Small Poppies (Infants & Toddlers)
In our Small Poppies room, we provide a nurturing and caring ‘home away from home’ environment to ensure that children feel safe and secure in their own space, as they begin to explore and discover the world around them.
We respect that parents are the first teachers, so we want to work closely with you to ensure your child gets the best out of their day.
We encourage 3 settling visits, approximately 2 weeks before your child’s start date to ensure a smooth and settled transition for both you and your child.
Our teachers are responsive day by day to the needs when caring for infants, where routines are determined from when the child arrives. Our Small Poppies environment is prepared to entice children’s curiosity and exploration where testing, trying and challenge is valued.
Play is open-ended and full of fun as we embrace the unknown of how children explore and experiment with their ideas and theories of how the world around them works. Once our young ones are mobile, they usually begin their independence with transporting resources from one place to another, engaging with music instruments and become very busy with clearing the tables, emptying bowls and often develop a real interest in hiding things in the most curious of places!
Meals are age appropriate to provide those first tastes and textures. Giving bottles are special care times, where we take this time to nurture, sing, hold and support the infants to create a feeling of warmth, connection and aroha.
For children aged 0-12 months, we provide you with a communication journal so our teachers in the Nursery can keep you updated with daily information about your childs day. We also use Storypark to share photos, videos and audio of your child’s development so you never miss out on those treasured milestones.