Infants (6 to 18 Months) Programme
Our programme embraces the philosophy of respectful relationships with very young children. Working closely with your whānau is paramount, so your baby will have their own whānau support person who will focus on developing strong, trusting relationships with your baby and your whānau. Strong relationships with whānau and establishing a sense of belonging – whanaungatanga – ensure that we work in partnership for the child – haere kotui.
Our curriculum is based on the prime times of routines, attending to your baby’s individual needs in a respectful, calm and unhurried manner. Kaiako are qualified and have knowledge of best practice for infants and toddlers so individual children’s rhythms are respected and allowed for.
The large, outdoor environment allows for your baby to experience all the wonders of nature – the green grass, the trees, birds, butterflies, fresh air, in a safe and nurturing setting.
Toddlers (18 Months to 3 Years) Programme
Through the provision of a natural learning environment toddlers are encouraged and supported to extend their physical skills in a way that suits them using unstructured, open-ended resources. The toddler aged child will begin to become more independent and, by fostering in each child the belief that they are capable, kaiako will support them in learning to dress, toilet and feed themselves – Whakamana.
In the toddler programme tamariki will start taking responsibility for their belongings, and will be encouraged to play alongside their peers where they will develop social skills and begin to resolve their own conflicts and communicate their ideas and needs to others. Our toddlers will support each other in their learning – Tuākana-teina.
Your toddlers thinking skills and questioning abilities will be extended as qualified kaiako can provide meaningful and appropriate literacy and numeracy experiences. Toddlers will also begin to explore the wider community more often through excursions to other places.
Parents are valued as the child’s first educators and will be involved in decisions about their child’s learning and development.
Pre-School (3 to 5 Years) Programme
Our preschool programme may look like play, but play is work for tamariki. Our environment offers opportunities for tamariki to become independent learners, to develop competency in early literacy and numeracy while playing in all areas.
At Imagine tamariki will form meaningful relationships – hononga – with others and feel a sense of belonging – mana whenua. They will be encouraged and supported to become a valued member of their community. They will develop life-long learning skills and be confident, capable communicators.
Our outdoor play space allows for exploration – mana aotūroa – in a natural environment with established trees, vegetable and flower gardens, secret paths, worm farms, composting and more. Tamariki will develop a sense of respect and understanding for the natural environment and sustainability; they will learn to take risks and participate with increasing confidence.
We value the importance of partnership – haere kotui, bringing together all those who are important to the task – so you, as a parent, will be involved in decisions about your child’s learning.