Our purpose built childcare centre, which is located at 143 White Swan Road has been running for over a year now. The location is very strategic as it is easily approachable from Mt Roskill Hillsborough, Lynfield and Blockhouse Bay.
The early learning centre incorporates restoration of Turret House (Brooks House), which was on site since 1913. Turret House is now in the loving hands of the children of New Zealand.
The centre is licensed for 105 children, with a license for 25 children under two years of age and 80 children over 2 years of age. The children at the centre have the opportunity to spend time in the Manuka Room (0 to 2 years), Kowhai Room (2 to 3 years) Pohutakawa Room (3 to 4 years) and Kauri Room (4 to 5 years).
The teaching team is strongly inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach. Our centre environment is very unique and acts as the third teacher for the child. The educators encourage open-ended learning through provocations they provide within the centre environment. The identity of the capable and competent learner is visible throughout the centre. Strong relationships with children and their whanau are fostered and we actively work towards engaging with the community.
Projects are explored as vehicles of learning. These projects originate from children’s conversations, ongoing interests and open-ended provocations.
We welcome you into our beautiful learning space!!!
Feel free to call and speak with our friendly team to book a visit.
Current Learning Possibilities:
The teaching team, alongside the families and children are currently researching on the different aspect of “Relationship.” This concept of Relationship is being searched across all Bright Beginnings Centres, as we value maintaining positive relationship with our parents, children and our environment.
On the 24 March 2020, New Zealand went into National Lockdown due to the Covid-19 Worldwide Pandemic.
During the lockdown, the Kaiako were able to learn a new platform to continue their own professional learning while at home. We were continuously communicating with parents through phone conversations and weekly email with different learning links for the children including videos made by teachers, activity links, storybooks and mat time songs.It’s always our pleasure to receive photos of the children engaging in play at home and hearing lovely feedbacks from parents.
For us, keeping open communication has always played a vital role in maintaining and developing strong “relationship” with children, parents and the community.
Feedback from our parents:
We are in it together
Thank you Bright Beginning.
You are doing a wonderful job.
Feel connected in this lockdown.
Stay safe and take care.
Regards to all
Thanks a Guys for the all the support and stay safe.
And a big thank you for teaching the kids great hand hygiene – Ruby’s an awesome hand washer.
Another activity that has been a hit is the bear hunt nz (on Face book) where you can find bears in your neighbourhood in neighbours windows and put some in your window too.
Katrina (Ruby B)
Just wanted to say how wonderful all the info and communication has been from Bright Beginnings right from the outset of COVID unfolding, it is very much appreciated and of great comfort.
You are all such wonderful, caring people.
I am not sure if Michelle is picking up emails, but if she is please give her our best, she is such an incredible Lady and always been so good to our family. We miss you Michelle!
Wishing you and your families love and strength through this uncertain time and very much hope we can return to some sort of normal again soon so we can see all your smiling faces again and our daughter can return to the centre.
Take care and thank you for all you are doing, it just shows how much you care about all the kids and families.
You guys have been amazing through this time! – Kaydeen (Sarai)
Kyla-Rose misses you all a lot, especially Kia (Zakira) and Kika (Roshika) as she has named her favourite baby dolls after you and sleeps with Kia on a daily haha – Julia (Kyla-Rose)
Thanks a lot to the Bright Beginning Team as you are doing an amazing job. Sineen (Abdallah)
Aadi missing his daycare
He wanted to take picture when were on our evening walk – Shweta (Aadi)
My name is Parin and I am keeping my parents busy and happy.
I have learnt how to play with my digger, picking up capsicum from garden, going for walk, having breakfast with my family and I am also learning new words like mumma, socks, duck says quack quack, cracker and also wheels on the bus is my favourite rhyme.
I am also sending my some photos where I am playing with my scooter
Thank you for your emails everyday and beautiful recipes and day activities. Missing all my lovely teachers. Love you all hugs and kisses
Bateriwala Family – Be safe and Stay home (Parin)
Thank you so much for the wonderful resources and care you are showing our Tamariki and family during this difficult time. We really appreciate your efforts.
Here are some things we have been involved with, might be good ideas for other families.
Take care everyone
Sima, Mithun and Raaghav (Raaghav)
Good afternoon Michelle/ centre teachers,
Thank you for your emails and phone calls to verify Norah’s status during this lockdown.
Dear Bright Beginning teachers
Thank you for your email and support during lockdown period
She’s now much more interactive in communicating with adults, since she learns quite a lot words from us, she can also express her feeling rapidly, shes very fast in copying and imitating…
Nevertheless, she misses very much her friends and teachers, everytime we pass by car to the school center, she always name her friends and Meena’s name.
Hope to see you soon! Sandy (Norah)
Thank you for a lot of interesting ideas and useful information from BBELC during the lockdown period. Isaac is missing all of the teachers and eager to go back to the centre. Joy (Isaac)
Thank you for all the links and videos, they have been very helpful and we have been singing the mat time songs too Jay. – Jazz (Jay)
Thanks a lot to the Bright Beginning Team as you are doing an amazing job.Regards
Here are some of links that was shared during lockdown:
1 June 2020: Queens Birthday
20 June 2020: 15 July 2020: Matariki
30 July 2020: International Friendship Day
6 September 2020: Fathers Day
14 September 2020 – 20 September 2020: Maori Language Week
28 September 2020 – Loud Shirt Day
16 October 2020 – Pink Shirt Day
23 October 2020 – Centre’s Birthday
13 November 2020 – World Kindness Day
14 November 2020 – Diwali Celebration
December 2020 – Christmas Celebrations