Our Learning Environment
We create an environment that nurtures creativity in children.
Infants and toddlers:
Our practices are focused on caring for and respecting infants and toddlers. This is aimed at trusting the child to be an initiator, an explorer, and a self-learner.
Infants typically set their own routines and rhythms. We aim, to the best of our abilities, to maintain routines that are consistent to home. We provide a rich, safe, unhurried and challenging learning environment that encompasses a wide range of curriculum areas including story time, music time, messy play, visual arts, dance, pretend play, sensory play, sand play, and water play for the children to engage in, explore, and learn with in their own unique way at their own pace.
Our preschool areas are set out with resources that challenge every child’s ability and interests. It promotes the independence of children and encourages them to develop individually and in group settings.
We continually evaluate and adapt our environment based on our observations of how children are learning and interacting within the environment. Any modifications to our spaces are focused on children’s best interest. In addition we believe in building strong relationships with parents. As such, we define ourselves learning from each other and from our children too (AKO – the sense of reciprocal learning).
Our approach is focused on observing the interests of children while also incorporating strands of TeWhāriki.
Our teachers will encourage children to think for themselves, make their own decisions and work towards their own solutions. Our children will be encouraged to celebrate each other’s uniqueness, culture and strengths.
Our centre is inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach and encourages child-centred developmental programmes. Our practise is founded on the guiding principles of TeWhāriki, the early childhood curriculum of New Zealand.
Our approach is based on observing children on a regular basis, evaluating their interests and planning experiences from these observations. This drives tailored individual development.
We acknowledge that early childhood education facilitates the development of confidence, independence, and an interest in learning for our children.
Indoor and outdoor experiences are an integral part of our day-to-day experiences.
Play is central to children’s development as it provides opportunities for both structured and spontaneous experiences.
Our emphasis on maintaining a home-like environment creates an atmosphere that is warm, accepting and welcoming to both children and their families.
Educa andLearning Journals
Parents want to know what their children are doing in real time.
All parents want to witness any special moments, or achievements a child has. Through Educa this is possible in real time. And importantly, we are respecting the privacy of every individual child as this medium is highly secure with viewing happening just between the parents and the centre.
We want to constantly maintain connections between the home and the centre. Writing a child’s learning journey and sharing this with parents is very important as it builds a collaborative relationship. Your feedback supports our teachers to personalise your child’s learning program. Children also love re-visiting their past learning experiences by looking at their learning journals.
Food and Nutrition
We strongly believe in building strong connections with food as it is a vital part of every child’s growth. At Neemo Childcare food is at the core of all our rituals. We support our children to make these connections from a very young age.
At Neemo Childcare we take pride in freshly prepared meals on-site. We are confident that our food contributes to healthy growth and satisfaction in a child.