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We acknowledge Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the founding document of Aotearoa New Zealand, and are committed to embracing our bi-cultural heritage.
In our Nursery our teachers provide a safe and loving environment where infants can grow and develop early independence. Inspired by the work of Emmi Pikler our environment allows children to discover as much as possible on their own, with the comfort of knowing that their teachers are close by.
Dr Emmi Pikler defined seven guiding principles for caring for babies:
Babies need our full attention – especially when involved in caring activity times.
We need to be calm and operate at a slower, relaxed pace around babies.
Caregivers need to take the time to make nappy changing, feeding, bathing and dressing, unhurried and pleasant quality time with the baby as a respected, active partner.
Working together with babies on activities, which includes plenty of talking about what we’re doing and giving them the time to respond.
Never put a baby into a position which they cannot get into by themselves. This includes keeping baby care equipment, like walkers and highchairs to a minimum.
Allow babies uninterrupted time for play. This gives them time to experience independence and we see the beginnings of self-esteem and confidence as a result.
Pay respectful attention to babies’ communication cues.
We’re very happy to discuss our philosophy around care of babies. We never lose sight of the fact that we are caring for your child in partnership with you.
For the older children we embrace the Reggio Emilia Educational Approach and incorporate it into our programmes.
The program supports independence, group and individual learning experiences. A range of indoor and outdoor activities are provided daily. We have a strong focus on assisting children in discovering who they are, so they can express their own opinions and nurture their own ideas. ICT is integrated across all of the preschool programmes.
Principles Curriculum principles that we adhere to:
In practice What does this mean in practice for your child?
Parents and Whanau Parents and Whanau are a critical part of every child's learning. Therefore, at Natural Steps, communication with you is one of the most important things we can do. We'll keep you informed every step of the way, through email, newsletters, our Weekly Steps , your child's on-line portfolio and of course our staff are available to talk to every day.