TopKids Lynmore, is a quality childcare centre situated in Lynmore, Rotorua.
Our teachers are committed to bicultural development. We honour Māori ways of doing, being and knowing. Sharing the stories of Māori orally, through books, waiata and karakia. The story of Papatūānuku and Ranginui is an important one for Māori as it explains how the world came to be and links Māori to the earth and nature by right of their whakapapa.
Teachers acknowledge family and community literacies and invite whanau to share this with them through korerorero and/or written form through the child’s individual portfolio.
We offer a Be School Ready initiative which incorporates a transition programme with Lynmore Primary school – every Tuesday, a small group attend a class to experience the school environment.
What Literacy Learning looks like at TopKids Lynmore:
1. Investigate Story Teachers engage children in investigations based on their favourite stories, such as ‘The Gruffalo.’ These investigations incorporate dramatic play; expressive arts such as paint, collage, and drawing; puppets; and magnetic stories.
2. Messy Play, Finger Paint, Dough The Tamariki use the media to represent familiar things from their lives such as cooking and, in doing so, use the fundamental literacy skill of representation in a range of contexts.
3. Learning Stories and Portfolios Children are involved in their own assessments. Teachers read and discuss their learning stories with them. They encourage children to revisit their learning by recalling what they have done, enabling them to ‘read’ the stories to themselves and others.
4. Swinging on the Monkey Bars Teachers encourage the exploration of obstacle courses and opportunities for climbing. They see this as developing directionality and spatial concepts such as up, down, in front and behind. These are crucial concepts for reading print and writing.
Under Twos :
1. Wall Displays of children at work Photos of themselves encourage tamariki to revisit previous learning while encouraging oral language through conversation with each other and Kaiako
2. Puzzles Puzzles help children decode, sequence, and understand symbols.
3. Art Engaging in art such as painting, transforms children’s creative ideas into expressive works that communicate meaning. Early experimentation with art begins this process.
4. Music Teachers share music and nursery rhymes with a focus on rhyme, rhythm and alliteration along with expressive action songs.
5. Lots of time shared with teachers. Having meaningful interactions with special people in a babies life enables them to develop an understanding of and practice verbal and non verbal communication.
We have a specialised baby unit with three experienced and professional teachers.
Children learn best by doing, through their senses they smell, taste, listen, feel and explore with their eyes. Teachers respond to babies with expression language, a contextual language which involves eyes, hands and body language. We sign with our hands, our eyes and our voices and children learn actions which help them to be heard. Engagement is by choice so the teachers regularly offer new and inviting activities.
One on one time is spent communicating and building confidence within the babies. Teachers offer comfort through stories, building a strong relationships and by offering the children choices.
We have a Healthy Heart Award!
For more information on the Healthy Heart Programme, click here!
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.
We were recently featured in the newspaper – click here to read
“Thank you from our family to yours. You have cared for Angus and then Emily since 2012! Very few will remember the start of Emily’s journey with you, but it was rocky and pretty awful for the poor lass during her younger tube days and the TopKids team showed us nothing but love and compassion as she grew into the little character she is today. You all do a brilliant job and are much cherished and precious in our hearts.”
“Just wanted to pass on our thanks for a great party yesterday, was lovely. It was nice for me and Ian to be there together for a change and enjoy Cerys’s day care. Best thing was having to cook dinner when we got home! Cerys absolutely loved her day running on the water slide and the Wonky Donkey show! Thank you”
“I just want to thank all TopKids Lynmore staff for nurturing both Wahanga A Rangi and Zaviah whilst attending your daycare. Our babies have developed many skills and gained much knowledge. So thank you all. “
“TopKids Lynmore has been a huge part of our family life for the past 3 years. Thank you for your interest in Charlotte and for your care of her.”
“To all my fantastic teachers, thanks for taking such great care of Ashton for the past 4 years 4 months! We will have fantastic memories of our time at TopKids.”
“TopKids Lynmore has been an amazing place for Lola, she started in the under 2s and from there has grown into such a confident little person. She has made lots of friends and all the staff go out of their way to make sure Lola has activities that help her with her confidence and independence. If we end up back in Rotorua, Lola will definitely be coming back to TopKids Lynmore.”
“Thank you so much for looking after our son for the last five years. We appreciate all you have done. He has learnt so much”
“It has been an absolute delight to have them in the establishment and to meet with you all, you not only welcomed the boys (and us) into TopKids but also New Zealand and along the way have been open and understanding with all of our needs. Thank you once again and to not only yourselves but to the fantastic team you have.”
“Once upon a time I had a dream of being able to see the birth of a flower. Then the flower was born, her name is Mala. Then my dream was to see her growing into a beautiful garden. Then I found the garden where my flower is blossoming: the garden is your daycare! Thank you for raising this flower into a beautiful garden.”
“Thank you for being apart of Wahanga’s and Zaviah’s childcare journey. We are so appreciative and thankful towards all the staff that have helped and nurtured our babies to blessings into happy and independent little beings. Love and blessings to you all from the Wright Whanau”