Ferrymead Preschool and Nursery


12E Settlers Crescent, Ferrymead, Christchurch 8023

Childcare Type
Education and care centre
0 - 5

We cater for families with children aged three months to five years and are situated in the quiet area of Settlers Crescent, Ferrymead. The centre is owned and operated by Tamasine and Jill Glassford a local mother and daughter-in-law team from Mt Pleasant.

Our indoor setting is relaxed, well-resourced and spacious. Our large, outdoor, natural play area allows the children plenty of room to move, discover and create in the fresh air and sunshine. These unique learning environments present endless opportunities for children to explore, be challenged, experiment and extend all areas of their development.

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Ngā Kaupapa/Our Philosophy

Management and kaiako at Ferrymead Preschool & Nursery strive to provide the best quality, holistic early education service grounded in warm, trusting and respectful relationships. We enact our primary values of manaakitanga/respect, aroha/love and atawhai/kindness. We view these values as the foundation of a healthy and safe learning environment.

Authentic partnership and collaboration between kaiako and whānau is a priority and ensures the aspirations of parents and whānau are a critical part of our teaching considerations. We aim to ensure that whānau of every background, culture and identity feel welcome and develop a sense of belonging with us. We acknowledge and value the partnership inherent in Te Tiriti o Waitangi and are committed to nurturing te reo me ngā tikanga Māori and providing the opportunity for all children to value our shared heritage.

We understand and have confidence in ‘play’ as the most profound tool for learning. We plan specific play experiences for all tamariki, we design the learning environment and select resources to ensure opportunities that support each child’s individual and unique learning within the structure of secure, unhurried routines and rhythms of our day together. Our kaiako value a homelike setting, where play, fun and challenge go hand in hand to extend learning. We celebrate imagination and nurture exploration within a curriculum where we say ‘yes’ to trying new things.

Kaiako at Ferrymead Preschool and Nursery recognise their influence as role models and the importance of children witnessing healthy adult relationships. With this in mind we bring the joy to work, value collaboration, contribution and we act as compassionate colleagues. We understand children learn from what they see and nurturing healthy social and emotional development and learning is a primary concern within our centre. Kaiako offer consistent, patient guidance as they encourage and support children’s growing use of language, increasing social capability and cultural identity. To compliment and consolidate this learning we ensure an inclusive context where all children are empowered to make choices and decisions regarding their participation and experiences.

We maintain an ongoing commitment to tamariki and will provide unbiased, child focused services, advocate for our youngest citizens, listen and always aim for improvement in our professional provision and practices.

We particularly acknowledge the socio-cultural theoretical perspectives of Lev Vygotsky and Uri Bronfenbrenner, Mary Ainsworth’s attachment concepts, Erik Erikson’s lifespan theory and the pedagogical guidance of Magda Gerber, Emmi Pikler and RIE. This kaupapa is underpinned by the view that all children bring their own sense of mana and wairua and are competent learners, have the right to learn, the right to peace and the right to loving and supportive adults in their lives.

The Education Review Office | Te Tari Arotake Mātauranga (ERO) is the New Zealand government’s external evaluation agency. It evaluates and report on the education and care of learners in schools, kura, kohanga reo, puna reo, and early childhood services.

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