Our Team

Our kaiako (teachers) are wonderful and amazing people, who have been selected based on their experience within the Early Childhood Education field, their professional knowledge of teaching and nurturing young children and their philosophy of education and knowledge of child development.

We value professional development, and encourage our team to participate in a variety of courses, in order to grow and keep up to date with new developments in the educational field.

At Redwood Kids, happy and content staff are as important as happy children. We work at keeping our staff for long periods to ensure stability for the children and a consistent learning environment.

Curriculum

We are committed to follow the aspirations of the New Zealand National ECE Curiculum, Te Whāriki,

“For children to grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society”.

Te Whāriki envisages kaiako in early learning settings working in partnership with parents, whānau and community to realise this vision. The expectation is that, in their early years, children will experience a curriculum that empowers them as lifelong learners.

Te Whāriki supports this work by providing a framework of principles and strands. The principles are the foundations of curriculum decision making and a guide for every aspect of pedagogy and practice. The strands are 5 areas of learning and development, where the focus is on supporting children to develop the capabilities they need as confident and competent learners. Each setting takes these principles and strands and, in partnership with parents and whānau, uses them to ‘weave’ a curriculum whāriki that is specifically designed for their children.

Philosophy

Redwood Kids supports the holistic development of our tamariki where their social, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being is nurtured. Kaiako build meaningful, respectful relationships with children and their whānau.  Our responsibility is to support our tamariki to be strong in their own cultural connections whilst honouring the learning valued by their whānau.

Our natural learning environment allows tamariki to connect with Papatuanuku (the natural world) and gives tamariki the freedom to explore and have fun.  Kaiako nurture love, kindness, curiosity and wonder to empower tamariki on their life long learning journey.

Our Rooms

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Nursery

0 – 2 years

In our Nursery, we provide a nurturing and caring ‘home away from home’ environment to ensure that our littlest ones feel safe and secure in their own space, as they begin to explore and discover the world around them.

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Preschool

3 – 5 years

Our spacious Preschool Room offers our older children opportunities throughout the day for children to be involved in contributing to the curriculum helping to make decisions about what is set up, and sharing their ideas. Teachers work alongside the children to set up an environment which is challenging, provides curiosity and active exploration.

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We understand that your child’s education & care is a priority and that choosing the right centre can be a big decision. We would be delighted to share in your child’s learning journey. Feel welcome to contact us in whichever way is most convenient for you, or visit our centre and meet our Teaching Team!