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 maunga 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.
The teachers have a well-established practice of unhurried, calm for the care routines; feeding, sleeping and nappy changing, which are used to further cement the teacher child relationship. Teachers also build an environment where our babies feel safe, secure and at a home in their ‘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. 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!