ABOUT US

Let’s Grow Early Learning Centre is set amidst the natural beauty and majestic backdrop of rolling hills and trees located on the Whaingaroa coastline. The purpose built, architecturally designed childcare centre situated on a large section is conveniently located close to the Raglan township. Let’s Grow welcomes babies into the Tiaki (babies) room, who progress to the Tangaroa (toddlers) room until they are ready to move into the Karioi (preschool) room, catering for children up to six years of age.

Hours of operation
Monday – Friday 7.30am – 6.00pm

Our programmes
Our programmes are designed to reflect the age appropriateness and general abilities of children at varying ages in their developmental cycle, and accordingly, the educational content alters as the children progress through the individual age groups, culminating in the preschool years where the emphasis is focused more towards providing the children with the skills required to be school ready.

Meals
Our centre provides morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack. Breakfast is provided for those children that arrive before 8.30am at the centre. All food that is provided is healthy, nutritious and prepared to the highest quality standards. Our centre has recently been awarded with the Healthy Heart Award.

WINZ
To help with the cost of childcare you may be eligible for a subsidy from WINZ, please contact WINZ on 0800 559 009.

20 hours ECE
Parents of 3+ year olds can claim the ’20 Hours ECE subsidy’ this will be ensure a saving on their weekly fees, these 20 hours are capped at 6 hours per day up to a total of 20 hours per week.

Attendance
For under 2’s there is a minimum session time of 4 hours and for over 2’s a minimum booking of 6.5 hours is required. Due to strict staffing requirements booked times must reflect attended times. We have a minimum weekly booking of 2 sessions per week.

Mission Statement
To see every child at Let’s Grow is nurtured so that each will flourish and grow into the person they are designed to be. Our mission is best accomplished by creating an environment with a sense of purpose and place where children are engaged in genuine learning experiences; Recognising that personal growth involves care, responsibilities, and understanding towards others and the earth and embedding these values as a frame of mind; Facilitating and valuing the involvement of parents, teachers, children and the larger community.

Philosophy
A warm, loving and relaxed environment, that creates learning opportunities that lead to a well rounded and capable child ready to move onto the next phase in their educational journey. Our belief is that each child is unique. We respect each child’s personality and we believe in the potential of each individual. We celebrate diversity and individual growth. Our children are our most precious resource. Children at Let’s Grow are inspired to be creative and become competent decision makers, they care for the environment and its people. They learn to be kind and respectful, develop confidence and self-esteem and nurture a love for learning.

  • QUALITY EDUCATION & CARE IN A WARM, LOVING & RELAXED ENVIRONMENT

OUR ENVIRONMENT

At Let’s Grow we are proud of our premises. Our unique outdoor environment gives children the opportunity to explore nature first hand. Children can jump in puddles, observe insects, climb on logs, and plant their own vegetables. The animals, plants, natural elements and materials available in our beautiful natural environment give the child plenty of opportunities to have real life, authentic experiences.

Nature at our doorstep
We feel very blessed to be surrounded by the best that nature has to offer. Just a stones throw down the road is Ngarunui Beach where we often visit and fossick for natural treasures in the sand dunes. Just over the fence from Let’s Grow is our outdoor education area, you’ll often find us there building structures or gazing over the beautiful estuary.

LEARNING SPACES

Tiaki Room 0 – 2.5 years
The program in the Tiaki room is very individual, each child has their own program that is developed around their individual routines. The children participate in a wide range of experiences both indoors and out. In these very early stages of a child’s growth it is paramount to make sure they feel very secure and comfortable in their surroundings, and this is central to our program in this age group.

Tangaroa Room 2.5 – 3.5 years
In this age group we continue to build and consolidate on that which has been learnt in the previous years and begin the gradual transition to a slightly more structured program ready for the Preschool room. Play is the main focus of the group and whilst they are playing they are learning key concepts such as size, height, number, colour and language.
Teamwork, communication and learning self help skills are a very important aspect of the program, appropriate language is always modelled to the children to enhance good communication skills and respect for each other.

Karioi Room 3.5 – 6 years
The program that children are introduced to in this age group places more emphasis on providing challenging activities that provide the children with opportunities to expand their understanding and familiarity with concepts related to the traditional areas of reading, writing, maths and science. This is achieved through a mixture of focused activities that are subject specific and those that are play based and as a result less structured; but the underlying aim is to achieve a balanced and well rounded school readiness curriculum that the children enjoy participating in.

  • ‘The best classroom and the richest cupboard are roofed only by the sky’

    Margaret McMillan

ENROLMENTS

To arrange a tour of the centre please call us on 07 8257367 or email us at info@letsgrow.net.nz

Once a start date is decided, we will mutually arrange a convenient time with you and the teachers of the designated room for you to spend some time in the centre with your child prior to their starting date. At Let’s Grow we believe that this is a vital part of the transitioning process, and helps to ensure that your child’s integration into the Let’s Grow family is as smooth as possible. This normally consists of two to three one hour visits to the centre on the days preceding your child’s start date. During your free transition visits, you will have a chance to get to know your child’s teachers, and to find out where significant areas of the centre are.

We look forward to having you and your children join the Let’s Grow family, and appreciate any feedback you have for us. Please let us know if there is anything you do not understand, or that is worrying you. Enjoy your visits, so you are able to relax, knowing your child feels comfortable and secure in their new environment.

  • Aroha Mai, Aroha Atu

    Love towards us, Love going out from us

CONTACT US

On the corner of Wainui Road and Riria Kereopa Memorial Drive (next door to Rock-it Cafe)