This space is named after Pārera – a native duck that is more likely to be seen as singles or in pairs, which increases vulnerability and as a species, they are quite timid. Ducklings of this species are natural explorers, leaving the nest once the brood is dry, however stay close to their mother for some time.
In this space, 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.
Our bicultural practice and respectful care for infants is a great part of our practice. We support early language development (as this is a rapid time for growth in this area) through implementation of our three national languages, English, Māori and New Zealand Sign Language!
We respect that parents are the first educators, so we want to work closely with you to ensure your child gets the best out of each day and their time at the centre.
For new children, we refrain from setting a limit of transition visits, instead, we use an individualised approach and encourage our parents to bring their children in for as many visits as they feel comfortable with and we are very flexible with this.
Our infants have their own space, made up of many loose parts and ‘real’ items. We believe that with these items, infants are able to gain an understanding of the world they live in by encouraging open-ended learning and involving sensory development.
For children aged 0-12 months, we provide you with a communication journal so our educators 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!