Our Rooms

Little Wonders St Kilda has five separate classrooms, allowing us to resource and respond to the specific needs of different ages and stages.

Kakariki Room

Our Kakariki Room is a customised space for our youngest children aged 3 months to 1 year old to safely explore, gain confidence and be respected as initiators and self-learners. The teaching team’s approach is inspired by the RIE philosophy, offering an environment that is a balance of being physically safe, cognitively challenging and emotionally nurturing.

The environment is warm, calm and inviting, presenting a ‘home away from home’ feel. Families are welcomed into this space where infants are valued and respected. Daily journals ensure each infant’s individual routine is followed, and their development supported by a loving teaching team, dedicated to providing them with the best possible start.

Daily Routine

7:30 am: Morning greeting/follow infants’ individual routines as communicated by whanau, including sleeps, bottles, floor time, outside exploration, inside play-based learning experiences

8:30 am: Morning kai

8:45 am: Follow infants’ individual routines as communicated by whanau, including sleeps, bottles, floor time, outside exploration, inside play-based learning experiences

11:00 am: Lunch time kai

11:30 am: Follow infants’ individual routines as communicated by whanau, including sleeps, bottles, floor time, outside exploration, inside play-based learning experiences

2:00 pm: Afternoon kai time (staggered depending on sleep routine)

2:15 pm: Follow infants’ individual routines as communicated by whanau, including sleeps, bottles, floor time, outside exploration, inside play-based learning experiences

4:00 pm: Late snack kai

4:15 – 6:00 pm: Inside quiet time, including stories, cuddles, play-based learning experiences
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Kahurangi Room

The Kahurangi Room is designed to inspire and support our 1 to 2 year olds as they take those beginning steps towards exploring the world around them. The environment offers age-appropriate physical challenges, both indoors and outdoors, supporting physical development, and increasing confidence, balance, strength and agility.

An experienced teaching team, who understand the natural urges and interests of this age group, provide a balanced and engaging programme that extends and inspires. The tamariki are encouraged and supported to explore the environment and participate in fun learning experiences that are introduced alongside their care routine.

Daily Routine

7:30 – 8:30 am: Morning greeting/inside play-based learning experiences offered

8:30 am: Morning kai

8:30 am: Indoor and outdoor play-based learning experiences/impromptu music sessions and mat times encouraged
Individual routines followed for sleeps, bottles etc

11:00 am: Lunch time kai

11:30 am: Individual routines followed for sleeps, bottles etc/quiet time

12:00 pm: Indoor and outdoor play-based learning experiences/impromptu music sessions and mat times encouraged

2:00 pm: Afternoon kai (staggered depending on sleep routine)

2:30 pm: Indoor/outdoor play-based learning experiences

4:00 pm: Late snack kai

4:15 – 6:00 pm: Indoor/outdoor play-based learning experiences
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Karaka Room

The Karaka Room is where our fun-loving 2 to 3 year olds get to make their mark! With an emphasis on language development, they participate in rich learning experiences including music, puppets, magnetic stories, storytelling and imaginative play. Our Karaka Room teaching team have an abundance of energy and respond to the learners needs with enthusiasm and creativity.

With an outdoor area that provides opportunities for physical challenges and age-appropriate risk taking, our tamariki are encouraged to extend and develop their physical skills and confidence, as they engage and make discoveries in our beautiful coastal environment. 

Daily Routine

7:30 - 9:00 am: Morning greeting/inside learning stations

9:00 am: Outside learning environment opened/rolling morning kai

9:30 am: Indoor/outdoor play-based learning experiences

11:00 am: Tidy up time/mat time

11:30 am: Lunch time kai

12:00 – 2:00 pm: Sleep time/quiet time/indoor and outdoor play-based learning experiences

2:00 pm: Afternoon kai

2:30 pm: Indoor/outdoor play-based learning experiences

4:00 pm: Late snack

4:15 – 6:00 pm: Indoor/outdoor play-based learning experiences
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Kowhai Room

Our 3 to 4 year olds have a large indoor environment that boasts a variety of different learning spaces including an art area, whanau corner, block area, construction table, library corner, train table, natural world play space, and a music area. Each child is supported to follow their interests and extend their learning through a play-based model where teachers use intentional teaching strategies to add depth, skills and new knowledge to their inquiries.

With a focus on developing their social skills and strengthening social competency, the Kowhai Room children experience learning through a range of individual, small group and whole group learning opportunities, encouraging them to listen to others points of views, take turns and contribute to a sense of group responsibility.

Additional extras for this age include weekly gymnastics sessions and Playball coaching.

Daily Routine

7:30 - 9:30am: Morning greeting/inside and outside play-based learning experiences

9:30 am: Rolling morning kai

10:00 am: Indoor and outdoor play based learning experiences

11:30 am: Tidy up time/mat time

12:00 pm: Lunch time kai

12:30 – 2:30 pm: Sleep time/quiet time/indoor and outdoor play-based learning experiences

2:30 pm: Tidy up time/mat time/afternoon kai

3:15 pm: Indoor/outdoor play-based learning experiences

5:00 pm: Late snack kai

5:15 – 6:00 pm: Indoor play-based learning experiences
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Whero Room

Purpose designed for our 4 to 5 year olds, the Whero Room is proud of its reputable Transition to School programme that is integrated throughout the daily learning experiences and supports our children and their families to prepare for the next phase of their learning journey. The curriculum has a strong focus on developing self-care and emotional regulation skills to support the development of independence, and confidence.

With opportunities to take on leadership roles, contribute to the running of the programme and care for the learning environment, children are empowered to develop a sense of pride and ownership over their learning goals.

Additional extras for this age include weekly gymnastics sessions and Playball coaching.

Daily Routine

7:30 – 9:30 am: Morning greeting/Inside and outside play-based learning experiences

9:30 am: Rolling morning kai starts

10:30 am: Indoor/outdoor play-based learning experiences

11:30 am: Tidy up time/pepeha sharing/mat time

12:15 pm: Lunch time kai

12:45 pm: Meditation/ yoga/ storytelling/quiet time
Indoor/outdoor play-based learning experiences

2:30 pm: Tidy up time/mat time/afternoon kai

3:15 pm: Indoor/outdoor play-based learning experiences

5:00 pm: Late snack

5:15 – 6:00 pm: Indoor play-based learning experiences
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