Our Kids early childhood centres cater for children aged 6 months through to 5 years. We believe mixed aged groupings offer many benefits to the children in our care and allows our teachers to capitalise on differences in the experiences, knowledge and abilities of different ages of children.
Our Glendene centre is licensed for five under-2s and our Glen Eden centre for ten under-2s. Appropriate, consistent and individualised care and attention is always given equally to the under-2s as it is to the older children at both Our Kids centres.
Nurturing & Leadership
In mixed age groupings younger children can participate and contribute in far more complex activities than they would on their own or in groups of their own peers. Teachers ensure the under-2s are allowed the time and space for uninterrupted play, and the freedom to explore and interact with the older children and the environment. Older children can also learn valuable life skills such as nurturing the younger children, leadership and role modelling.
Children under 2 years old
At Our Kids we believe strong relationships are important. Our teachers observe, 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 and with this knowledge they support and extend their curiosity by creating areas, providing open-ended objects and experiences that offer opportunities for child initiated learning to help under-2 children learn and grow.