Our Team

Our teaching team is made up of passionate, experienced teachers who are warm, welcoming and naturally wonderful people. Our qualified Early Childhood Educators bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team and their special connection with our children is cherished and supported in our centre.

We value professional development, and encourage our team to participate in a variety of courses, in order to grow and keep up to date with new developments in the educational field.

Sister Centre

Our sister centre, New Beginnings Infant & Toddler Centre, located at 19 Hone Heke Road in Kerikeri it is in walking distance of Newbees Preschool. New Beginnings Infant & Toddler Centre cater for children from birth to 3 years old. Children transitioning from New Beginnings Infant & Toddler Centre will have regular accompanied visits to get familiar with their new environment and meet their new friends, ensuring this is a positive step in their learning journey.

Curriculum

We are committed to follow the aspirations of the New Zealand National ECE Curiculum, Te Whāriki, “For children to grow up 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 Whāriki envisages kaiako in early learning settings working in partnership with parents, whānau and community to realise this vision. The expectation is that, in their early years, children will experience a curriculum that empowers them as lifelong learners.
Te Whāriki supports this work by providing a framework of principles and strands.
The principles are the foundations of curriculum decision making and a guide for every aspect of pedagogy and practice.
The strands are 5 areas of learning and development, where the focus is on supporting children to develop the capabilities they need as confident and competent learners.
Each setting takes these principles and strands and, in partnership with parents and whānau, uses them to ‘weave’ a curriculum whāriki that is specifically designed for their children.

A Day At Newbees Preschool

Our Preschool offers opportunities throughout the day for children to be involved in contributing to the curriculum helping to make decisions about what is set up, and sharing their ideas. Teachers work alongside the children to set up an environment which is challenging, provides curiosity and active exploration.

Children’s self-help skills are very important at this stage and children are supported to go to the toilet on their own, wash hands, dress themselves, serve up their own morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea as well as get involved with washing their own dishes after their meals and tidying up their areas of play.

The preschool children have three set mat times throughout the day where they learn songs, stories and are encouraged to share things with the other children.

Some of our group learning times arise from the children’s own participation in incidental moments when we are play with the parachute, outside games, at the playdough table or gardening.  We value that each child learns at their own pace and when they are ready, and that play is children’s work.

For new children, we encourage 3 settling visits, approximately 2 weeks before your child’s start date to ensure a smooth and settled transition for both you and your child.  Our Transition Policy is available by asking a member of the team.

Sustainability

We introduce sustainable habits and practices to our children by encouraging them to reduce, reuse and recycle.  We also keep worm farms and grow our own veges in our very own centre garden. Children love to go for walks to the nearby garden centre to buy our plants and get help with care of growing them.

Using Storypark significantly reduces the amount of paper used for forms and newsletters.

We use local suppliers and partners where possible, supporting the sustainability of businesses in our community.

We believe every little bit helps to ensure sustainability for our precious future generations!

Connecting Children with Nature

The natural world is a giant, open-ended learning laboratory. Children are innate scientists and love to experience the sights, scents, sounds, and textures of the outdoors.

Whether it’s growing vegetables, creating a masterpiece with dirt, twigs and sand, watch worms wriggle through the soil, gazing at clouds, jumping in puddles, listening to birds sing, smelling fresh-cut grass and collecting seeds – any outdoor learning experience is always a positive one!

We are proud to offer all of the above opportunities through our very own natural outdoor environment right here at our centre – some KEY benefits to spending time outside include: Increasing involvement in physical activity, enhancing cognitive abilities, creativity and imaginative play.  It also supports problem solving, improves self confidence, promotes advanced motor development including fitness, co-ordination and agility.

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We understand that your child’s education & care is a priority and that choosing the right centre can be a big decision. We would be delighted to share in your child’s learning journey. Feel welcome to contact us in whichever way is most convenient for you, or visit our centre and meet our Teaching Team!