Our childcare is equipped with the right resources and programs to ensure your child is receiving the best care possible. Indoors, we have an arts and craft area, puzzle table, a family play area, library corner, playdough/clay table, natural resource corner, and space for block/Lego building. Resources and spaces are rotated with our monthly planning cycle. We also have an amazing outdoor area, a large sandpit, a plum tree, playground, gardens, obstacle course, carpentry table, art easel, water play area, and basketball hoop. We have a large shed located outside which stores all of our outdoor resources.
We have a separate under 2's crawling area with plenty of sensory and exploratory resources which are on low shelves for the infants and toddlers to reach themselves, a book corner, natural resources and nice sheep skins to sit on. Located inside is a couch suitable for bottle feeding and parents who are breastfeeding. They also have their own outdoor playground including a sandpit, climbing courses, bikes, rocking horses, and water/messy play trough. On the deck there is a table with special chairs designed so infants and toddlers cannot fall, where they have their kai (food). We provide cooked meals every day for lunch, have mat-times, sleep times, and transition to school times. At Koru, we love our free play and messy play, water play, and exploring with natural resources. We teach our children self help skills and encourage independence and Kaitiakitanga - guarding our taonga and natural resources by ensuring we take care of our grounds and resources with respect. Each child attending Koru will receive their own portfolio with learning stories each month, along with online StoryPark updates.
We also provide a Transition to School program with our four year olds, in their own little "school room".
The Education Review Office has a shift in focus from “the child being ready for school, to the need for the school to be ready for the child” - this means that all children learn at their own pace and in their own way so it's important not to pressure children into the transitioning process too early.
When early childhood services and schools live this quote, children and young people’s learning, social, physical and cultural needs are met and the learning they have achieved in one part of the system transfers to and is built on in the next. When this doesn’t happen well, children’s learning is interrupted and their progress and achievement is affected.
When a child turns 5, the New Entrant classes have certain expectations for each child. We work with our children throughout the day and in our Transition Room to work on these things, which are:
Mathematics (eg, Naming shapes, colours, size, counting up to 10)
Social skills (eg, Making friends, follow rules, be able to focus)
Writing/Reading (eg, Knows how to hold a book, recognize their own name, recognize letters, hold a pencil correctly, tracing, matching words)
Oral literacy (eg, Can listen, follow instructions, can talk confidently in front of others, recognize rhyming words)
Physical skills (eg, Can use scissors, has a preferred writing hand, skip, jump, and hop)
Along with this, we have visits to local primary schools and sometimes they visit us. We work together with parents and whanau during this process which will hugely benefit your child.