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 role and contribution of the word “Respect” in children’s lives. This concept of Respect is being researched across all Bright Beginnings Centres, as we believe that “Respect” underpins all aspects of our lives and leads into diverse learning possibilities for children and teachers alike.
During our journey of discovering the many layers of Respect in our lives, we will also discover the pathway of mindfulness with our children.
Manuka Room : We have recently introduced Primary care giving and are exploring our pathways with Respectful care with our wee ones.
Kowhai Room : The toddlers are taking their journey in the direction of respectful language. Teachers are co researchers with the children as they explore how they can respect the personal rights and dignity of fellow beings. They are using respect as the glue that helps them hold together relationships and supports them in making through the challenges of life.
Pohutukawa room: The young preschoolers are currently investigating on ways of respecting our environment, through management of the valuable resources that the earth provides us with. During this journey they will investigate conservation , recycling and sustainability.
Kauri Room: Evolving their understanding of the word Respect and discovering its different dimensions in our lives: that is the journey our Preschoolers are embarking on. They are currently asking themselves: What do we know about Respect? Its a simple question but has so many layers of understanding to it.
1 March 2019: Butterfly Creek Centre Trip
18 – 22 March 2019: Parent/Teacher Interviews