You, the parents/whanau are welcome at The Little Castle, your child’s early childhood centre at all times. Make yourselves at home.
During your child’s time at The Little Castle we maintain both a hard copy and online portfolio on his/her progress. These are available for your perusal and your input at any time and become your property when your child leaves us, hopefully for school.
Our teaching team meets regularly to discuss individual children and plan our education programme according to their strengths and interests. Our emergent learning programmes are often displayed in the main rooms.
Upstairs – Infants and Toddlers Area three months to two years
Infants and toddlers live according to their own rhythms and patterns. The TLC team strives to meet the needs of all children and will alter the programme for individual needs accordingly.
We operate a primary caregiver system that ensures that every child has a Key Teacher and that each parent has a primary contact. It is easier for a child to get to know and build strong relationships with one new person, rather than several and Bowlby’s “Attachment Theory” suggests that baby’s brain development is enhanced when cared for by the same loving people. We believe that relationships with both the parent’s as well as their child is equally important. The Key Teacher’s relationship with the child and parent begins on the child’s very first day or, if possible, during settling in visits. The Key Teacher will nurture her assigned children during nappy changing, giving bottles, feeding and putting to and getting up from sleep.
Each child will have a secondary caregiver, who works with the child’s Key Teacher making sure that all children are respectfully nurtured at all times and especially when the Key Teacher is absent.
While at centre The Key Teacher does not own any child; all teachers have responsibility for all children and the collective responsibility for maintaining the learning environment. The Little Castle strives to maintain staff stability to ensure calm, loving environment for our little children.
Downstairs – two to five year olds
We offer a curriculum that focuses on fostering the learning and development of each child based on the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum “Te Whaariki”. Te Whaariki clearly acknowledges that the relationships and the environment that children experience have a direct impact on their learning and development. We have a number of copies on hand at the centre, which you are welcome to borrow at any time.