When you walk into The Willows and you will see that we are passionate about creating beautiful, peaceful and natural environments for our children.
Our Centre is purpose built with children in mind. We provide an extensive range of resources to assist in capturing your children’s curiosity and growing their minds. We believe in the power of nature and are proud of the beautiful outdoor spaces that we have created at The Willows.
Our indoor learning spaces and outdoor environments are larger than national requirements as we know that children need space to play!
We believe in nourishing our children inside and out. We know the importance of providing nutrient rich food and the role it plays in the overall well-being of children.
All of your child’s food is provided by the Centre. We have worked with a respected Dietician to develop a menu that is high in nutrients and low in sugar. Best of all, it has been tried and tested by the children… and they love it (even the fussiest of eaters)! Cooked on site by our wonderful qualified chef, Megan - you can be assured that your children are nourishing their bodies perfectly for a day full of adventure and play.
Just like family meals at home, mealtimes are a special time at The Willows. Children are encouraged to take time to enjoy their food. They are encouraged to serve themselves, clear their own plates, develop table manners and show appreciation and gratitude for their food. Check out a sample of our menu.
We love to share and are fully committed to helping out on the food front wherever we can. We provide recipes of some of our meals to our families so you too can be inspired to make healthy food that kids love to eat!
We also cater for a wide range of allergies, intolerances and cultural preferences.
One of the main reasons we chose The Willows was the welcoming feel of the Centre and their focus on family. We love that it is locally owned and operated and not a big chain. - Marcy
It’s been such a relief to be able to feel as relaxed as we do leaving our wee G with the awesome team. I recommend The Willows to every parent I know! - Kate
The food is AAAAA+ - Joely
The moment we walked through the doors at Open Day we knew this was the daycare for us. - Sophie & Luke
We were amazed how the teachers connected with Maeve, observing her interests and personality and truly understanding her in such a short time. - Kelly
She is so much more confident, her language and communication skills have advanced, she is learning so much and has made some lovely friends. - Marcy
Our programme is developed to allow children to learn at their own pace in their own way. We work collaboratively with you and your child to recognise their individual learning goals and aspirations. Our teachers provide support and opportunities during their time at The Willows for your child to reach these goals.
We believe play is key to a child’s development. Play is a child’s unique way of learning about the world. We provide opportunities for both spontaneous play and more structured activities for those children who enjoy this challenge.
Learning environments at The Willows are calm and unhurried. We aim to allow time for rich conversations and opportunities for our children to grow and learn as individuals. We provide children with the freedom to explore and make their own discoveries whilst supporting a sense of wonder and curiosity.
We are aware and responsive to children’s cultural identity, incorporating and extending this though many aspects of our programme.
Our teachers delight in children’s learning and love to discover and learn alongside our children.
If your child is joining us in the Nursery, they will experience Primary Caregiving. At The Willows, our aim is to provide consistency and stability for your child and your family, as this helps to make the transition into Care so much easier. We believe that it is important that each child has a special person to care for their best interests. Your child's Key Caregiver will be there to work as an advocate for your family, and especially for your child, while they are here at The Willows.
Your child’s Key Caregiver will take the time to observe and really get to know your child. They will spend quality time with them and take the opportunity to learn those extra little things that other people may not notice. This Key Caregiver will also be responsible for your child’s care moments. Care moments are the special one-on-one times during the day. These include feeding, dressing, changing nappies, and sleeping. We believe it is important to treasure these times, to make sure they are respectful to the child, enjoyable and unhurried. It is during these Care moments that the relationship is developed and strengthened.
Preparation For School
It is our aim at The Willows to send children to school who are confident and competent in a wide range of skills and experiences.
When your child turns four years old they are encouraged to gather together to participate in group experiences. These activities are aimed at helping children develop knowledge and skills that will be needed when they start school.
We also work closely with the schools in our area to ensure that your child’s transition to school is enjoyable for yourselves and your child.
Storypark + Profile Books...
We know as parents, how much you love knowing what you child gets up to during the day.
It is our aim to include you in their day as much as possible. Not only do we aim to ensure that a teacher is always available for a chat at drop off and pick up, we have also introduced Storypark (www.storypark.com) as a tool for communicating about your child’s day.
Through Storypark, you might see your little one happy at play on their first day, accomplishing that challenge of getting all the way across the monkey bars, eating up all of their nutritious lunch, or splashing in the muddy sandpit with their friends.
We know it’s the little moments that count and we will ensure that you are included in these.
As well as documenting learning on Storypark, your child will have their very own book which will be used to document your child’s learning goals, their acheivements, magic moments throughout their time at The Willows, and even snippets of their artwork. The children love reading and sharing these special books, and they become a wonderful keepsake for families.
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.