Active Learners Early Childhood Centre believes in offering the highest standard of education and care. We view children as active learners who are capable of directing their own learning alongside innovative teachers.
We view parents/whanau as first teachers and provide an inclusive environment that encourages parents/whanau involvement. We have an open door policy where parents/whanau are welcomed and encouraged to participate in their child’s learning.
Our environment is set up to foster children’s natural curiosity. We provide meaningful learning experiences which build on childrens’ interests and capture their thoughts and ideas.
Our practices reflect the bi-cultural nature of Te Whariki, the early childhood curriculum. Our aim is to create an environment where we develop a foundation and love for learning which will continue through the childrens’ lives.
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Active Learners is dedicated to encouraging curious lifelong learners who are full of wonder and questions. We nurture children and empower them to be resilient, capable, confident and competent learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body, and spirit, and secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society.
We ask that any child who is unwell be kept at home so illness does not spread through the centre. The staff may at his/her discretion refuse to accept any child deemed unwell enough to attend the centre. We do not have the specialist staff or the space for sick children. Children with severe coughs or colds, vomiting, diarrhoea, conjunctivitis, rashes or raised temperatures cannot be brought into the centre. If symptoms develop during the day the parent will be contacted to arrange for the immediate collection of their child.
Centre policies on safety precautions are continually reinforced by staff and children. Such practices include:
~ The storage of chemicals in locked cupboards
~ Checking the safety of sandpits and outdoor equipment
~ Children’s awareness of personal safety, i.e. not throwing equipment, walking inside.
~ There is always someone trained in first aid on site; first aid certificates are renewed every two years.
In case of an unforeseen emergency situation every effort will be made to contact parents to collect their child. The centre is fitted with safety devices that are maintained regularly. Regular fire drills are necessary for regulation purposes.
If you are present at a fire drill, you are required by law to participate. Emergency evacuation plans are displayed in the centre. Staff are familiar with evacuation procedures and policies. Parents and visitors to the centre will be asked to make themselves familiar with the evacuation plan and where hoses and first aid equipment are to be found. Every effort will be made to make evacuation procedures enjoyable rather than stressful events for the children. Regular emergency procedures give the children an opportunity to become familiar with the routine and planned evacuation.
Sleep and rest
All children are offered the opportunity to have a special time to relax or rest during the day; it enables them to gather their thoughts and strength for the rest of the day. It is our policy that if a child falls asleep, they are in need of a rest and will not be woken unless parents have requested otherwise. Some children may not need sleep, but quiet activities will be available for selection.
Routine toileting times are provided before meals and naps to encourage good habits and independence in children who are ready. During toilet training, staff will endeavour to support efforts made at home. Please feel free to discuss any special needs with staff. Please make sure you send plenty of changes of clothes during this time, as a few accidents are unavoidable.
Parents must supply sufficient nappies for their child’s day (this may vary from 4 to 8) as the centre keeps only a limited emergency supply on hand. All nappies must be disposable.
We recognise that for safety in a vehicle your child needs to be restrained in a standards approved car seat. This is required by law. If different vehicles are to be used to transport your child to and from the centre, you can bring the car seat inside to be stored.
Hours of operation
The centre is open from 7.30 am – 5.30 pm Monday to Friday. We will be closed on all public holidays. We ask for your co-operation in dropping off and collecting children within our operating hours. If at any time you have an emergency and are going to be delayed, please contact the centre. Staff can then allay your child’s concerns and make plans for their own commitments. A late fee may apply if your child is left at the centre after closing time.
What to bring each day
- Enough nappies for the day
- Milk or milk powder – enough for the day
- Complete spare set of clothes and extra singlets
- Items the baby is attached to i.e. dummy, teddy bear, etc.
- Sunhat / warm waterproof outside clothes in winter
- Nappies if still needed
- Complete change of clothes (more when toilet training)
- Special items for sleep i.e. cuddly, doll etc.
- Sunhat / warm waterproof outside clothes in winter
Food and Drink
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are provided by parents. We are a nut free centre and we ask parents to adhere to this by not adding any products containing nuts to your child's lunch box. We have the facility to heat up items for children’s lunches but ask that parents don’t supply food that required cooking such as unmade pasta snacks etc.
Active Learners Early Childhood Centre provides a child centred programme based on our understandings of our tamariki, their needs, and interests. We endeavour to work in partnership with parents and whanau to involve them in our programme as much as possible.
Each age group has specific teachers responsible for overseeing their learning programme. Tamariki spend time with their age peers in the wharenui to work on learning inquiry projects.
Routine times such as these provide children with a sense of stability. Outside of the wharenui there are many opportunities for spontaneous play of which indoor, outdoor, group, and individual experiences are all integral.
20 Hours ECE
Our centre offers the 20 hours ECE subsidy which is provided by the Ministry of Education to all three and four year old children. To be eligible you must complete an Attestation form which confirms your attendance and that you are not attending another early childhood centre at the same time as you have applied for funding at our centre. If you change your enrolment hours you must complete another form. You may apply for this subsidy from more than one centre, but you must indicate this on your form. You may apply for the 20 hours ECE subsidy and receive money from Work and Income, but we recommend that you discuss this with your case worker.
Fees and Payments
A fee schedule is available on request from the centre. We offer the government 20 hours ECE scheme for children aged three to five years old.
We are also registered with Work and Income New Zealand and you may be able to receive a WINZ subsidy for some of your childcare fees.
We ask that accounts are kept current to ensure you child’s continued space at the centre. You can locate your invoice in your child’s pocket in the foyer. Alternatively we can email an invoice to you.
Toys and other treasures from home
We have chosen a wide range of developmentally appropriate equipment and toys for our centre. It would be appreciated if parents can explain to their children that the toys at the centre are for everyone to share and that they cannot be taken home. It would be appreciated if your child could be dissuaded from bringing in toys. Cuddly or security toys are welcome but need to be clearly named. If you have any tapes/CDs that you would like to have played during rest time, please bring them in and we will be happy to play them for your child.
All clothing, shoes, cuddlies and bags must be clearly named. Play and exploration can often be wet or messy so it advised that children are dressed in old or play clothes and a spare change be packed every day. In winter, rain attire and gumboots are essential. In summer, sunhats are to be provided for outdoor play and we recommend you apply sun block to your child before the start of every day.
Open door policy and parent involvement
We encourage parents and whanau to be actively involved in the centre. We welcome visits from family members at any stage.
Parents and whanau are encouraged to share in their child’s learning at the centre. Throughout the year we hold parent teacher interviews where the staff and whanau share information and progress reports about your child's learning.
The teachers create profile books for the children, and families are encouraged to add to these. Entries could include answering a teacher's question, sharing a story or anecdote, drawing a picture or adding photos. We love getting whanau input, as do the children.
Orientation and settling your child into care.
We ask that children visit the centre prior to attending. We ensure that at least one staff member greets the child and creates a relationship with the family and the child. Discussions about your child’s development, behaviour, sleeping and eating requirements are held at the enrolment interview.
Parents are encouraged to stay with their child to settle him or her into the centre, and to demonstrate that they feel happy and comfortable with their child's environment. Children are welcome to bring their own (named) 'cuddly' or blanket or special toy from home during this settling period.
We enjoy visits from grandparents, siblings and friends once your child has settled.