Little Wonders Roslyn has five separate rooms, enabling us to deliver safe, nurturing and age appropriate learning experiences for all our children. The over 2s classrooms share the outdoor area where we value the great sense of togetherness and collaboration this creates between classrooms.
Our Rata Room is calm and homely with an unhurried environment that places value on allowing infants and toddlers to do things at their own pace and in their own time. Teachers provide heuristic resources which encourage open ended play. We follow primary care here – all routines are nurtured by one main teacher, allowing time to build a familiar and trusting relationship between teachers, infants and their whanau. A secondary caregiver is nominated to support when needed.
Teachers support the children’s home routines as much as possible to keep continuity for the child. We have journals that go home every day with recordings of the child’s day, bottles, sleeps, kai, nappies and what they’ve been up to.
Here we encourage independence and support children as they develop their communication skills. Daily routines flow freely throughout the day, giving children the time, space and opportunities for free play and unhurried meal, sleep and toilet times. The settling process involves teachers taking the time to get to know both children and families/whanau.
The classroom programme is flexible and supportive of children’s needs. There are opportunities throughout the day for small group experiences where children enjoy a range of magnetic stories, art, puzzles, fine motor activities, CD stories and songs, sensory experiences and an indoor outdoor flow. Toileting and sleeping are a big focus for this room, ensuring that this matches as closely as possible to what is happening at home.
In the Manuka Room we support children’s increasing independence and foster their self-help skills, with a keen focus on supporting social competence as children develop both verbal and non-verbal skills. The classroom programme here is flexible and supportive of children’s needs. There are opportunities throughout the day for small group experiences where children enjoy a range of art, puzzles, fine motor activities, sensory experiences and an indoor outdoor flow. The children come together for mat times throughout the day where they experience magnetic stories, CD stories and songs in both English and Te Reo.
Children in this room are at an age where toilet training is supported, as is sleep when required. These routines are individual to each child and are conducted at their own pace in a respectful manner. Routines are set in consultation with parents/whanau. Manuka Room children enjoy a large outdoor playground full of challenges and places to explore. We work in collaboration with other classrooms, especially when siblings are involved.
Kowhai and Rimu Rooms
These two rooms cater for children of the same age and staying until they are ready for school. This supports and promotes strong relationships developing with other children, teachers and whanau.
We encourage, support and celebrate children's independence by offering opportunities to take responsibility for their own learning, self-help and participation.
Our daily programme is respectful of the children and values the way in which they play. Children enjoy unhurried kai times where they sit together enjoying their kai and developing their social language skills.
We provide well resourced rooms catering for the 16 areas of play and our NZ Curriculum Te Whariki where children are encouraged to access resources themselves as they follow their own individual interests and those of the group. Teachers support and extend their learning with small group experiences and special events or excursions.
Teachers offer children the opportunity to participate with the indoor or outdoor environment at all times throughout the day (weather dependent)