Environment as Third Teacher
Our Kids childcare centres in Glen Eden and Glendene in West Auckland are unique, each with their own identities, which are formed through participation and contribution of children, teachers and parents.
Educational Learning Environments
Our Kids early childcare centres are small with intentionally designed learning environments where the various and many spaces belong to the children to support self-directed exploration, discovery, experimentation and the building of their knowledge. Some key things that we consider when creating our spaces are aesthetics (colour, cozy spaces, etc), natural elements and authentic materials that are commonly seen or used in adult spaces.
Outside: Our Kids Centres
Our Kids learning environments have been devised and developed with parent and teacher involvement, and from the teachers’ observations of the children’s play. Some examples of our outside environments are the streams that run off recycled rain water, pebble mixed concrete paths, sensory herbs and creepers that drop autumn leaves, and a beautiful stained glass fence window.
Inside: Our Kids Centres
Carefully chosen furniture, objects and open-ended resources organised in calm and comfortable environments encourage children to think, problem solve and be creative. Children’s artwork, their photos, along with plants and mirrors are used to decorate the interiors of Our Kids centres.
These homely and aesthetically pleasing activity spaces help generate psychological well-being and promote a sense of familiarity and belonging for Our Kids children.
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