TopKids Stratford is a mixed centre catering for children from birth to 5 years. We are a small, home like centre licenced for 35 children with up to 10 under 2’s. Our environment mirrors a whānau atmosphere where all children are integrated into the one facility with a focus on growing supportive, respectful relationships across children of all ages and abilities.
Our centre philosophy
Ina kei te mohio koe ko wai koe I anga mai koe I hea kei te mohio koe kei te anga atu ki hea. (If you know who you are and where you are from then you will know where you are going.)
At TopKids Stratford our centre philosophy embraces the diverse cultural identities of our children and whānau through the values of respect, whānau, honesty and confidence. We support our children to know who they are and to celebrate their own and others’ cultures, whānau, sense of identity and their place within the Stratford community.
How do we support infants and toddlers in our environment?
At TopKids Stratford our infants and toddlers enjoy a calm and relaxed atmosphere in our under 2 environment, as well as having the freedom to join our older children in the wider centre environment if and when they choose. This ensures a seamless transition whereby our children immerse themselves into the over 2 programme at a time and pace that suits them. The under 2’s key teachers build respectful, responsive, trusting relationships with children and whānau and pride themselves on providing continuity of care from home to centre. We are entirely flexible, ensuring that home routines are followed to best support each individual child and family.
How are we active within our community?
Strong partnerships with our community build on teaching and learning practices and support our children to establish a sense of place and space. We take pride in our community involvement and ensure our children are active participants in the Stratford community. Our children delight in regular visits to the library, bike rides, excursions to Music for Kids and visits from Coach Mike for Playball and Whaea Aggie for waiata. We enjoy a relationship with Whakaahurangi Marae, other local ECE centres, many local schools and attend termly meetings with local new entrant teachers where we collaborate to achieve seamless transition to school processes. TopKids Stratford is particularly proud of its’ Pay it Forward Initiative which sees us involve children and whanau in regular appeals and fundraisers to support individuals and schemes within our local community. Children learn about manaakitanga by helping others and develop an appreciation for the richness and mana of the Stratford community.
Our centre currently has the highest Healthy Heart Award
TopKids Stratford have a passionate, experienced cook who prepares morning kai, lunch and afternoon kai for our tamariki. We hold the highest Healthy Heart award and provide a wide range of delicious, warm, home-cooked, nutritious kai. We encourage children to try different foods, deriving from a variety of cultures, as well as familiar foods and family favourites, as well as catering for dietary needs.
Our centre stories and news
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 staff at TopKids Stratford are amazing. My daughter loves each and every one of them and looks forward to attending each day that she goes. They are very accommodating to my wife and I if we have needed to change times or days and are always friendly, welcoming and never too busy to help.”
“I absolutely love TopKids Stratford and recommend all my friends and family there, and since my kids have been there I have had many people go there after telling them about the top care the kids get and how happy I am.”
“I’m highly satisfied with the service and care shown to myself and my boys and when I drop them off and pick them up before and after each session I always try to stay at the centre and mingle with the children to settle my ones in and to interact with the staff and children. I would highly recommend the centre to any new or potentially new families. I moved my boys into the centre here at the beginning of 2016 because of their spiritual growth and have had absolutely no issues with anything the staff and centre provide. Excellent work and always support their efforts 150%.”