Main Carer System
Each child has two main carers, who act as a first point of contact for children and their whānau, and foster connection between the child and the wider centre environment. This respects a child’s inherent need for a stable, predictable person to attach to and provides them with a stable base from which to explore.
Every moment of the day is an opportunity for learning, and care moments (such as nappy changes, meal times, and sleep times) are opportunities for us to communicate, reconnect, and encourage participation from our children. These moments emotionally ‘refuel’ children so they feel satisfied to return to independent play and learning.
Taking the time to know each child individually, see what they are capable of, and provide them with an environment that will foster their ongoing exploration of their world.
We trust that our children are competent and capable, and ensure that they are given opportunities to do things for themselves. We intervene as little as possible so that they may experience the sense of accomplishment from doing something on their own.
Social and Emotional Support
We acknowledge children’s emotions and support them to work through these emotions in an authentic way. We see conflict as an opportunity for learning, and we support children to develop the communication skills needed to resolve conflict in a safe way.
A Safe, Challenging, and Predictable Environment
Children are given freedom to explore and choose their own play, which empowers them to investigate what is important to them and fosters a lifelong love of learning.