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Centre life


​Our Philosophy
Our aim at Gladstone Park Early Childhood Centre is to provide an enriching environment where children and families feel valued, respected and empowered. We are committed to forming lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with whanau, the community and the planet, in accordance with the Treaty of Waitangi. We embrace all of our children, whanau and teaching team to form a warm, rich and diverse group of learners reflective of our community. 

We believe in the benefit of family/whanau working in partnership with staff to ensure their input is valued and their aspirations for their child are respected and fostered. 

We offer an emergent curriculum in line with Te Whariki (the National Early Childhood Framework of Aotearoa / New Zealand) that encourages and empowers children to learn holistically and through free play and alongside their peers and teachers. 

We believe in the importance of respect for our bodies, our peers, our teachers and our families as well as our environment and our planet Earth. This is promoted through our ongoing Green Kids Programme. 

 

 

Assistance Dogs New Zealand came for a visit to tell the children more about the very special dogs they train.

 

We believe when an attitude of mutual respect is fostered, children are empowered to have confidence in their individual identity. Through building and maintaining positive and purposeful relationships, we are able to support individual learning and development and an emergent curriculum. 

We believe that every child is individual and acknowledge their strengths and interests by allowing them the time they need to explore, investigate and discover the wider world. 

At Gladstone Park Early Childhood Centre we truly believe that children are confident and competent learners.  We encourage an environment of exploration, experimentation and calculated risk.  While our teachers are here to support, encourage and scaffold we believe that children are the driving force in their own learning and in turn encourage learning for now and in the future.

 

Teacher : Child ratios

Our teaching team is led by Jessica Henderson-Bird, who brings a wealth of early childhood experience and specialised training including The Incredible Years programme. 

We have a commitment to employ qualified teachers with a passion for working with young children, and we aim to better the Ministry of Education teacher : child ratios of 1:5 for children under two and 1:10 for children over two, especially during the busy times of the day. 

 

Healthy meals and snacks

Menus are developed and meals prepared by our Cordon Bleu-trained Chef, Fern Pereira, with assistance from trained cooks who hold Food Hygiene and Safety Certificates.

Fern and her team prepare nourishing and sustaining midday meals as well as healthy morning and afternoon snacks each day. This enables our teaching staff to focus on providing the best possible care for your children. All menus are published on the parent noticeboard at each centre.

Fern's meals are full of goodness, taste great and the children just love them. So does the Heart Foundation. Gladstone Park Early Childhood Centre has won the Heart Foundation's Gold Healthy Heart award - twice! 

Our heart-healthy meals are an important feature for many parents. In 2015, Parnell Trust launched KidsHQ SuperMeals, frozen meals made from the same recipes the children love to eat at our centres. They've been very popular with busy parents who don't always have the time to prepare healthy meals for their kids. Parents can buy the meals directly from our centres. 

Our centres cater for special dietary requirements, which parents can discuss with our Chef.

   

 

Children's portfolios
Each child has their own portfolio and teachers contribute to these regularly. The portfolios build a picture of a child's development, and include photographs, notes from teachers about development and activities, and artwork completed by children during their day at the centre.

Parents are encouraged to regularly look through their child's portfolio, and they can also be taken home overnight to share with family. (Parents will soon have access to their child’s portfolio via our online Parent Portal.)

 

 

Communication with parents 


We know that you, as parents, are the most important people in your child's life, and we consider it a privilege to have a role in your child's life. By sharing your knowledge and understanding of your child, you'll enable us to get to know them better and help us support their development through appropriate learning opportunities.

We encourage your enquires, requests, suggestions and concerns, and always have time to have a chat about your child's day. These communications are important to us because they help to establish a positive connection between home and childcare centre. We have a regular newsletter, notice boards, education information opportunities and family nights as part of our commitment to this partnership.

Parents of children at Gladstone Park Early Childhood Centre will soon be able to view their child's portfolio, communicate with the Centre and receive updates from teachers on our Educa Parent Portal. New parents will be given access details by our Office Administrator.

 

 

What parents say


Here's what parents have to say about Gladstone Park Early Childhood Centre:

It's a great environment for children to have fun, explore and learn in. All the teachers are friendly and supportive and always available for a chat. I think it's a great centre with lots of fun activities to keep the children engaged. Sara, December 2016

 

It's a fantastic place to send little ones. They are really cared for by amazing staff. It's very handy to town but still has a lovely outdoor area for the children to play. The staff in the under 2's are amazing - such caring teachers who really understand each child's individual needs. – Gabby, December 2016

 

Great teachers, good meals, good varied outside play area, separate sleep room and a lovely setting in reserve/ playground/ tennis club. My child seems very happy arriving at daycare. The teachers are really good at welcoming her and giving her what she needs to make both her and me feel comfortable saying goodbye. – Antonia, September 2016

 

It's a fantastic centre with wonderful, caring staff, healthy, nutritious food and a lovely environment. It's great seeing the different activities the children get to try, from painting and make believe games to mud play, beginner carpentry and so much more I'd never think to try at home.  We love Gladstone Park - it's been a fantastic place for our child to learn how to play, share and socialise with other children, while cared for by wonderful warm and welcoming teachers. Our child is very happy there! – Sarah, June 2016

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Great, friendly teachers and a happy loving learning environment. Great location, light and bright centre and play area. - Lorraine, June 2016

 

Our daughter is very happy there and settled in well. The teachers are very kind and encouraging, and the outdoor area is great. It is also nice to know the kids are eating healthy food! - Tori, June 2016

 

So happy we made the right choice in sending our daughter to Gladstone Park, it's like dropping her off to extended family for the day - we know she is well cared for in this warm, friendly, kind, caring nurturing environment. - Nimesha, June 2016

 

Gladstone Park provides a stimulating and fun environment for our child. They have great resources, teachers who genuinely care, a cool playground outside and good space inside, and meals for the kids that I am jealous of. - Damien, June 2016

 

Your child will love Gladstone Park. The teachers are fantastic and both my children love going to daycare.  It's a fun, caring and lively, with something new learned every day. The outside area is fantastic, it's nice and large and has the added benefit of the park. The surroundings are just what children need, no cars driving by and no houses around. - Parent, June 2016

 

The Centre offers a very supportive and nurturing environment with children encouraged to explore and learn, fantastic teachers and excellent outdoor area.  It's really good to know that my child gets healthy food and she is always excited to tell me about her day. - Caroline, June 2016

 

An absolutely brilliant centre, the staff feel like an extension of our family and my child is always engaged and developing. My child has absolutely thrived since joining Gladstone Park, we've seen a marked improvement in her language and social skills. - Cara, June 2016

 

Great spaces inside & out.  Excellent teachers who genuinely care about the welfare of our child and good healthy food options. - Torey, June 2016

 

 

 

 

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