Te Rapa, Hamilton Centre
Brightlands Childcare Centre is a privately owned and purpose built, high quality Early Childhood Care and Education centre in the heart of Hamilton City- situated at 562 Te Rapa Road, Hamilton, opened January 2019.
Brightlands Childcare Centre has been designed and developed with the aim to create rich and safe early learning journeys for children from birth to five years. Our innovative learning environments are abundantly resourced with stimulating educational resources which complements the delivery of our local curriculum and educational programme. All our Teachers are both New Zealand qualified and registered, and have experience in various aspects of education which, in tum, provides our community with a strong and effective teaching team. Our Teachers are passionate about encouraging children's creativity, supporting their emerging social interactions, and celebrating their individual successes.
Our goal is to develop children for the next stage in their lives as confident and emotionally intelligent leaders while nurturing their uniqueness.
Our child-centered approach to learning encourages and supports children to learn through projects based on 'their individual interests while developing confidence in their capabilities. At Brightlands, children feel safe to take risks within their learning journeys, and learn at a pace right for them.
As children explore and experience the world around them, they learn foundational early literacy, science and mathematical concepts in a far more meaningful way. Our local curriculum incorporates learning dispositions, the principles and goals of our ECE curriculum Te Whāriki, and competencies derived from Tataiako. At Brightlands, we prepare children to achieve educational success.
Nurture Land (Infants 3-24 months)
At Brightlands we understand that you are sharing your taonga with us, and it is our privilege to be chosen to provide care and education for your little one. Our purpose is to ensure your child continues to grow and strive while away from their immediate family, through a range of learning experiences that are specifically designed to encourage discovery and learning.
Our Nurture Land room has a spacious play area that provides a nurturing, safe and peaceful environment for 3 to 24 months old babies. Our experienced and trained Teachers attend to each child's individual needs in a respectful, calm and unhurried manner.
Our rituals are flexible and we work with you and your baby to meet their individual needs. An important part of an infants day is ensuring they are having enough uninterrupted and peaceful sleep times. We have a separate and temperature controlled sleep room where our infants have their own cot and bedding laundered at least weekly. We encourage soothers or special items to help your child settle if this is what they need.
A safe and inviting outdoor play area is specially designed just for the infants which encourages learning through safe and active exploration. Our children have vegetable gardens, sand to explore, structures for climbing, balancing and sliding, as well as mud kitchens and water play. A bike track borders the area and often extra resources are taken outside for children to explore.
lt is proven through research that breastfeeding is the best form of infant nutrition, providing a multitude of health benefits to both the baby and mother. We support mothers to continue your breastfeeding relationship with your baby while he/she is in our care. You are welcome to come and nurse your baby at any time of the day.
Our Burrow Land room has been designed to extend and build upon your child's experiences in Nurture Land. The dedicated play area and carefully selected educational resources are designed to stimulate toddlers brains through exciting explorative educational encounters.
Our passionate and enthusiastic Teachers take special time and care to create warm, nurturing relationships with children and whanau. The aim is to provide experiences and interactions that support and challenge the children's learning and interests while keeping them emotionally and physically safe.
The toddlers have a dedicated playground which is safe and introduces challenges and adventures to ncourage physical movement and learning. The outdoor environment has plenty to offer including sand, water, vegetable gardens to harvest, a mud kitchen and plenty of resources to encourage gross motor skills.
The learning environment closes for a period after lunch each day to allow for a quiet and peaceful rest time for toddlers who sleep. For those children who do no sleep, they use this time to visit the Wonder Land room and familiarise themselves with resources, rituals, and Teachers with the intention that this will help a smoother transition when children are ready for the next step of their learning journey.
Our child centred approach to learning encourages and supports children to learn through projects based on their individual interests while developing confidence in their capabilities. At Brightlands, children feel safe ,take risks within their learning journeys, and learn at a pace right for them.
As children explore and experience the world around them, they learn foundational early literacy, science and mathematical concepts in a far more meaningful way. Our local curriculum incorporates learning dispositions, the principles and goals of our ECE curriculum Te Whariki, and competencies derived from Tataiako. At Brightlands we prepare children to achieve educational success.
Our curriculum incorporates free play, structured mat times, planned provocations and individual planning. We work with parents and whanau to ascertain aspirations for the child and link to Te Whariki, Tataiako, learning dispositions and theories to teach both educational and social skills needed for a smooth transition to the next step of your child's learning journey. Within our Teaching team we have two trained and experienced Primary School teachers which has enabled us to establish a robust Transition to School programme to ensure that our Brightlands children are emotionally well prepared and have developed an enthusiastic attitude towards starting their Primary School journey.
Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.
– Fred Donaldson
Children under the age of 18 months have a daily communication book that is a two-way correspondence between the centre and home regarding the child’s routine and Parents are encouraged to communicate with Kaiako and management freely and we greatly value their Kaiako are bound by confidentiality and are not permitted to release any information concerning another child’s health or behaviour.
Children are a taonga of their families/whanau. All parents have particular goals and dreams for their children. These aspirations may be about the individual child and/or may be about the child within the context of their collective group.
Through the enrolment process parents /whanau will have the opportunity to communicate any specials needs and aspirations.
Completing an “All About Me” form at time of enrolment which is reviewed annually
Teachers/Kaiako will formally communicate with families every six months to revisit their aspiration
Teachers/Kaiako are receptive and encourage the sharing of information about children’s lives at home and incorporate it into their planning, programme and assessment.
Teachers/Kaiako invite individual meetings/discussions to take place as required.
We acknowledge parents / guardians and whānau needs and aspirations for their child. We aim to make communication as open, regular and informative as possible to enable these needs and aspirations to be shared and take these into account in making decisions about children’s care and education.
We have an open-door Policy
We Establish a welcoming environment and encourages parents and whānau to spend time with their children at the centre
We Encourage contributions of home stories, pictures, photos and comments to their children’s
We encourage participation in our learning programmes, where parents have particular skills such as music or craft skills to share
We share with parents and caregivers their child’s goals, and possibilities for learning and encouraging their involvement in decision-making concerning their child’s learning
Parents are encouraged to add to portfolio’s comments, children’s questions, photos or stories from home so that we can celebrate I share or build on these in the
Feedback and contributions from consultation will be used to support change