OUR CHILDCARE CENTRES ARE DEEP-ROOTED IN THE COMMUNITY THEY ARE LOCATED WITHIN, OFFERING QUALITY CHILDCARE AND EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN AGED 0-5 YEARS. WE MAKE LEARNING AN ADVENTURE FOR EVERY AGE AND STAGE OF YOUR CHILD’S GROWTH.
Our early childhood curriculum is woven on the principles of Te Whariki. We encourage children to develop to their full potential through hands-on experiences with the support of our qualified early childhood educators.
The programme is developed keeping in mind the broad development parameters of each group. This is then individualised to suit your child’s needs, and sprinkled with each of our centres’ unique localised offering. But, it is always about having fun! Your child will enjoy the process of gaining knowledge and an understanding of the world around them, enabling them to make good choices in life.
OUR BABIES ROOM
(0 to 2 years)
At this delicate and early stage of their life, infants require observant adults who will respond to their needs calmly, treat them gently, and understand and respect their special routines.
Our early childhood educators provide a loving and nurturing environment to every baby – it is like a home away from home for them. Supporting the babies’ physical development,which at this age is tremendous, is the focus at this stage along with assisting in emotional,social and language development.
Leaving your baby in anyone’s care at this age is tough for every parent. This is made harder by the fear of missing out on your baby’s mile stones – the first step, the first word… Our educators capture these special moments and share them with you, so you don’t feel left out.
Even though your infant may not be independently mobile we ensure that there are numerous opportunities throughout the day for him or her to experience a variety of setting. Curiosity is a motivator for physical activity so playthings are available in the nursery section of all centres which encourage pushing and pulling, twisting and turning with minimal adult assistance. We provide babies’ with support and encouragement, freedom of movement to practice and perfect their skill at their own pace. Yet they are supported and supervised through their journey of discovery. Our role as caregivers is to recognise their individual needs and support them their choices and guide them to new and exciting experiences.
The stimulating environment for the babies is combined with the right proportion of calm, as is equally important for children at this age.
At All About Children Childcare, we acknowledge every child as an individual and this can be seen within our very exciting and empowering early childhood education programme.
(2 to around 3 years)
Toddlers’ needs are not too dissimilar from the needs of infants. However, they are muchvmore capable and independent – ready to explore and eager to discover. Our role as educators at this stage is to encourage their discovery and support their independence, carefully combining it with assistance when they need it.
Physically they are still developing and gaining many self-help skills. We support this development with carefully planned activities based around their interests. Language is another key development mile stone for this age, and the activities at our early learning centres have a strong focus to support this.
This is also a stage for conflicting emotional feelings. One minute your toddler child may feel like they can do everything; the next minute they may dissolve into tears. It takes experience and specialised individual attention to care for a toddler and their varying needs. With a low teacher to children ratio at our childcares, we are well placed to provide this care.
Some say this is a tough age group. But at All About Children, we love the challenges this rewarding age group presents.
HEADING TO SCHOOL
(Around 3 to 5 years)
At around 3 or 3½ years of age, your child is moved to the preschool room of the All About Children centre they are enrolled in. This move is only made when your child is ready for it.This stage of early childhood education is all about self-help – getting them ready to transition to school.
A day in the life of your pre-school child at All About Children childcares is full of promise and prospect. Intertwined with play is a need to encourage self-help, ensuring your child eats, drinks, uses the toilet and has a sleep if required. With this age group we also focus a lot on positive attitudes, developing social skills and self-esteem.
Preparation for school and formal learning is a key focus of the preschool programme (a part of the early childhood education curriculum). We want our children to be competent and confident learners, healthy in mind body and soul. At our centre, we support this by providing a challenging and stimulating environment for every child. All facilities have been carefully crafted to help children succeed.
All About Children is also proud to run a comprehensive transition to school programme as part of the preschool programme. Based on the early childhood education curriculum, this programme has been designed to support children and their families when starting school.
Transition to School Programme
In reality, this programme begins at birth. Self-help skills, self-control and communication form vital pillars of this programme. These do not just begin when your child starts attending the Transition to School Programme. They kick in from birth. Our role as educators is to nurture these from that day forward. Your child must go through this before they can read or write. And this forms the foundation of our Transition to School Programme. It is these skills that we focus on at our early learning centre to ensure they get the most out of their learning and are ready for formal training at school.
The components of our Transition to School Programme that is an integral part of the early childhood education curriculum at All About Children are:
Foundation skills for learning. Teachers at the school would like your child to be able to ask questions, sit still, pay attention, carry out small individual tasks like opening their school bag, etc. These skills are foremost on this programme.