Kia Ora and Welcome to Kids Count Pukekohe
Here at Kids Count Pukekohe we endeavour to ensure that our connections between whanāu and the wider community are meaningful ones that continue throughout each child’s individual learning journey and beyond.
Whānau korero is a huge part of our recruitment, retention and engagement which provides children and their families with a sense of belonging -mana whenua. This also provides our Kaiako opportunities to build responsive and reciprocal relationships to ensure that each child’s learning and development, future happiness and success leads to an exciting learning journey that began here at Kids Count Pukekohe.
We are a large centre that has four learning rooms. These rooms and outdoor environments are divided into 0-3 years and 3-6 years age groups. Overall, we cater for children aged 0 – 6years. Our centre License is for 150 children and is broken down into 30 under 2 children and 120 overs.
We offer an inclusive curriculum for all age groups and are delighted to be able to offer our children a large natural environment that resembles natural park like grounds with real grass, beautiful trees for shade, bike tracks, sensory gardens, and paths.
We have a small, fenced farm with chickens, Nigerian dwarf goats and sheep. Here our tamāriki experience a hands-on learning curriculum, alongside Kaiako they learn to engage, care and love the animals daily. The opportunity for the children at Kids Count to have daily interactions with animals is extremely valuable. The therapeutic potential of these relationships is immense, especially for our children who are struggling with relationships.
We also have an indoor heated swimming pool that allows tamāriki to learn about water safety and gain confidence in and around water with free swimming lessons for the older children.
The tamāriki create their own magic as they explore, engage, and become leaders of their learning environment.
Here at Kids Count Pukekohe we strongly believe in Te Whariki’s vision “that children are competent and confident learners and communications, healthy in mind body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge, they make a valued contribution to society” and that every child has the right to reach their full potential
He taonga te mokopuna, kia whāngaia, kia tipu, kia rea. A child is a treasure, to be nurtured, to grow, to flourish.
Purerehua is our Pēpē Ruma
For ages 0 – 2 years
Our babies are encouraged and supported to reach their individual developmental stages and milestones. Developing their fine and gross motor skills, verbal and non-verbal communication skills. Social and cultural contexts and characteristics are also observed in a safe nurturing learning environment.
Kaiako are also encouraged to support the development of tamāriki by providing new and familiar experiences for exploration and challenge. Both the curriculum and routine of the Purerehua room is flexible and unhurried catering for the needs of the children first.
For ages 2 to 3 years
Our tamāriki are encouraged and guided by teachers to develop and expand their areas of growth. As the tamāriki continue to grow and develop a greater awareness of themselves as learners in the Kahikatea room, relationships, exploration and communication are represented throughout this learning environment.
Kaiako are encouraged to support the tamāriki in each growth aspects such as toileting, recognition of numbers, letters, colours, shapes as well as their communication and creativity skills. Embracing their social and emotional development, self-regulation, self-awareness and emotional intelligence through play opportunities, trying out new ideas and using their imaginations as they explore and experiencing new challenges physically, mentally and holistically.
For ages 3 to 4 years
Kaiako are encouraged to actively respond to the development of knowledge, skills, strengths, interests, dispositions, and needs of the tamāriki that support lifelong learning, and at times providing them with additional support. The children are developing social skills that support them to establish and maintain friendships and participate reciprocally in whanaungatanga relationships, they are developing working theories, problem solving strategies, perseverance and determination and are curious about the world around them.
Many of our tamāriki in this age group are competent bilingual or multicultural speakers, they are strong in their identity, language and culture, the children’s personalities shine throughout this environment as they too are encouraged to be leaders of their environment and do so with such pride and confidence.
For ages 4 years and older
Tamāriki have the ability to explore the transition to school aspect within their early childhood setting to grow into successful learners who will grow as competent confident learners on their lifelong journey of exploration.
Kaikao support each child with their social competency skills and managing self-skills to become confident learners by supporting them to think clearly and solve problems, to have the confidence to ask questions and expand their knowledge as they use skills in their learning environment. Kaikao provide experiences that introduce children to early concepts of maths, science, art, reading and other curriculum areas. Tamāriki learn not just basic numeracy and literacy, but the learning happens through play, following each child’s individual interests and extending their ideas and thinking. Numeracy and literacy becomes a part of everything we do and our children develop an interest and passion for learning.
We have incorporated the primary school curriculum that focuses on pathways to school and Kura. Incorporating a holistic view of the children’s development that encompasses the attributes that complete the child; te tinana, te hinengaro, te wairua and te whatumanawa these are woven into the Kaiarataki Ruma. It’s well known that children who start school feeling confident and capable are better placed to have learning success for life. We want that for each of our tamāriki attending Kids Count Pukekohe.
When tamāriki are due to go off to school, our centre family support person ensures that we celebrate their achievements with us and plans a graduation for all whānau to attend. Every child has the right to reach their full potential and what better way to support that, than to send them off on to their next learning journey with a great Graduation Party.
What parents are saying ...
Now things are beginning to become surreal, it was just a tad emotional for me knowing that my boys will be commencing a new chapter in their journey of life. I just cannot express how grateful I am to all you wonderful staff at Kids Count Pukekohe. I'm sooh sooh gonna miss this place for it has been apart of our lives for 5yrs and a bit so not only have you all been educators for my boys you are all like our whanau. Ngā mihi mahana Kia koutou Katoa ngā kaiako me nga kaiawhina Kaimahi hoki
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