Ahokoa te iti o te kakano, he pounamu, katahi ka tipu ake – Although it is small, it is a treasure and it will grow.

The homely environment is an exceptional place for your baby to thrive. The large, grassed, outdoor area is wonderful for exploration and nothing is better than a walk to the train station or the farm with our little ones. “Going outdoors in nature is the most information rich and stimulating environment children will encounter’” Stephen Kellore

The impact of relationships (ngā honga) in a child’s life is tremendous. At Kidstown, and in our Kea nest, we practice primary caregiving with a key caregiver. We believe that a child’s learning occurs when they have formed strong, responsive, reciprocal relationships and secure attachments, so building strong relationships with our tamariki, their parents and whānau forms the heart of our teaching practice. 

A well-established practice of unhurried and calm care routines for feeding, sleeping and nappy changing, also further cement those relationships, respect and an environment where our babies feel safe, secure and at a home away from home. At Kidstown we place an emphasis on a child’s oral language development, consistently responding to the children and extending their language even when a child’s response is a simple one. We are constantly talking about what they and the other children are doing. This type of talking exposes children to language in general, involves them in learning conversation skills, and helps children acquire and use vocabulary that is important in their everyday lives. Their well-being is strengthened through encouragement to feed themselves. This empowers them; giving them a sense of satisfaction and knowing they are competent and capable. Children are encouraged to discover how their body moves, in their own time. Together we celebrate their milestone successes!

Belonging | Children know they belong and have a sense of connection to others and the environment  Mana whenua | Children’s relationship to Papatūānuku is based on whakapapa, respect and aroha.

A child’s sense of belonging (mana whenua) and wellbeing (mana atua) is supported when their emotional well-being is nurtured and they know that they have a place. 

Well-being | Children have a sense of well-being and resilience. Mana atua | Children understand their own mana atuatanga – uniqueness and spiritual connectedness