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.

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.

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.

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. Minimum 2 sessions per week.

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. We respect each child’s personality and we believe in the potential of each individual. We celebrate diversity and individual growth. Children at Let’s Grow are inspired to be creative and become competent decision makers.

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, care for our animals, climb on logs, and plant their own vegetables.

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 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.

Tangaroa Room 2 – 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.

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; the underlying aim is to achieve a balanced and well rounded school readiness curriculum that the children enjoy participating in.

NURTURING THE MIND, BODY & SPIRIT OF EACH CHILD

Bexie Towle is an experienced yoga teacher from The Space Raglan who has completed her ‘Play Kids Yoga Teaching Training’. Bexie comes into Let’s Grow once a week to teach our children yoga.

Benefits of yoga for children: enhances physical flexibility, refines balance and coordination, develops focus and concentration, promotes self-regulation, boosts self-esteem and confidence, develops mindfulness and an understanding of the mind-body connection, manages stress through breathing and healthy movement.

OUR REVIEW FROM THE EDUCATION REVIEW OFFICE

“Children are being well supported to develop as confident and capable learners. Trusting and respectful relationships underpin teacher’s interactions with children and families. Teachers use a range of effective strategies to engage children in learning and play. They listen to children to ensure their conversations and involvement in play support social skills development, and encouragement to think and problem solve. Children enjoy friendships with their peers and have many opportunities to take responsibility and care for themselves, others and care for their environment.

Teachers are skilled in noticing, recognising and responding to children’s interests. They play alongside children having conversations that extend their thinking and learning. Children have easy access to high quality resources to initiate their own learning. They have many opportunities to make decisions and choices about directing their own learning.

Children’s cultural diversity and individual qualities are acknowledged and valued. Children of Māori descent have their culture, language and identity valued and affirmed, and all children benefit from the use of te reo and tikanga Māori experiences that are naturally integrated into the programme.

Teachers place a priority on children learning within their community, and whānau contributions to the programme support children to learn in meaningful contexts. Children interact closely with the natural environment both within the centre and through the use of an additional natural outdoor area. Literacy and numeracy are well integrated throughout the programme in age-appropriate ways. Music and movement, science and exploration are also strongly evident in the programme.”

ENROLMENTS

To arrange a tour of the centre please 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.

CONTACT US

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