About Us

Our Rooms at Little Coasties

 

Nursery | 0-2 Years

The kaiako in our Babies room believe; all children are unique individuals. Our role as educators is to support and provide each child with the tools for their learning journey throughout their early years. It is during the first couple of years that the foundations are laid for children to become capable and confident learners.

Our teachers strive to work alongside children as co-researchers, to empower them as young individuals with valid and valued ideas, provide a safe and respectful environment where they can test their own working theories with and alongside their peers and to promote a sense of wellbeing and belonging. We endeavour to follow a primary care system where your child will naturally choose their own special teacher who from the beginning will form a secure attachment and meet their needs throughout the day, while engaging with the rest of the Little Coasties community.

Toddlers | 2-3 Years

As Toddler kaiako, we believe in providing a fun, safe and nurturing learning environment. Our tamariki have opportunities to make choices, take risks and engage in a wide range of play, both inside and outside. We give opportunities for our tamariki to be independent, gain self help skills, in a supportive and encouraging environment.

Our experiences foster and encourage each individual childs well being and interests.

Preschool | 3-5 Years

As Preschool Kaiako we encourage, support and nurture all our tamariki to become confident and competent learners. We provide an environment where respectful and reciprocal relationships are the foundation of our Preshool community.

We work alongside and collaborate with whanau to strengthen our connections, celebrate children’s achievements and uniqueness. We believe our curriculum empowers tamariki to explore, develop, have fun, and foster their love of learning. We provide learning opportunities through play that support children’s holistic development and readiness for school.

Our Team

At Little Coasties we have a close team of nurturing and passionate Educators, who have been selected based on their experience within the Early Childhood Education field, their professional knowledge of teaching and nurturing young children and their philosophy of education and knowledge of child development.

We value professional development, and encourage our team to participate in a variety of courses, in order to grow and keep up to date with new developments in the educational field.

At Little Coasties, happy and content staff are as important as happy children. We work at keeping our staff for long periods to ensure stability for the children and a consistent learning environment.

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Curriculum

We are committed to follow the aspirations of the New Zealand National ECE Curiculum, Te Whāriki,

“For children to grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society”.

Te Whāriki envisages kaiako in early learning settings working in partnership with parents, whānau and community to realise this vision. The expectation is that, in their early years, children will experience a curriculum that empowers them as lifelong learners.

Te Whāriki supports this work by providing a framework of principles and strands. The principles are the foundations of curriculum decision making and a guide for every aspect of pedagogy and practice. The strands are 5 areas of learning and development, where the focus is on supporting children to develop the capabilities they need as confident and competent learners. Each setting takes these principles and strands and, in partnership with parents and whānau, uses them to ‘weave’ a curriculum whāriki that is specifically designed for their children.

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Philosophy

At Little Coasties, our teachers are committed to providing a rich curriculum inside of an engaging physical environment that provides children with opportunities to learn physically, socially and emotionally.

Through establishing strong relationships with important adults in a child’s life we can create a holistic approach to their individual learning journey that will eventually carry them through life.

Connection, communication and contribution are our priorities. We work proactively alongside the children, whānau and support networks inside our community. We do this by recognising and responding to the needs of each child’s whānau (Family Health), Tinana (Physical Health), Hinengaro (Mental Health) and Wairua (Spiritual Health), only then can we create a path to success and achievement.

We are committed to consistently evolving our practice and create opportunities to share our knowledge with others.

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We understand that your child’s education & care is a priority and that choosing the right centre can be a big decision. We would be delighted to share in your child’s learning journey. Feel welcome to contact us in whichever way is most convenient for you, or visit our centre and meet our Teaching Team!