About Us

Our Team

Our teachers are wonderful and amazing people, who have been selected based on their experience within the Early Childhood Education field, their professional knowledge of teaching and nurturing young children and their philosophy of education and knowledge of child development. We value professional development, and encourage our team to participate in a variety of courses, in order to grow and keep up to date with new developments in the educational field.

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Vision

To be the childcare centre of choice through developing our staff, engaging with our community, and believing that children are the heart of the matter.

Mission

We enjoy learning together inspiring children, parents, and teachers in a quality space and place.

Values

Relationships, fun, creativity, and integrity.

Our Philosophy

At The CubbyHouse Napier Road, we take time to get to know each individual child, their families and whānau, providing a calm space for relationships to develop and deepen over time, and a place to ‘be’. Our responsive teaching ensures the language, identity and culture of akonga is acknowledged in everyday connections and practices.

Our teaching team are passionate about young children having the freedom to explore and make discoveries at their own pace, allowing them to learn and grow as individuals and members of the community. We believe in respectful practices that includes being ‘in tune’ and taking cues with each other in learning.

Our Rooms

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Infants

0 – 2 years

Children in our Bambino & Piccolino Rooms have a key teacher helping the child and their family transition into the centre, including settling visits before their first day. Their key teacher provides the child with all of their daily care and routines, closely mimicking those from home.

Children are offered a multitude of play activities within an environment that is setup specifically for children under the age of 2.

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Toddlers

2 – 3 years

Within our preschool is our Mezzo Room, with a large space set up to cater for busy toddlers. Our Preschool teachers are highly experienced in working with this age group and specifically focus on catering to children’s social and emotional needs.

We provide activities and an environment that offers children many opportunities to explore and grow in a safe place. This allows children to set and test their own limits and boundaries, and extends children’s rapidly growing forms of communication, wants and needs.

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Young Children

3 – 6 years

Our Scuola Room encourages children’s contribution, exploration, communication, belonging and wellbeing. Children are encouraged to be more independent within this space and take the lead in their own learning, helping others and looking after our environment.
We have a focus on sustainability within our centre by reusing, recycling, and repurposing at every opportunity.

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Sustainability

We introduce sustainable habits and practices to our children by encouraging them to reduce, reuse and recycle.  We also grow our own veges in our very own Centre garden.

Using Storypark significantly reduces the amount of paper used for forms and newsletters.

We use local suppliers and partners where possible, supporting the sustainability of businesses in our community.

We believe every little bit helps to ensure sustainability for our precious future generations!

Connecting Children with Nature

The natural world is a giant, open-ended learning laboratory. Children are innate scientists and love to experience the sights, scents, sounds, and textures of the outdoors.

Whether it’s growing vegetables, creating a masterpiece with dirt, twigs and sand, watch worms wriggle through the soil, gazing at clouds, jumping in puddles, listening to birds sing, smelling fresh-cut grass and collecting seeds – any outdoor learning experience is always a positive one!

We are proud to offer all of the above opportunities through our very own natural outdoor environment right here at our Centre – some KEY benefits to spending time outside include: Increasing involvement in physical activity, enhancing cognitive abilities, creativity and imaginative play.  It also supports problem solving, improves self confidence, promotes advanced motor development including fitness, co-ordination and agility.

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we’d love to hear from you!

We understand that your child’s education & care is a priority and that choosing the right centre can be a big decision. We would be delighted to share in your child’s learning journey. Feel welcome to contact us in whichever way is most convenient for you, or visit our centre and meet our Teaching Team!