Family/Whanau Information

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Ages

From birth to 6 years.

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday 7.45am to 5.15pm. The Point will be closed for all public holidays and some weeks over the Christmas period.

Fees and Ratios

Hourly rate: $6.50

Fees will be charged if your child is absent through sickness or holidays, as the place remains reserved. Our Centre provides 20 hours free childcare and education for 3 to 4 year olds. Childcare subsidies for those who qualify are available through WINZ. At The Point we will have more staff than the ministry recommends.

Environmentally Aware

We are committed to doing our best for the environment by aiming to recycle wherever possible, be plastic bag free, aiming for litter-free lunchboxes and we will grow our own vegetables.

Kai Time

The Point will provide a variety of healthy and nutritious kai for morning and afternoon tea. It is the responsibility of the parent/whanau/caregivers to provide lunch if your child is going to be at the Centre at lunch time.

Dress

Children come to The Point to paint, play in the sandpit, roll in the grass and jump in puddles – to have fun while they learn!

Please dress your child in appropriate clothing and have a few spare changes of clothes in their bag for fun and adventures!

Educa

The Point will use Educa to privately document your child's time at the Centre. Only you and the Centre teaching team can access your child's personal page, great for those parents wary of social media.

Educa is accessible anytime and day, no longer waiting for the portfolio to come home. Other family members can also be linked to the page by the parents. Perfect for Nan and Koro if they are curious too.

Child Portfolios

Each child is also provided with a portfolio book documenting their learning and development. We encourage, support and value the contribution of parents/whanau/caregivers in creating links between the child’s home and centre environment. Together our contributions will help connect children’s learning experiences with people, places and things in all of their environments and lead to better outcomes.

Resources and Play Equipment

“The things he sees are not just remembered they form part
of his soul.” - Maria Montessori

Our early year’s skills development paly equipment includes handmade natural resources from around the world which invite exploration and discovery by our youngest learners. They include a collection of beautiful wooden grasping toys, heuristic play and treasure basket resources, mirrors and fine motor skills activities.

“Play is the highest form of research.” - Albert Einstein

Our construction play equipment helps children to practice the scientific method of experimentation, observation and cause and effect. It introduces math’s concepts of size, shape, area, geometry, measurement, and equivalence. It encourages children to share, take turns, listen and communicate with each other and by doing so develop language skills. The open ended nature of construction lends itself to playing a key role in dramatic play activities fostering creativity. It also allows children to hone their motor skills and hand-eye coordination www.everyeducaid.co.nz