We are a non-profit organisation that puts community and relationships first.

All profits go into the education and care of our tamariki.

We operate on lower ratios than the Ministry of Education recommends.
It is our belief that through lower ratios teachers are able to develop warm, caring, reciprocal and supportive relationships with all our tamariki and their whānau.

THE CENTRE

The centre consists of an under 2 area and over 2 areas, with the over 2 indoor learning environment divided into two rooms, the Kiwi room and the Moa room.
Each room is led by a Qualified Team Leader with teams of teachers that are dedicated to making you and your child’s experience with us the best it can be. We believe in building the foundations for life-long learning.

THE NURSERY

The Tui room (the Nursery) is licensed for 20 children, aged 3 months to 2 years old with a minimum Teacher/child ratio of 1:4.

We have a Key Teaching philosophy focused around relationships, and a warm, inviting transition process consisting of 6 visits, where Key Teachers work with you and your child individually.

THE PRESCHOOL

The Preschool is licensed for 50 children with a Teacher/child ratio of 1:8.

The transition process consists of at least 3 visits. The Kiwi room is equipped for children aged 2 – 4 years old with a focus on enhancing individual strengths, relationships, and fun.

The Moa room is equipped for children aged 3 to 6 years olds with a focus on autonomy, learning through play, and social skills.

We understand that leaving your child in the care of others can be a scary and nervous process for many, and is often your first time doing so.

Teachers are trained and experienced in making this transition as easy as possible for all concerned. Your child’s Key Teacher will work with you throughout the transition process to learn all about your child and your family.

Education Review Report

All early childhood services are reviewed by the Education Review Office every three years. This ensures that we are providing quality education and care while meeting the regulations and requirements set out by the Ministry of Education. A copy of our most recent review is available in the bookcase in the foyer, and on the Education Review Office website.

Planning for Learning

At QPN we believe in teaching from the heart. Our environments are enriched with learning experiences based on children’s interests, strengths, and individual care needs.

Your child’s day will mostly consist of child-led experiences, with some teacher-led experiences incorporated into the learning environment. Our environments are set to promote curiosity, creativity, problem-solving, and wonder.

There are daily programmes within the rooms that guide us, however, do not restrict us. We place value in being flexible and allowing children as much uninterrupted playtime as possible and recognise that each individual child’s needs are different and adjust the environment and strategies accordingly. Our Teachers are skilled in building learning moments and curriculum into individual and group play.

We do have scheduled kai times in the day, as we believe this to be a time for coming together, giving thanks and enjoying one another’s company. However again, flexibility around this is always available to meet children’s needs. For children under the age of 2, we take the lead from you and endeavour to follow your routines from home.

We are guided by Te Whāriki, the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, our Centre Philosophy, and our Learning Priorities for children.

These Learning Priorities are: RELATIONSHIPS EMPOWERING CHOICES CHALLENGING MYSELF EXPRESSING MYSELF RESPONSIBILITY

Transitioning into the Centre

As relationships are at the forefront of our philosophy, it is important to us that we begin a partnership with you in regards to your child’s learning and well-being right from the start.

We are here for you to speak openly at any stage. Your child’s Key Teacher will keep you updated throughout the transition process to discuss progress and needs.

Upon enrolment, you will receive a Welcome Pack that consists of all information you need to know about enrolling with us. This also contains the contact details for management and Team leaders. Although the pack has all the necessary information, we understand that talking to someone is often far easier and thus welcomes your conversations. Please feel free to contact us anytime.

A good idea to help your child’s transition process is for you and your child to decide on a ‘good-bye routine’ prior to your child’s first day, notifying the teacher of your intentions and then carrying it through quietly and then departing. If you would like some suggestions, again please just speak with us on your first visit, we are more than happy to help.

If your child has a cuddly blanket or toy that they love, we wholeheartedly encourage you to bring this with your child. Having an item from home that helps your child feel safe here is like us adults having our phones with us when going on a long drive. Without your phone, you feel lost, and for children, without that item, they too feel lost. Security items like these are welcome at any age and stage throughout their time here with us at QPN.

During your transition visits, you will be shown all the information boards/areas within the rooms and how to utilise these.

In the TUI ROOM there are:

Parent Communication whiteboard
Nappy change chart
Key Teacher Windows- with sleep times
Meal & Bottle chart
Communication Pockets

In the KIWI ROOM there are:

Parent Communication whiteboard
Nappy change/Toilet chart
Sleep Chart
Communication Pockets

In the MOA ROOM there are:

Parent Communication whiteboard
Communication Pockets

Your best source of information is talking with the staff, however, we do ask that you check these at the end of each day to ensure you have all the relevant information that you need and make use of the Parent communication board to relay any important messages.