Community Kindy Waihi
At BestStart’s Community Kindy Waihi, we believe our environment will enhance our tamariki to reach their full potential through play that is child directed and empowers them to make choices. We will help them develop the skills and knowledge needed to become a competent, confident life-long learner.
All children at Community Kindy Waihi participate in a variety of experiences e.g. art, music and movement, science, literacy and numeracy experiences, physical and health education, bi-cultural practices and ICT. As well as following the principles and strands of Te Whaariki, we also follow the Be School Ready initiative.
We value and acknowledge the input and support of whanau and community and consider it to be an integral element to the wellbeing of our centre whanau. Our team is trained and experienced and through open communication and consultation we will foster community relationships so our children and ourselves have awhinatanga (empathy and appreciation of the views of others) to build a strong bi-cultural community.
We demonstrate our value of community and relationships by being immersed in all community events such as Beach Hop, Matariki Celebrations and Gold Fest. We have great relationships through school transitions with the New Entrant classrooms.
Through a caring nurturing environment we promote opportunities for children to explore at their own pace creatively. We endeavor to provide a fun, positive and safe environment in which care and respect for themselves, others and papatuanuku is promoted.
Our routines are flexible and allow for the opportunity for children to set and maintain their individual rhythms. Children’s kai and sleep times are when the children require them. We encourage children to self-help but are always near to offer assistance when they ask. Our environment will enhance our tamariki to reach their full potential through play that is child directed and empower them to make choices. We will help them develop the skills and knowledge needed to become a competent, confident life-long learner.
We have NZ’s only Be School Ready initiative that helps children be ready for the school environment. We provide delicious and nutritious morning and afternoon teas. Community Kindy Waihi has received a Healthy Heart award from the Heart Foundation.
Families say our qualified team are friendly and supportive. We build connections with family/whanau and the community and in turn, this supports children’s learning.
We are excited to offer our families access to Storypark e-portfolios. They are a great way to keep up to date with what your child is doing while at the centre. You can log in to the secure platform wherever you are in the world to see what’s been happening in their day, check out photos of them and comment on their activities. Click here for more information about this fantastic resource.
The SunSmart Centre Accreditation programme provides Cancer Society approved guidelines on how to make centres a safe place for children and the centre’s community.
Being a SunSmart accredited centre shows that our centres:
- are committed to protecting children, staff and parents from the risks of UV radiation
- are raising awareness about the importance of skin protection among parents and children
- promote the centres within the community as one that is committed to the health of its children
- have a sun protection policy that follows the Cancer Society minimum criteria
- promote and support positive sun protection behaviours such as hat wearing
- are developing and maintaining a sunsafe environment