Kindren’s Little Centre is all about children and their families feeling as though they are going to Grandma’s for the day. When you walk in, you are likely to smell good things from the kitchen hub, the teachers are gentle and nurturing, they love the children with genuine warmth and caring. The Little Centre provides educational resources and learning opportunities woven throughout the care routines of the day.
Our Little Centre is only licensed for 21 children, this means we have a small group and can implement primary care giving in a meaningful and sustainable way. Infants are settled into the nursery with two teachers who work opposite shifts each day, meaning one of them is always here. That leaves four teachers with whom children and their families can choose who they are most comfortable with to communicate and interact with.
Each child is cared for according to their own routine and whānau wishes and the teachers follow each child’s individual needs closely – children under 2 years old have a ‘notebook’ for parents and teachers to write in and keep each other up-to-date with all the little and big things that happen each day. At the Little Centre, all meals, bottles and nappies are provided as well as an excellent ‘above ministry standards’ ratio of 1 Teacher to every 3 children under 2 years old. The 2 year olds ratio is slightly higher at 1 Teacher to every 4 children as they are working hard to become more independent.
Our Kinderen Little Centre is different to other centres in so many ways—we truly are like an extension of your home e.g. If your child is slow to move in the mornings and would really rather have a cuddle than get dressed, bring them in their pjs and we will give them some breakfast and gently help them start their day, getting dressed, brushing hair and cleaning our teeth are all important parts of learning self-care skills that our teachers are ready and willing to help with. Having such a high teacher ratio enables us to spend those special times with children, making opportunities for building relationships and learning together. This also allows you to have a stress-free start to your day, meeting your child’s needs at home, then knowing they are so well cared for at Kinderen.
At Kinderen we believe completely that a child’s relationships and interactions with others shape cognitive, physical and emotional learning – and the first years of a child’s life are the MOST important for this foundational learning!
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