Our Tui Room is a peaceful and predictable space where children are encouraged to explore and discover. Underpinned by the work of Dr Emmi Pikler and Magda Gerber, our Kaiako follow the RIE philosophy. We believe in respecting tamariki to be initiators of their own learning. Tui children learn through uninterrupted play, which fosters collaboration, imagination and challenges their physical and cognitive skills.
Our room is filled with passionate Kaiakoo who create loving rituals and routines to provide a home away from home in the Tui room. We build respectful and reciprocal partnerships with whanau, to create a holistic approach to children’s learning, and each day is directed by the children as we follow their unique routines.
We provide children with the opportunity to explore their worlds and become confident learners, with a strong sense of security and independence.
Within Kiwi Room we pride ourselves on creating a warm, calm and welcoming learning environment, where social, emotional, cultural and cognitive development is supported through play.
Inspired by the practices and philosophy of Dr Emmi Pikler and Magda Gerber, our Kiwi Kaiako weave these theories within our daily interactions by providing safe and secure opportunities for development.
Our passionate, multicultural Kaiako work cohesively alongside whanau to build loving relationships based on trust, respect and peaceful interactions with our tamariki. Laying the foundation for a love of learning, a passion for play, and an inquisitive nature towards life.
Within the Kea Room we provide a welcoming environment for our toddlers that creates a sense of curiosity and independence. Our room is filled with respect and Aroha, we are an inclusive teaching team that enjoy working closely alongside the families/whanau of our children. Our educators ensure each child feels a sense of belonging, by enabling our toddlers to be able to express their emotions both physically and emotionally.
We encourage our children to use self-help skills to gain independence so our tamariki gain confidence in themselves and within their daily learning environment. We are guided by the practices of Dr Emmi Pikler’s approach and engage with the values and beliefs of the Reggio approach. Combined, these influences greatly inspire our daily practices and educational programme. Through enriched learning experiences our tamariki can get creative and use their imagination through play.
In Weka Room each child is at the heart of everything we do. The early years of a child’s life is busy. We believe learning is happening all the time and is interwoven through all developmental domains. We believe there are infinite opportunities for children to learn through play, exploration, imagination, investigation and develop each child’s strengths, interests, skills, abilities and knowledge to extend their learning.
As a Kaiako, we ensure we provide a positive environment that will give children a sense of well-being and belonging.
We value cultural diversity, inclusiveness and emphasise the values of sustainability and being socially responsible which are the values we passionately believe our young children should understand and put into practice in their lives.
Within the Korora Room our Kaiako are inspired by the practices of Dr. Emmi Pikler and the philosophy of Reggio Emeila to ensure our interactions and relationships with children are respectful and predictable, and offer our tamariki the opportunities to reflect on and revisit their ideas and theories to gain new and deeper understandings.
We offer a child-led and play-based curriculum to empower our tamariki to learn and grow. Our programmes are designed to foster children’s natural curiosity, embrace their wonder, playfulness and love for learning in a safe and inspirational environment. We support children on their learning journey through careful observation, meaningful language and experiences, and open ended resources.
The Ruru room is a purpose built space for preschool children aged 4-5. We follow a structured daily routine that ensures our children will have the best possible start to primary school. Ruru tamariki are independent and have agency over their own learning. The professional and passionate team of teachers follow children’s current interests when planning activities inside and outside the classroom.
Our children are encouraged to be creative and express themselves in their own ways. We include group learning experiences in each part of our curriculum to help our children develop key social competency skills.
Our outdoor learning space fosters resilience, allowing children to safely take risks and challenge themselves physically. We are proud of our large playground area that is home to many group sport and exercise opportunities, we encourage children to experience success and failure, to cheer on their peers and to be proud of themselves and each other for trying. Each day, Ruru children are given leadership responsibilities including taking care of our vegetable garden, setting the table and preparing our kai. Older children are encouraged to help transition new peers into the Ruru room and teach them the expectations for playing and learning together safely.
We have a strong emphasis on getting our tamariki ready for school. Our teaching practices ensure that children are confident with self-help skills and are responsible for their belongings. Early literacy skills are a priority and through our Enrichment Programme children leave our centre ready for kura (school) with strong foundation skills in reading and writing. The Ruru team values connections within our community. We uphold strong relationships with local primary schools, including school visits to ensure our children have a smooth transition to school.
We believe that well-designed and generous playgrounds stimulate children’s play experience
The Campbells Bay Early Learning Centre outdoor environments are some of the best in NZ. We believe that well-designed and generous playgrounds stimulate the diversity of children’s play experience and contribute to their healthy development. All of our outdoor environments incorporate trees, shrubs, vines, flowers, grasses, edible fruits and vegetables—to connect children with nature and diversify their outdoor experience.
We source unqiue educational resources
We have spent a lot of time building a unique collection of the best toys and resources that come from all over the world. We focus on high quality wooden toys that use natural oils, dyes, and beeswax to add colour. There are also lots of natural materials, so the children can interact with wood, stone, metals, clay, textiles and plants on a daily basis.