In the Juniors Room, we cater for up to 30 tamariki from birth to 3 years old. We have a free flow feeling for the children in the centre with the environment being designed to help keep the non walkers in a quiet space, while still allowing them to be included in the day to day activities and experiences in the centre. We understand that infants are totally dependent on others; therefore we provide a predictable, secure and calm environment for their growth and development.
Our centre is inspired by the Pikler and RIE theories and our approach emphasises treating tamariki with respect. We aim to provide a peaceful environment for the child that is physically safe, cognitively challenging and emotionally nurturing. We believe that all children accomplish milestones in their own way, in their own time. Our environment is set up so that children can explore the world in their own way. We provide them with experiences that are open for them to interpret and interact with in a way that their imagination determines. This promotes their individual interests and supports their learning.
In our Juniors room, we promote tamariki to develop a sense of trust through responsive, calm and reassuring relationships with their kaiako which makes them feel safe and secure in their environment. In turn, this provides the opportunity for the kaiako to be in tune with the child’s everyday needs. We provide open communication between whānau and we feel we have strong reciprocal relationships where parents feel confident leaving their child in our care.
The tamariki are encouraged to try new experiences and take risks. They are offered the chance to test their own abilities and practice their independence within the safe and supportive environment that the centre provides for them. They gain confidence in their own ability to take on new challenges, secure in the knowledge that the kaiako are there if they need an extra bit of support.
Our Juniors room children are exposed to different resources and play spaces; this allows them to explore inside and outside and heighten their sense of awareness of the environment. Children are given opportunities foe quiet time, sensory experiences, including fresh air and also time to watch or join in. Children in our care are made to feel safe and secure which also enables them to make independent choices.
“Readiness is when they do it.”
– Magda Gerber
We spend a lot of time outdoors, utilising the grass and natural setting in our backyard to help the tamariki to develop their skills and care for the world we live in. They are guided to explore the natural world, both within the centre and outside as we do small group outings to explore the neighbourhood. The tamariki also help to care for the natural world through our garden and have helped to plant the trees, bushes and plants growing in our backyard.