Biggles Childcare - Glen Eden
5 months up to 2.5 years
Favourable ratios of adults to infants – 1 adult to 3 children is considered ideal for the provision of high quality infant care. In New Zealand, the legal minimum ratio is 1:5, and this is the ratio which many centres maintain.
Biggles has chosen to maintain a 1 : 3 ratio in the Cub House. This ratio, significantly better than that which is required by law, makes it possible for us to be well-attuned to the children’s needs, spend quality time with individual children, and provide the extra care that each child needs on occasion. Environments which facilitate low levels of stress. Such environments are associated with healthy brain development, and feature soothing adults, responsive attuned care, and a calm atmosphere.
At Biggles we achieve a low-stress environment by being mindfully ‘tuned in’ to our babies at all times, and gentle in our interactions with them. We work with relatively small group sizes – no more than 12 children, and generally not more than 6 engaging in any particular activity at one time. We adopt the sleeping and feeding routines of home, keeping pace with changes as children grow and develop. Staff turnover is low, and the children become very familiar and comfortable with our cohesive and happy Cub House team. We espouse Magda Gerber’s philosophy of self-initiated learning experiences, safe, nurturing, cognitively challenging environments, and time for uninterrupted play.
2.5 years to 5 years
Our preschool room provides a child-centred developmental programme for all our children. We base our programme around our observations of our children, following their interests and discoveries. Our programme follows Te Whariki, the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum written by the Ministry of Education. We incorporate the guiding principles of Te Whariki into all our teaching, which supports independence, group and individual learning experiences. We provide a range of indoor and outdoor activities each day. We use a collaborative approach, encouraging teachers, children, and families/whanau to share knowledge and discovery, where children are encouraged to discover who they are, so they can express their own opinions and nurture their own ideas.
The 4 year olds enjoy the preshoolers programme an extension program providing extra curriculum activities designed to further extend their education and knowledge, so they are ready for school.