UPSTAIRS at 225 Great South Rd, Otahuhu, AKL
Hours of Operation:
7.30am – 5.pm weekdays
Kids Connect's Philosophy
Mā te ahurei o te tamaiti e ārahi i ā tatou mahi. – Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work.
This proverb is our guiding light which motivates us to enable young children under 5 years 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 Aotearoa New Zealand’s multi-cultural society.
We trust that our Tamariki instilled a love of learning that will continue throughout their lives by the time they leave Kids Connect.
We believe with the support of our teachers, play is the most important mode of learning. Your Tamariki come with their own potential, gifts, and talents - unique in their own way. We support and further strengthen their interests by recognising their abilities and trust that everyone is born to self-educate. Semi-structured activities and our play based curriculum instill an inquiry focused approach in your Tamariki which will help them to problem solve, share, make decisions and explore the world around them.
Our centre offers a safe, calm and loving place to be, where your children can grow and develop their early independence.
Our highly qualified and experienced teachers are the key to delivering a reciprocal and responsive, nurturing, meaningful and empowering learning environment which provides rich opportunities and challenges to extend Tamariki’s worldview through inquiry.
Our curriculum is based on Te Whariki – the New Zealand Early Childhood Education Curriculum. As we set out to educate and care for each child, our curriculum provides infants, toddlers and young children with wonderful experiences that focus on the following principles:
Empowerment. Our early childhood curriculum empowers the child to learn and grow
Holistic Development. Our early childhood curriculum reflects the holistic way children learn and grow
Family and Community. The wider world of family and community is an integral part of early childhood curriculum
Relationships. Children learn through responsive and reciprocal relationships with people, places and things
Through the guidance of qualified and experience educators, these principles are woven into place with the following strands:
Well-being. The health and well-being of the child are protected and nurtured
Belonging. Children and their families feel a sense of belonging
Contribution. Opportunities for learning are equitable and each child’s contribution is valued.
Communication. The languages and symbols of children’s own and other cultures are promoted and protected
Exploration. The child learns through active exploration of the environment
Infants (3 - 12 months + 12 - 24months)
Our goal for this age grouping is to nurture independence in a completely supervised environment through lots of love and attention. We have two spaces; one dedicated to younger infants who are not yet walking, and the other for our older babies who are a bit more independent.
It is important that babies receive 100% of our attention and therefore our staff to child ratios at this level are higher than the required standard of 1:5. It is a calm and peaceful environment where we nurture dependent babies and infants to discover a new and exciting world. We also endeavour to work in close partnerships with parents, as we care for their babies.
Toddlers (24 months-3.5 years)
Our goal for this age grouping is to extend independence and develop skills that encourage and support toddlers to communicate and develop social competence. Teachers are patient, caring for and encourage toddlers as they encounter challenges and sometimes frustrations relating to their fast-developing minds and bodies.
Young Children (3.5 years-5 years)
Our goal for Preschoolers is to support independence, develop individual potential and encourage social competence at a higher level in preparation for school and life. This is achieved through a wide range of activities that vary from day to day, providing lots of opportunities for children to develop intellectually, socially, attitudinally, spiritually, and physically – in a fun, safe environment.
We acknowledge the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and embrace our communities’ cultural diversity with open hearts. Our Kaiako represent the various cultures of our local community and are committed to work towards building cultural awareness, increasing te reo maori and celebrating all ethnic diverse languages and cultures while respecting unique beliefs.
Creativity & Assessment
We believe each child has a creative side and therefore provide lots of opportunities for children to develop creative talents and potential in every aspect of their development.
Each child’s development is monitored closely and collected in a variety of ways thorough assessment strategies. A popular method is through a portfolio – this is put together by teachers and documents how each child learns over the year. Opportunities are provided for parent to meet with teachers to view and discuss their portfolios – we welcome any feedback from parents concerning their child’s learning.
Portfolio stories are also on our online portal through Educa, with parents permission.