Biggles Childcare - Henderson
3 Months to 18 months
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 Kea room. This ratio, is significantly better than what it is required by regulation and makes it possible for us to be well-attuned to children’s needs and spend quality time with individual children and provide the extra care that each child needs. Environments which facilitate low levels of stress, responsive care and a calm atmosphere are associated with healthy brain development and generating soothing adults.
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 9 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.
18 months to 3 years
When your child attends our toddlers room you could expect to find a secure and loving environment that will help your child develop at their own pace. Children are further encouraged to develop their independence both with their learning and with their social and personal skills such as toileting.
Our daily routine includes both structured activities and time for free play indoor and outdoor. Our team of teachers take time to really get to know your child and their interests and develop a programme that suits them. If your child has moved up from the Kea room, their previous teachers would have already passed on useful information relating to your child.
You will be kept up to date with your child's achievements through our learning journals and diaries and of course, you are welcome to chat to our teachers at drop-off and pick-up times.
3 years to 5 years
Children in the preschool have a wide range of activities on offer
At Biggles, we are influenced by both the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy and RIE approach to childcare and in following this we work hard to observe children's interests and provide activities and experiences to extend their learning in those areas of interest.
Children in the preschool are offered a range of organised learning activities including:
- memory games
- music and drama
- games and puzzles
And time for spontaneous play and less structured activities including:
- water play
- messy play
- play dough
- outdoor play
Group activities happen at set times during the day and at other times children are free to choose what activities they would like to take part in. Positive social interactions such as turn taking, sharing and role modelling are encouraged and fostered.
The 4-year olds enjoy the preschoolers programme; an extension program providing extra curriculum activities designed to further extend their education and knowledge, so they are ready for school.