Te Pihinga – Infants and Toddlers (Up to approximately 2)

In our infant and toddler room we are licensed for up to 20 children, but we choose to have a maximum of 14 children each day. This means we have an amazing spacious area for our children to explore in.

We also believe that close relationships are fundamental in developing a sense of wellbeing, security and trust. We therefore have a primary care system, where your child will have their own “key teacher” who will be their initial main point of contact to help them settle into our centre. This will allow your child the ideal opportunity to gain a strong sense of belonging.

The key teacher will work alongside a support teacher and with the rest of the infant / toddler team to both meet your child’s individual needs and facilitate their learning. They will also co-ordinate a clear channel of communication between the centre and home. This allows us to always have consistent care, and strong relationships with the children and their families.

Our responsive caregiving practice means we work with your child’s individual needs and rhythms. These will obviously change as your child grows and develops and our teachers will discuss these changes with you. It is our priority to demonstrate respectful practices in all interactions with our infants and toddlers. We believe children have the right to be treated with love and understanding, caring and respect, within a safe, stimulating environment.

Food/Meals:

All our meals are prepared on site, and this allows us to cater to your children’s stages and tastes. It also means that if your child has any allergies, we can support their special diets if needed. Our kai times are a much loved part of our daily routines, giving us an opportunity to sit together with the children, sing songs, talk with them, and share a “family moment”.

We are also more than happy to support our parents that choose to breastfeed and an area is available for breastfeeding mothers to nurse their infants. We also provide cow’s milk for bottles throughout the day.

Sleeping:

We are committed to ensuring we mimic our infant’s home routines as best as we possibly can, and we have two separate sleep rooms that allow us to sleep children in line with their individual routines, and minimise disruptions from other children. Our sleep rooms are part of our inside rooms, and this means we can monitor very closely our sleeping children. Each child has their own cot and bedding, and the familiar routine helps our infants feels safe and content during sleep time.

Staffing:

In the babies room we staff with a minimum of 1 teacher to every 4 children. We aim to have as much consistency as possible in this room to afford the least disruption, ensuring a familiar and safe environment for our children.