Kindy3.5 - 5 years
The Kindy area caters for children from approximately three and a half years until they leave for school.
- We promote children’s self-help, curiosity, self-expression, self-esteem and independence.
- We provide a learning environment that is stimulating, developmentally appropriate and fun.
- We aim to provide a broad range of experiences that will cater for all children as individuals ie physical play, dramatic play, building and construction, manipulative and fine motor play skills, problem solving skills, cognitive thinking, language, sensory play, science, maths, nature, creative expressions and school readiness.
- We believe in Play-based learning where children can learn by doing.
- In our environment we aim to provide a large variety of resources to cater for every individual.
- We aim to deliver a careful balance in the programme between structure, routine and free play.
- Teachers develop programmes aimed at extending the children’s learning and development through their interests, we welcome whanau involvement during this process.
- Children are encouraged to develop social skills and build relationships that value and respect their peers and teachers, develop an ability to resolve issues, take responsibility and make appropriate decisions.
- Te Reo Maori and Tikanga Maori is an inclusive part of our programme. We use Te Reo in our daily routines, mat times, and activities as well as in communication with children.
Meet the Teachers
ERENA - Team Leader
Erena enjoys working with different age groups; however her true passion is with the Kindy aged children. She is passionate about creating an environment that is rich in fun opportunities for children to engage in and prepare for their future learning and transition to school. Erena is a mother of 4 and when not at work enjoys spending time with her family.
Jason is a very caring and fun teacher who is loved by all the children. He has worked throughout the centre with all three age-groups, and is currently a teacher in the Kindy where the older children really enjoy having a male role model around. Jason is passionate about Nature and continues to provide lots of amazing opportunities for the children with the incredible creatures he brings to live at Midcity. He is also a wonderful encourager of gross motor development and is often found extending the children in this valuable area of our curriculum.
Shannon’s journey as a kaiako began with a primary school qualification but she has found Early Childhood Education to be much more rewarding. She believes that the tamariki learn best through play, where they are able to take charge of the direction of their own learning, set their own challenges, assess risks for themselves, and experiment with solving the problems they encounter. By facilitating an environment where play is valued, we are assisting the tamariki of Midcity to become self-managing, life-long learners.
Amina is married with two daughters. Originally from Pakistan, New Zealand has been her home since 2010. She has a Master’s degree in English Literature and completed her Graduate Diploma in ECE from University of Canterbury. She has been working as an ECE Teacher for the last nine years and is very passionate about it. Reciprocal and responsive relationships with tamariki, through being sensitively attuned – Ngā whakawhanaungatanga – is at the heart of her teaching philosophy as she believes that it contributes to tamariki developing a sense of security and competence.