Our Kids Early Learning Centre caters to children aged 6 months up to 5 years. We believe that mixed-age groups in daycare offer numerous benefits to the children in our care. Our teachers are allowed the opportunity to capitalise on differences in the experiences, knowledge, and abilities of children of different ages. Contact us today to enrol at our nearest early learning childcare centre.
BENEFITS OF MIXED-AGE GROUPINGS
Our larger centres, Mataki Way and Onehunga childcare centres offer separate areas for infants and toddlers under 2 and older children aged 2 and up. Nonetheless, we will still integrate the same philosophies wherever possible, ensuring all our children enjoy the benefits of mixed-age groupings.
We are as committed to providing appropriate, consistent, and individualised care and attention to our under-2s as we are to our over-2s, and ensure all our children have opportunities to learn at all our early learning childcare centres.
NURTURING AND LEADERSHIP
Mixed-aged groups in daycare encourage children to participate and contribute in far more complex activities and learning experiences than they would on their own or in groups of their own peers. Our teachers ensure our younger children are allowed the time and space for uninterrupted play, and the freedom to explore and interact with the older children and their environment. Older children can also learn valuable life skills and social skills that will assist their transition to school, such as nurturing younger children, leadership, and role modelling.
OUR APPROACH TO INFANTS AND TODDLERS
At Our Kids, we believe strong relationships are important. Our teachers observe and listen to gestures, body movements, facial expressions, and sounds to recognise and respond meaningfully toward children’s needs and interests. Caregiving routines such as feeding and nappy changing provide natural opportunities for quality time and to promote attachment with teachers.
Our teachers are familiar with research on how the infant brain develops. With this knowledge, we support children and foster their curiosity. We work to provide open-ended objects and experiences, offering opportunities for child-initiated learning to help under-2 children learn and grow.