"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". Nelson Mandela
Creative Minds Childcare Centre provides a very personal approach to your child's early childhood education, with internationally acclaimed programs and philosophies at its core. Our experience tells us that there's no 'one size fits all' approach, so we've created a program all of our own that is flexible and adaptable to the needs of your child as they grow and develop.
Ours is an inviting and engaging environment where children are able to explore, play and learn simultaneously. We provide structured learning alongside opportunities for self-expression and free play.
Te Whäriki is used as the foundation for our learning environment. The program framework emphasises the learning partnership between teachers, parents and whanau. Teachers create curriculum in response to the child's learning and development in the early childhood setting and the wider child's world. Through this program, it is our goal to help children prepare for future learning environments.
Infants and Toddlers
Babies have specific needs of their own. In our centre, we personalise your baby’s care and routines so your baby benefits when you are involved and we provide individualised care. We provide regular, uninterrupted and unhurried time for your baby to explore and learn. This reduces stress on children and that benefits their social, emotional and brain development.
Toddlers are learning to explore the world around them. Their bodies are developing, along with their emerging personalities. They need to be challenged physically and socially in an environment that is loving, nurturing and safe.
Our programmes for toddlers are built on a philosophy of ‘play and learn with a purpose’. A variety of activities are planned for each day, such as dressing up, painting, working with play dough, building blocks and so on.
Children are given an individual programme to ensure they are encouraged to achieve various milestones. Our facility is bright, spacious and open planned with plenty of exciting equipment and resources to keep lively toddlers captivated.
Transition To School Program
We recognise that being ready for school is an important part of their transition to school to enable your child for the next phase of their learning and development.
Our transition to school program is derived from "You can do it program" recommended from the Ministry of Education and it includes:
Resilience: the ability to calm yourself, and control your behaviour, within 10 minutes of being very upset, without any adult-initiated guidance and support.
Organisation: the ability to listen carefully to instructions, begin your task without excessive delay, take care of your own things and take care of yourself by keeping clean and tidy.
Confidence: believing in yourself that if you attempt to do something, you will be able to, for example, believe you can make friends; believe that at school, you’ll be safe and happy; not being afraid to tell people what you think; not being afraid to say what you want to do; not being afraid to make mistakes.
Getting Along: treating others with respect and being honest, fair and caring; working and playing well with others; solving disagreements peacefully, following the rules and looking after your environment.
Persistence: keep working at something that you find difficult, and keep trying even when it feels as if it is too hard for you to do, don’t give up - even if you’re tired.
Foundational Skills: inclusive of dance, music, drama, visual arts, literacy, numeracy, science, technology and social skills
Family and whānau aspirations for their children
At Creative Minds Childcare, we firmly believe that parents and other whānau members have important knowledge about tamariki strengths and aspirations. They are likely to have discussed their own goals and aspirations for the tamariki and to have clear ideas about their possible future within and beyond the whānau. We provide the special environment and create individual planning which gives them regular opportunity to become confident and competent 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. A shared understanding between the student, their whānau, their teachers, and other team members illuminates a clear pathway forward.