Our Rooms

Nursery Room One & Two

Pascals teachers (Kaiako) believe Children thrive and learn when their well-being have been met, felt sense of belonging at where they are. Te Whariki is at the core of our curriculum at Pascals Nursery Rooms, our philosophy has been inspired by Dr Emmi Pikler.

Our Kaiako provide a caring and loving environment where children are able to explore the environment safely and confidently. Kaiako welcome each new infant and toddler with respect and anticipation. They take the time to learn about your child through careful observation and through daily communication with families to understand their unique requirements and routines. We believe that children thrive and learn when they experience trustful relationships with their teachers, peers, and whanau.

Free movement: 

We believe in Emmi Pickler’s philosophy, “Babies are allowed to move naturally and spontaneously follow their own developmental timetable.” Environments at Pascals are designed to invite children’s free movement and we encourage the infants to reach out, roll, crawl and cruise in order to develop their core muscles which supports them to become independently mobile.

Food and Breastfeed:

We invite children to feed themselves from the time they commence solids, following the infant’s lead. We provide a healthy, balanced mix of finger foods and support the child to monitor how much they wish to eat. Educators are always sitting and engaging with the child during mealtimes.

We understand healthy foods and drinks impact the growth and wellbeing of your child. We’re committed to providing wholesome, nutritious, balanced meals every day. We also fully support mothers who breastfeed – you’re most welcome to come into our centre to feed when needed.

Individualised care moments

Educators remain ‘present’ during nappy change times and communicate respectfully with children. We provide an unhurried, relaxed environment, we enjoy the pleasant quality time with the children and acknowledge the importance of One-on-One interaction time.

Non-mobile infants are supported by our experienced Kaiako in Nursery One. The primary caregiver develops a positive relationship with the child and their family. Kaiako and parents discuss and share any changes regards to individual needs, working in partnership and collaboration with each other.

Exploratory times:

Each day children at Pascals will have uninterrupted time for play and interaction. Crawling and walking infants/toddlers are invited to freely explore our indoor and outdoor areas and gardens, interacting with nature, each other, and the world around them.

Toddlers Room

Toddlers

Our Toddlers room offers a unique space for this age group, that supports tamariki with their transitional time between the Nursery and the Preschool rooms. This area is designed to offer the toddlers a learning environment that offers a safe exploration and a level of challenge that is suitable to their age and pace of learning. In the toddler’s room, we are also offering the children a slow paced, but continuous transition preparation to the Preschool 1 room.

Daily Routine

7:00 am: Centre opens, Preschool 1 tamariki dropped off at Toddler room

Free play indoors

8:30 am:  Indoor and outdoor spaces available for free play

Preschool 1 tamariki settle into their own classroom

9:00 am:  Dance lessons with a professional dance/performing arts teacher (Fridays)

9:15 am:  Tidy up and mat time

Morning karakia and morning tea

10:00 am:  Planned activities are offered in various curriculum areas such as art, sensory, literacy, numeracy, science and technology; with indoor and outdoor free play.

Optional Playball (Tuesdays)

11:30 am:  Tidy up and mat time

Midday karakia and lunch

12:15 pm:  Rest or nap time

Quiet indoor activities for non-sleepers

Transition visits to Preschool 1

1:00 pm:  Non-sleepers may join Preschool 1 for outdoors free play; planned activities are offered in various curriculum areas such as art, sensory, literacy, numeracy, science and technology; indoor and outdoor free play

2:00 pm:  Tamariki slowly wake up

2:30 pm:  Tidy up and mat time

Afternoon karakia and afternoon tea

3:30 pm:  Indoor and outdoor spaces available for free play

4:30 pm:  Quiet indoor free play

5:00 pm:  Toddlers tamariki join Preschool 1 room for calming play activities

5:30 pm:  Centre Closes

 

Preschool 1

Dynamic and engaging, Preschool 1 is equipped for children aged from 2 years 10 months to 3 years 7 months. The Preschool 1 is designed to respond to the learning and developmental stages of this age group. The teachers can respond to the individualised needs of the younger children in the room, whilst also provoking the critical thinking and learning ambitions for the older children in the group, who are preparing to move to Preschool 2.

Daily Routine

7:00 am:  Centre opens, Toddler’s Room  tamariki dropped off at Preschool 1 room

Free play indoors

8:30 am:  Toddler’s room tamariki settle into their own classroom

Indoor and outdoor spaces available for free play

9:00 am:  Dance lessons with a professional dance/performing arts teacher (Tuesday)

9:30 am:  Tidy up and mat time

Morning karakia and morning tea

10:15 am:  Planned activities are offered in various curriculum areas such as art, sensory, literacy, numeracy, science and technology; indoor and outdoor free play

Optional Playball (Wednesday)

11:15 am: Tidy up and mat time

Midday karakia and lunch

12:00 pm:  Rest or nap time

Quiet indoor activities for non-sleepers

Transition visits to Preschool 2

1:00 pm:  Planned activities are offered in various curriculum areas such as art, sensory, literacy, numeracy, science and technology; indoor and outdoor free play

2:30 pm:  Tidy up and mat-time

Afternoon karakia and afternoon tea

3:00 pm:  Free play; short day children get ready for home time

3:30 pm:  Indoor and outdoor spaces available for free play

4:30 pm:  Quiet indoor free play

5:00 pm:  Toddlers tamariki join Preschool 1 room for some calming play activities

5:30 pm:  Centre Closes

Preschool 2

Preschool 2

Preschool 2 is specially designed for our children aged 3 years 7 months through to around 4.5 years of age. In this Preschool room the children are empowered to gain their confidence to be leaders in their own learning, making independent choices and learning about teamwork. In this room, tamariki also start developing some of the fundamental skills that are needed for school.

Daily Routine

7:00 am:  Centre open (Preschool 2 tamariki are dropped off at Kindy room)

Free play indoors

9:00am:  Indoor and outdoor spaces available for free play

(Preschool 2 tamariki settle into their own classroom)

9:30 am:  Story time

Morning karakia and morning tea

10:30 am: Planned activities are offered in various curriculum areas such as art, sensory, literacy, numeracy, science and technology; indoor and outdoor free play

11:30 am:  Mat time and midday karakia, followed by lunch

12:30 pm:  Quite time encouraged indoors, children can choose between a variety of learning experiences while having a rest and time to recharge and reflect.

1:00 pm:  Indoor and outdoor spaces available for free play; planned activities also offered – art, sensory, literacy, numeracy, gross-motor activities, science and technology; indoor-outdoor free play

Optional Playball (Fridays)

2:30 pm:  Mat time and karakia followed by afternoon tea

3:15 pm:  Tamariki encouraged to gather their belongings in preparation for home time

3:30 pm:  Home time for short-day tamariki

 Preschool 2 tamariki join Kindy room for calming play activities

5:30 pm: Centre closes

Kindy

Kindy

Our Kindy is designed for the children from 4 years and 6 months and up. The daily programme in the Kindy Room supports children with their preparation for school and gaining all the skills needed for a successful transition to Primary School. Our Kind teachers have established relationships with the local primary schools, and they have strong understanding of the requirements for the transition to school programme. The children in the Kindy room are empowered to be independent in their choices and lead their learning confidently, develop expressive ways to communicate their ideas and questions with the rest of the group. The Kindy Room daily programme includes a variety of literacy and numeracy learning opportunities, through the different areas of the curriculum. In the Kind Room children also start learning the school routines such as longer story times, learning activities that require focus and concentration for extended period, lunchbox day, taking reading book bags at the end of the day etc. The Kindy Room also has  a science class once a week, with a trained science teacher.

Daily Routine

7:00 am:  Centre opens, Preschool 2 tamariki are dropped off at Kindy room

Free play indoors

9:00 am:  Kindy tamariki settle into their own classroom

Indoor and outdoor spaces available for free play

9:30 am:  Tidy up, mat time and morning karakia followed by morning tea

10:00 am:  Planned activities are offered in various curriculum areas such as art, sensory, literacy, numeracy, science and technology

11:45 am:  Mat time and midday karakia followed by lunch

12:30 pm:  Outdoor play encouraged

1:00 pm:   Indoor and outdoor spaces available for free play; planned activities also offered – art, sensory, literacy, numeracy, gross-motor activities, science and technology

Optional Play ball sessions on Fridays and Dance class on Tuesdays.

2:30 pm: Tidy up then mat time (may be a graduation ceremony or birthday celebration)

Afternoon karakia followed by afternoon tea.

3:00 pm:  Tamariki encouraged to gather their belongings in preparation for home time

3:30 pm:  Home time for short-day tamariki

Indoor and outdoor spaces available for free play

Preschool 2 tamariki join Kindy room for calming play activities

5:30 pm: Centre Closes