7:45 Centre opens.
7:45 - 9:00 Akonga are settled in and information is shared between Whanau and centre.
7:45 - 9:30 Free play learning
9:30 - 9:45 Non-compulsory welcome group time (sometimes the younger children will start kai during this time)
9:45 - 9:50 Hand Washing
9:50 - 10:15 Morning Kai
10:15 - 11:45 Free play learning
10:30 - 11:30 Nappy check/change
11:45-12:00 Non-compulsory group time
12:00 - 12:30 Lunchtime
12:30 - 14:30 Free play learning
14:00 - 14:30 Nappy check change
14:30 - 14:40 Non-compulsory group time
14:40 - 14:55 Kai time
14:55 - 17:30 Free play learning
15:45 Nappy check/change
16:15 Late afternoon snack
17:30 Centre closes
Located on the wall in the Centre are the children’s ketes. Every child/family has one with their name on it. The ketes are a way of sending your child’s artwork home or communication from the Centre, so please try to check your child’s kete on a regular basis.
Feel free to include yoghurts and food to heat in your child’s lunchbox as we have the facilities to cater for both. Simply place the food items, with your child’s name on (pens available), in the trays provided on the food trolley in the kitchen. Both trays are put in the fridge between meal times. If your child has any special dietary requirements please let us know.
We ask that an extra set of clothing is provided in your child’s bag please. A number of occasions do arise which could require a change in clothes. The dirty/wet clothing will be sent home in a plastic bag in your child’s bag. We ask that all clothing is clearly named so that it can be returned to its rightful owner.
Healthy Food and Nutrition Policy
We aim to provide an eating environment which encourages and supports children in developing and understanding healthy eating habits and encourage parents to provide healthy lunches. We received our Rito level of the Healthy Heart award in 2015. Due to severe allergies, we are a Nut-Free centre. We also encourage the children to bring a drink bottle filled with water which they will have access to all day.
Bedding & Sleep Checks
Your child, if requires a sleep while at the Centre, is assigned a set of sheets at the start of the week and will use these throughout the week and washed on Friday.
While your child is sleeping the teachers will check them every 5 minutes, if they are under 2yrs old, or every 10 minutes if they are 2yrs or over. If a child is unsettled or needs emotional support, a
teacher will stay with them in the room. An alarm is set upon a child being put to bed and they are checked every time the buzzer sounds, with teachers initialling the sleep chart every time a check is made. The time your child is first put into bed, the time that they fall asleep, and the time they wake up is recorded daily and available for you to check at pick up. This is available outside the sleeping room.
Nappies & Frequency of Changes
We ask parents to provide enough nappies for the day if your child requires them. You are welcome to store a pack of named nappies at the Centre. If your child starts to run low a note will be left on the sign-in sheet beside your child’s name. The Centre does have a few nappies on hand in case a child runs out, however, if the Centre’s supply needs to be used for your child, then this will be reimbursed when you replenish your child’s supply.
Children’s nappies are checked and changed on numerous occasions throughout the day. If a child is being put to bed they will be checked and changed, before they are put down and checked and changed when they wake.
For children who do not normally sleep at the Centre, they will be checked and changed after morning tea and after lunch. Of course, any child who requires a change of nappy that differs to the normal checking times will be attended to promptly. The time your child is checked and changed is recorded daily and available for you to check on a chart beside the nappy change bench at pick up.
“Children are viewed as capable, competent learners. They: confidently make their needs and wants known, play very well with and alongside each other, are encouraged to be independent.”