To be recognized by the wider community as a trusted and preferred provider of Early Childhood Care and Education.
The Management of Childhood Concepts Early Learning Centre Ltd is committed to excellence in care and education by providing a professional environment with supportive nurturing teachers where all children are cherished. Management believes that teachers, children, parents/whanau and the community are an integral part of the centre.
We, the teachers and management, believe that children need to:
- Have a safe environment
- Feel nurtured and secure within the centre environment
- Develop confidence and a healthy self esteem
- Have teachers that are committed to Te Tiriti õ Waitangi and the uniqueness of Aotearoa New Zealand as well as seeing their own families and cultures reflected in the centre
- Have their families welcomed in all aspects of centre life; children benefit from a strong partnership between teachers and parents/whanau
- To be supported as active participants in their own learning
- Have opportunities to be involved in active, physical play and be provided with good models of healthy eating
- Be respected as individuals and treated equitably
- Have teachers work as a team, set consistent boundaries and provide good role models of pro-social behaviour
- Have teachers that are strong advocates for children
The teaching team has been carefully selected to ensure quality care and education is provided within our centres. Childhood Concepts believes that the teachers need to be passionate about delivering quality practice and show genuine care for the well being of all children. The teachers enjoy lighthearted humour with the children and are encouraged to have fun with them; this makes for a happy and relaxed atmosphere for all to enjoy.
Childhood Concepts provides a safe and warm environment in which the children are encouraged to be active learners and are able to exercise choice at all times. The teachers provide a developmentally appropriate curriculum for the children; this supports and extends their interests. We believe that each child is unique and therefore each child has an individual programme for steady growth, development and learning. Observation notes, photos and art are collected for all children. Written individual profiles are on-going and are available to parents on a regular basis. Progress reports are completed approximately six monthly and parents are invited to attend parent/teacher interviews at this time, or any other time should they require. What a child learns at Childhood Concepts will lay a foundation for what a child will need to know and use in later life.
The daily programme will focus on all areas of the curriculum. This covers language, basic Maori and other languages and cultures as well as mathematics, technology, science, the arts, health and physical well being. Within these areas of learning, different varieties of play will be displayed. These could be exploratory, creative, dramatic and fantasy play, constructive, manipulative or physically active play.
Rest And Sleep Times
The centres offer full sleep and rest facilities for children. We have separate under two sleep rooms with cots. Children are able to maintain their own sleep patterns and routines and we have teachers available throughout the day to monitor children sleeping. Older children who only require a mid day sleep, are settled on individually named beds with their own sheets and blanket. Others who do not require a sleep will have a quiet rest for a period of half an hour and then move on to participate in small group play and the transition to school programme.
Childhood Concepts believe in a positive attitude towards food and encourages healthy eating habits. We offer a hot nutritious meal and snacks each day, catering for all individual needs.
Childhood Concepts has a policy and procedure regarding unwell children. As we respect and protect all children in our care, we insist that unwell children remain away from their centre, as infections spread easily amongst young children and can become a serious health risk. If you feel that your child is not well enough to play outside, or still requires Pamol/Panadol during their recovery after an illness, then they are probably still not well enough to return to their centre and we ask that you keep them at home until fully recovered. Under the Early Childhood Regulations Act we have the right to insist on removal of an unwell child.
Whether you are returning to the workforce or joining us from another centre, the change can be overwhelming. We want to make this time as easy as possible for both the parent and child. Childhood Concepts offer a settling in time that is convenient to you, at no charge. We encourage you to join us for a couple of hours and relax and enjoy our environment with your child, plus getting to know and to feel comfortable with our teachers and centre. We prefer to fit in with your individual needs, but if you require help we do have guidelines on settling in, that you can follow, just ask.