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OUR CENTRE

Meals
Our Teachers
Room Activities
Routine

You will be welcomed into a light, bright and cheerful setting, where every consideration has been taken to create an attractive, safe and stimulating environment. The centre has three fully equipped outside play areas that provide opportunities to strengthen the emerging physical skills of younger children and challenges to increase the confidence and ability of those who are older.

We promote the development of active and confident learners who think, question, seek information and apply knowledge to the best of their ability.

Meals
Our qualifed in house Chef Chris provides all of our meals.  Our four weekly menu has been approved by the Healthy Heart Foundation.   Meal information will be written up in the Day Book which can be found in each room.  Meal times are relaxed social occasions with an emphasis on healthy eating and good manners. 


Heart Foundation charity website

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Our Teachers
Our staff are selected for their knowledge of early childhood, their expertise in providing appropriate educational programmes, their compassion for children and their philosophy of education and early childhood development.

Professional development is a priority at our Centre and we encourage our teachers to continue upgrading their qualifications. Six monthly self review sessions are programmed so that staff can reflect on their own performance as well as the programme they plan and implement for the children in their care.

The benchmark qualification for Early Childhood Teachers in New Zealand is the Diploma of Teaching (ECE) or the equivalent Bachelors Degree. All teacher qualifications are displayed in the reception area of our Centre.

All teachers undergo police vetting and health clearance process and are required to hold a current first aid certificate.

All qualified teachers are expected to maintain current Teacher Registration. Registration ensures that teachers go on to participate in professional development throughout their careers and that satisfactory teaching and knowledge standards are maintained.

Our teachers and other authorised staff members will be identifiable by a uniform of black tee-shirt, black pants and name badge.

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Room Activities

All our rooms have age appropriate activities: Below are some of the activities children can engage in during the day.

     
     
     
     

Routine

No two days are ever exactly the same. However, the day usually begins with special activities set up by the staff. The timetable of the day's activities is built around:

9.30am Morning tea
11.45am Lunch
12.30 - 2.00pm Rest time
2.45pm Afternoon tea

Toileting and Hand washing - Routine times are encouraged regularly throughout the day to encourage good habits and independence.

Daily Routine - This is an example of a daily routine that may happen at Leapfrogs.

7.15am Staff on early shift arrive and set up the Centre.
7.30am Children and parents are greeted as they arrive and information sharing takes place.

Free Play - Children choose what they would like to do with adults supporting them to achieve worthwhile learning outcomes.
9.30am Morning Tea 
10.30am Free Play/older children group time
11.30am Toddlers and Pre-school tidy up their morning activities. Children are encouraged to help with this task.
11.45pm Lunch
12.30 pm Preschool children have a quiet time. Some younger children may sleep or rest and others have quiet activities during this time.
2.00pm Free Play/Mat time
2.45pm Afternoon tea.
3.30pm Free play, packing and tidying up, preparing for the next day and preparing the children for home.
5.00pm Staff tidy up and prepare activities for the following day.