Imagine a world where the lines are harsh and unyielding, the textures were consistent and variation is unheard of. Does it inspire you?
Now imagine a place where the carpet changes every day, the ceiling is a myriad of different colours, light, shadow & movement. The feelings & movement completely surround you, sometimes breezy, sometimes cold, other times warm. Unexpected wonders fly by, sometimes full of colour & sometimes full of noise & movement.
If we really want children to thrive we need to let their connection to nature nurture them.
A Day at Pukekos
Ever wondered what I am learning all day long? This is the routine of my day in the pre-school at Pukekos and here is what I am learning when I am involved in all these activities. My teachers know that developing new skills takes time, so they are patient with me and let me explore new ideas at my own pace. They also know that whatever activity I seem to be interested in is just perfect for my own individual level of development. They don’t compare me to other children or have extreme expectations of me. Being in a fun place like this helps me develop and get ready for the next level , school. (If I was ready to be at school, I would be there already, but my teachers know that there is so much for me to learn before I get there, that is why they provide such amazing experiences for me to do at Pukekos!
Our role as teachers centers on provoking occasions of discovery through a kind of alert, inspired facilitation and stimulation of children's dialogue co-action and co-construction of knowledge.
- Edwards, in Edwards al 1994, 154
Firstly we have 2 neat teams that work together in either centre. Students and officials alike always comment on our teamship & how awesome it is to spend time with us. We're fun!
Our centres are really well resourced creative & relaxed environments, where we encourage intuitiveness, imagination, and fun for our children , their parents & ourselves ! We are checked out by many centres and individual teachers for our environment set ups, and our simple effective programming.
A strong partnership is built through daily communication among teachers, parents and children. - This interaction helps foster a true love of learning-one that builds a foundation that will last a lifetime…
- Education Review Office
Areas of Good Performance
Partnership - There are sound processes established for consultation with parents about their children’s learning, development, and about the operation of the centre. These processes include surveys, parent interviews, progress reports, parent evenings, social gatherings and opportunities for informal discussion. A positive welcoming environment encourages parents to participate and they feel their opinions are valued.
- Education Review Office
What we think of Pukekos
"Right away you feel at home here, everyone is so friendly and welcoming. The socials for parents are awesome, I need to keep having babies so I don’t leave this place!!" Rhonda S
"I can never get over the calmness and quiet, it feels like there are hardly any children here, and yet it’s full to the brim! They are all so happy and content doing their own thing. You’d think with so many children everywhere it would be hectic and noisy! I just don’t know how you guys do it."