To provide quality, authentic and meaningful early childhood education for all of our tamariki and their whanau.
To promote a quality learning environment that supports play, with respectful and authentic relationships at the heart of all that we do
We are a purpose built, fully licensed centre, established in 2010. Our centre incorporates 3 separate areas for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. We offer competitive rates, WINZ subsidies and 20 hours ECE education for 3-5 year olds.
At Riverside, building warm, trusting and meaningful relationships is our number one focus and underpins all that we do. We believe that by building these strong relationships between teachers and children and their whanau, and by providing a calm, respectful and caring environment based around free play and exploration, children are able to learn and grown at their own pace and in their own space and will grow as ‘competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society” (Te Whariki 2017). With strong secure relationships, children are emotionally satisfied and it’s only then when they can be ready to engage in quality learning.
Our kai times are also seen as learning experiences and teachable moments. At our kai times, the children are developing independence – they pour their own water, drink out of glasses, eat off ceramic plates and use stainless steel forks, they put their plates away and wipe their own faces when they are finished eating. The children in the preschool room serve each other their lunches and, in all rooms, the children sit together, along with their teachers, enjoying this dining experience 😊
'Children learn as they play, most importantly, in play children learn how to learn' O. Fred. Donaldson