are able to pick your child up. Please let a teacher know if someone different is dropping off or collecting your child.
Parent information and involvement
We have an open door policy at Kiwi Explorers. Parents and whanau are welcome at any time.
Each child has a profile book which documents their learning and development.
Parents are kept well informed through conversations with staff, parent notice boards and regular newsletters.
Notices are put in your parent pocket or emailed.
Please feel free to ask our teachers if you have any questions or would like any other information.
Bags and belongings
Please name your child's bag on the outside, this helps the teachers keep your child's belongings in the correct place.
Please ensure all your children's clothes are clearly named, this helps the teachers return them to the correct families and helps eliminate lost property.
Please make sure the spare clothing is weather appropriate.
We encourage parents to keep all children's personal toys at home. We do not accept responsibility for lost or broken toys.
What to bring
A named bag containing:
Spare clothing - Learning and exploring can get messy. Therefore all children require at least 1 or 2 full changes of clothes each day.
Hats – all children are required to wear a sunhat when playing outside during the summer months. We encourage children to wear woolly hats outside on cold days.
Appropriate foot wear – children's footwear should fit properly. Children should wear footwear that allows them to play easily, walk comfortably and is easy for them to take off and put on themselves as they get older. We encourage gumboots and slippers over the winter months as children will be asked to take their shoes off while inside.
Food and drink
A lunch box containing a healthy variety of food for lunch. We do have pamphlets available which can give you some ideas of healthy lunchbox options.
A drink bottle containing water. We do have water and cups available for children to use if necessary.
We provide healthy snacks for morning and afternoon kai, so if you are concerned about the amount of food your child is eating from their lunch box please talk to a teacher from their room about this.
Food and nutrition
Kiwi Explorers have a healthy eating policy and the teachers can help you with ideas for nutritious food and drink choices for your child. A copy of this policy is available for you to read in the operations manual located by the sign in desk
It is important for the well-being of everyone at Kiwi Explorers that any unwell child is kept at home (refer Illness and Infectious Diseases policy).
Cots and mattresses are available for children who require a sleep. Each child will have an individual set of linen, provided by Kiwi Explorers.
At Kiwi Explorers we have three developmentally appropriate areas for children, the under two centre Little Explorers, Junior Explorers our toddler/pre-school area, and our transition to school room the Early Explorers.
Each area has its very own programme running day to day, weekly and termly. Each programme fosters skills and focuses on the interests of the children attending in that area at any given time. Please take time to look at the programme boards to see what the children are interested in and working on developmentally.
Preparation for school - early literacy and numeracy
We aim to support young learners on their pathway to literacy and numeracy success and overall transition into a school environment.
Kiwi Explorers Philosophy
We believe that when teachers nurture children's interests with warmth and caring, both adults and children grow and learn together. At Kiwi Explorers we provide a stimulating and safe environment that promotes challenges. We provide an environment which stimulates child initiated activities with uninterrupted periods of play alongside teachers acting as resources themselves, facilitating and scaffolding children's endeavours.
We incorporate our four guiding principles:
Our curriculum builds on developing the child by providing an environment where children have the opportunity to "create and act on their own ideas, develop knowledge and skills in areas that interest them and, increasingly, to make decisions and judgements on matters that relate to them. (TeWhāriki, 2017. pg. 18).
"A holistic approach sees the child as a person who wants to learn and the task as a meaningful whole" (TeWhāriki, 2017, pg 18). We consider how the child's current learning focus "relates to and connects with other aspects of learning, how it builds on the strengths (Te Whāriki, 2017, pg. 19) and take into consideration the role of family and whānau in their child's learning journey
Family and community
We foster children's well-being by supporting families, respecting their culture, knowledge and community and aiming to build strong connections and consistency among all aspects of the child's world.
At Kiwi Explorers we work to establish high quality relationships. Teachers are open in communication, engaging active listening skills and building a shared understanding between children, whanau, colleagues and communities through positive, responsive, reciprocal and respectful interactions.