Our whānau and community are a valued and integral part of The CubbyHouse Palmerston North. We build honest and trusting partnerships with tamariki and whānau in order to develop and maintain meaningful relationships and learning experiences. At our childcare centre in Palmerston North, we show respect to our whānau by providing a culturally responsive curriculum; inclusive of the needs of all tamariki. We recognise as New Zealanders we are a multicultural society with a responsibility to uphold Te Tiriti o Waitangi and are therefore committed to ensuring that Te Ao Māori is celebrated and nurtured within our practice. Kaiako provide an environment that fosters children’s social and emotional competency to inspire a lifelong love of learning, underpinned by manaakitanga and aroha.
Our daycare teachers are wonderful and amazing people, who have been selected based on their experience within the Early Childhood field, their professional knowledge of teaching and nurturing young children and their philosophy of education and knowledge of child development. Our Palmerston North childcare centre values professional development, has a dedicated Curriculum Leader and support and encourages our team to participate in a variety of courses in order to grow and keep up to date with new developments in the educational field.
The CubbyHouse Palmerston North are committed to follow the aspirations of the New Zealand National ECE Curiculum, Te Whāriki, “For children to grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society”.
Te Whāriki envisages kaiako in early learning settings working in partnership with parents, whānau and community to realise this vision. The expectation is that, in their early years, children will experience a curriculum that empowers them as lifelong learners.
Te Whāriki supports this work by providing a framework of principles and strands.
The principles are the foundations of curriculum decision making and a guide for every aspect of pedagogy and practice.
The strands are 5 areas of learning and development, where the focus is on supporting children to develop the capabilities they need as confident and competent learners.
Each setting takes these principles and strands and, in partnership with parents and whānau, uses them to ‘weave’ a curriculum whāriki that is specifically designed for their children.
0 – 1 ½ years
Our Infants Room provides a nurturing and caring ‘home away from home’ childcare environment to ensure that children feel safe and secure in their own space, as they begin to explore and discover the world around them.
1 ½ – 2 ½ years
Our Nursery Toddler Room at The CubbyHouse childcare Palmerston North provides responsive and close relationships with kaiako, through Primary Caregiving.
2 ½ – 3 ½ years
Our Preschool Toddler Room encourages a little more independence for our curious older toddlers where they are able to share the spacious playground with our Preschoolers, and learning is supported through tuakana-teina relationships.
3 ½ – 6 years
Our Preschool Rooms offer opportunities throughout the day for children to be involved in contributing to the curriculum helping to make decisions about what is set up, and sharing their ideas. Teachers work alongside the our young children to set up an environment which is challenging, provides curiosity and active exploration.
The CubbyHouse Palmerston North introduce sustainable habits and practices to our children by encouraging them to reduce, reuse and recycle. We also keep worm farms and grow our own veges in our very own daycare centre garden.
Using Storypark significantly reduces the amount of paper used for forms and newsletters.
We use local suppliers and partners where possible, supporting the sustainability of businesses in our community.
We believe every little bit helps to ensure sustainability for our precious future generations!
Connecting Children with Nature
The natural world is a giant, open-ended learning laboratory. Children are innate scientists and love to experience the sights, scents, sounds, and textures of the outdoors.
Whether it’s growing vegetables, creating a masterpiece with dirt, twigs and sand, watch worms wriggle through the soil, gazing at clouds, jumping in puddles, listening to birds sing, smelling fresh-cut grass and collecting seeds – any outdoor learning experience is always a positive one!
Here at our Palmerston North childcare centre, we are proud to offer all of the above opportunities through our very own natural outdoor environment right here at our daycare centre – some KEY benefits to spending time outside include: Increasing involvement in physical activity, enhancing cognitive abilities, creativity and imaginative play. It also supports problem solving, improves self confidence, promotes advanced motor development including fitness, co-ordination and agility.
Contact us or drop into our Palmerston North childcare centre for a visit. We’d love to hear from you!
Here at The CubbyHouse Palmerston North, we understand that your child’s education and care is a priority and that choosing the right centre can be a big decision. We would be delighted to share in your child’s learning journey. Feel welcome to contact us in whichever way is most convenient for you, or visit our childcare centre and meet our teaching team!