Our kaiako (teachers) are a cohesive team of passionate and caring people, who have been selected based on their experience within the Early Childhood Education field, their professional knowledge of teaching and nurturing young children and their philosophy of education and knowledge of child development.
We value professional development, and encourage our team to participate in a variety of courses, in order to grow and keep up to date with new developments in the educational field. Staff are trained in First Aid and CPR alongside their Early Childhood Teaching qualifications.
At Little Einsteins, happy and content staff are as important as happy children. We work at keeping our staff for long periods to ensure stability for the children and a consistent learning environment.
We are committed to follow the aspirations of the New Zealand National ECE Curiculum, Te Whāriki,
“For children to grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society”.
Te Whāriki envisages kaiako in early learning settings working in partnership with parents, whānau and community to realise this vision. The expectation is that, in their early years, children will experience a curriculum that empowers them as lifelong learners.
Te Whāriki supports this work by providing a framework of principles and strands. The principles are the foundations of curriculum decision making and a guide for every aspect of pedagogy and practice. The strands are 5 areas of learning and development, where the focus is on supporting children to develop the capabilities they need as confident and competent learners. Each setting takes these principles and strands and, in partnership with parents and whānau, uses them to ‘weave’ a curriculum whāriki that is specifically designed for their children.
We, the Little Einsteins family of Teachers, Children and their families believe:
That our families entrust to us their most precious taonga.
- We holistically care for the children given to us – their minds, bodies and souls.
- We facilitate authentic, trusting, reciprocal relationships with children and their families.
- We provide plentiful natural resources, beautiful spaces, excellent teacher to child ratios and appropriate group sizes.
- We ensure that children spend quality time with us by providing exciting opportunities to be immersed in self-driven learning and exploration, enjoying
teachers with sound pedagogy as resources for their development.
- We acknowledge that our children get the most out of our programmes and environment when their families are welcomed in, and the curriculum centres around the whānau unit.
- We maintain an open door policy, with many and varied invitations to our cultural events for whānau and friends to join us – to spend time and share kai.
We have four separate areas, where children are appropriately placed into similar learning and social groups. Ruma Kiwi, our infant area, is our wee nest for our littlest learners from three months to 2 years. Ruma Tui is a wonderfully large, but homely space for our younger toddlers from 2 to 3 years. Ruma Pukeko is for our intermediate group aged 3.5 – 5 years. In Ruma Kereru, we have a dedicated ‘transition to school class’, for those who choose to take part in it, with a primary focus, becoming school ready, for children from 4 to 6 years old. Although this class functions with an emphasis on providing links to learning in school settings, it is hugely involved in community learning, including frequent school visits, weekly visits to our ‘forest’ in Te Miro to spend the day in raw nature, paddock preschool days, and many other adventures!
0 – 2 years
We provide a nurturing and caring ‘home away from home’ environment in Ruma Kiwi to ensure that our littlest ones feel safe and secure in their own space, as they begin to explore and discover the world around them. The teachers in Ruma Kiwi are specialised and expert infants teachers, and work solely with child cues, knowing your baby, and listening to what they need and when they need it.
Ruma Tui provides plenty of space for our curious Toddlers within a homely setting and intimate small group size. We support childhood learning with a curriculum that is developmentally appropriate and supportive of all children during this age of discovery and wonder.
3 – 6 years
Ruma Pukeko offers our older children plenty of space and opportunities throughout the day to develop more sophisticated social skills and increased physical and cognitive challenge.
Teachers work alongside the children to set up an environment which is challenging, provides curiosity and active exploration.
Ruma Kereru provides an introduction to school culture, whilst remaining a play based environment.
We introduce sustainable habits and practices to our children by encouraging them to reduce, reuse and recycle. We also keep worm farms and grow our own veges in our very own Centre garden.
Using Storypark significantly reduces the amount of paper used for forms and newsletters.
We use local suppliers and partners where possible, supporting the sustainability of businesses in our community.
We believe every little bit helps to ensure sustainability for our precious future generations!
Connecting Children with Nature
The natural world is a giant, open-ended learning laboratory. Children are innate scientists and love to experience the sights, scents, sounds, and textures of the outdoor environment. At Little Einsteins, we are always looking for learning opportunities that embrace nature. Through free play, children spontaneously connect with nature right here in our own playground and outdoor environment. For example, children are often busy building masterpieces with dirt or sand, searching for twigs and sticks, watching worms wriggle through the soil, gazing at clouds, jumping in puddles, or listening to the birds sing. Our toddlers and pre-schoolers thrive on using their imagination as they become explorers in their own environment, doing this means they are encouraged to investigate and learn names of animals, insects, plants, and their purposes on our earth. We love seeing the children learn to care for their centre environment, their community, and the great big world we live in!
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We understand that your child’s education & care is a priority and that choosing the right centre can be a big decision. We would be delighted to share in your child’s learning journey. Feel welcome to contact us in whichever way is most convenient for you, or visit our centre and meet our Teaching Team!