Our teachers are wonderful and amazing people, who have been selected based on their experience within the Early Childhood 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.
Community, Culture & Celebration
Parents love the rich sense of community at Happy Feet Childcare, and our curriculum reflects our philosophy for strong relationships.
We absolutely love coming together with our tamariki, whānau and community to strengthen our relationships with one another.
Culture is also so important at Happy Feet as it helps us all to learn and respect others and to have a better understanding other cultures beliefs.
We have also built strong relationships with our local school and have had school visits from the kapahaka groups who have enjoyed sharing their dancing in our centre.
We enjoy regular celebrations and value partnerships between whānau/parents to help extend on the teacher’s knowledge of culture as well as the children.
Sometimes these celebrations are planned around cultural significance e.g. Samoan White Sunday, Indian Diwali, Maori Matariki and sometimes they are ‘just because’. We encourage parents/whānau to be involved wherever they can, for example; Our recent Matariki night saw us come together for shared kai, where families contributed vegetables and talents for flax weaving and joining in Matariki activities with the children.
Through including culture in our everyday practice, children are encouraged to learn more about their own as well as others culture. We feel that this gives the children, parents and staff a sense of belonging and helps them to feel valued and supported in our 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 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 outdoors.
Whether it’s growing vegetables, creating a masterpiece with dirt, twigs and sand, watch worms wriggle through the soil, gazing at clouds, jumping in puddles, listening to birds sing, smelling fresh-cut grass and collecting seeds – any outdoor learning experience is always a positive one!
We are proud to offer all of the above opportunities through our very own natural outdoor environment right here at our Centre – some KEY benefits to spending time outside include: Increasing involvement in physical activity, enhancing cognitive abilities, creativity and imaginative play. It also supports problem solving, improves self confidence, promotes advanced motor development including fitness, co-ordination and agility.
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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!