Children’s best learning and memories take place in relationship with adults who matter and in nature. That’s why, at Kakapo Creek we have taken special care to maintain a constant, long term caregiver so that the child-teacher relationship is optimised. We’ve also designed an environment that is rich in nature including our native forest school.
Children spend time every day in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities, closely connected to teachers who know them and their family. Our teachers encourage a sense of wonder and delight in our children ensuring that their natural curiosity, joy and energy is nurtured.
We provide excellent teacher:child ratios above and beyond MOE requirements to ensure our teachers have time to build quality relationships with each child.
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Children’s best learning and memories take place outdoors in nature – nature is our second best teacher (parents of course are our first and best teacher). That’s why, at Kakapo Creek we have taken special care to design and maintain an environment that is rich in nature. Children spend time every day exploring and learning in our mini forest / bush. We have planted our gardens especially to enhance children’s knowledge and experience of NZ flora and fauna. So expect your child to come home explaining to you how to make fire from Mahoe and how you can eat Kawakawa. And yes, we even make huts in the bush and on special occasions, like Matariki, we light fires under close supervision.
At Kakapo Creek children are surrounded by nature both within the classrooms and without. Every room allows children to be connected to nature. Nature is like a learning medicine that ignites creativity, curiosity, discovery. Bugs, trees, flowers, leaves and our creeks eels, fish and ducks all create an interest in learning for a child. Every classroom has abundant fresh air, sunshine and natural timbers. We are generously resourced with the best learning and play equipment available. Children have access to both indoors and outdoors all day.
SPECIALIST ITINERANT TEACHERS
Meet Mr Eric. He’s one of our next door neighbours and a retired builder. He’s just one of our specialist itinerant teachers that visit to enhance children’s learning and development.
To provide an enriched learning environment we invite specialist teachers to come each week to extend our children’s experiences. A seasonal selection of specialists include, but are not limited to sport teachers, art teachers, retired builders, and music specialists. Children look forward to these sessions and engage in amazing, fun learning opportunities.
READING AND NUMERACY
We use a phonics reading program and an integrated numeracy program in teaching literacy and maths skills.
No child is forced to learn and teachers carefully watch for signs of interest in these concepts and encourage each individual child as they are ready.
Most learning takes place through incidental play and conversations, while our dedicated school readiness program works with children nearing school age.
Once a week Kakapo Creek Children are invited to go on an excursion to our Northern Campus – a day spent at our very own 1.2ha Nature School in Silverdale.
Here children explore our one acre bush, care for and learn about our animals – chickens, miniature farm animals, fish, and grow vegetables in our glass house and walled vegetable garden and pick organic fruit from our orchard.
Children will be able to roam and explore our native bush and roll down grassy hills. This one day a week nature school is in addition to our frequent exploration walks to the local playground and Mairangi Bay beach.
Note: our Northern Campus is only for children over the age of three.
FAMILY STYLED CLASSROOMS
Kakapo Creek has deliberately chosen mixed age, family styled classrooms for our two to six year olds in order to enhance and promote optimal social, emotional and academic development in children. Numerous scientifically validated studies support mixed age classrooms as preferable over classrooms with a narrow age group. This is more natural and promotes harmonious relationships between children and adults, while allowing the teacher to remain with the same child group for a child’s entire journey at Kakapo Creek. We realise that some parents will have misgivings or hesitancy around this practice as it is not common in many childcare settings. However, Kakapo Creek is dedicated to evidence based practice and this is one of many areas where evidence is strong.
The very best way to see if this model really works is to come and visit us. We invite you to book a tour to come and play at Kakapo Creek.
To read more about this we have provided some links to academic papers and articles:
To learn more about our learning program, book a tour to come and play at Kakapo Creek for a morning / afternoon to see if Kakapo Creek is what you are seeking for your child.
UNDER TWO YEARS
Because we understand the importance of a child’s first 1000 days children are placed with a key, consistent caregiver who will remain with them for their entire journey with us. Attachment relationships are vital to optimal development in children and having consistent nurturing care develops a sense of safety and trust – an emotional state vital for learning can occur.
Children are placed in a blended under two year old classroom that is the best fit for their unique personality and maturity levels. This means our classroom has children aged 0-2 (mostly over 1 year olds) and has opportunities during the day to mix with other classrooms for family times such as music and movement, sport, circle time, outdoor play. This provides our under twos with a perfect blend of specialist infant-toddler care and mixed age play where they can be in touch with their older siblings and learn from older children too.
Mixed age classrooms are shown to be far superior to the single aged classrooms that are what you will find in typical early childhood centres.
Don’t be afraid that your child will miss out on attention! Consistent caregivers means that the teachers grow to genuinely know you and your child over several years of relationship building. Being known is a key to feeling safe and loved. At Kakapo Creek our teachers genuinely know and love their key children and families because they spend so much time with them. The resources in our classrooms are carefully chosen to be safe for all ages and yet stimulating enough for a wide variety of interests.
We use constant caregivers so there is no jolting change on a child’s birthday. Research shows that this is best for children’s emotional and social development.
While we do accept children under the age of one, this is in exceptional circumstances. We prefer to enrol only children aged one and over for reasons of parental attachment and child wellbeing.
Children may be enrolled school hours or long day – see our enrolment options page.