Our Rooms

Lollipops Bell Block has three separate rooms, enabling us to deliver safe, nurturing and age appropriate learning experiences for all our children.  

Infant Room

Catering for our little ones aged 3 months to 2 years, we provide an environment that supports the natural development of our tamariki and promotes a strong sense of belonging through collaborative relationships.

Daily Routine

7:00 am: Centre opens, we all gather in the Junior Room

8:00 am: Infants and Preschoolers move to their own rooms

9:30 am: Morning kai

10:00 – 11:00 am: Babies go for their morning moe/sleep

11:30 am: Lunch

12:30 pm: Toddlers go for a moe/sleep

2:30 pm: Afternoon tea

2:30 – 3:30 pm: Babies go for an afternoon moe/sleep

4:15 pm: We all gather in the Junior Room

6:00 pm: Centre closes

Welcome to our infant whanau, we value your baby’s needs and routine, so we adjust our practice accordingly to meet their individual needs. We offer a strong focus on respectful practice and forming relationships which is a key feature for our tamariki and Kaiako. We offer an indoor and outdoor flow when the weather allows and provide our tamariki with a range of activities which are initiated by them. We have an unhurried atmosphere in the Infant Room. This allows our tamariki to do things in their own time and makes key routine times like sleeping, a relaxed and peaceful time just like at home.

Junior Room

This home away from home for our 2 to 3 year olds. Our Junior Room is a nurturing, warm and caring environment that inspires tamariki to expand their learning in a unhurried manner, whilst promoting confidence when making choices for themselves.

Daily Routine

7:00 am: Centre opens, we all gather in the Junior Room

8:00 am: Infants and Preschoolers move to their own rooms

8:30 am: Indoor outdoor flow continues until closing at 6:00 pm

9:00 – 10:30 am: Karakia, morning kai

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Kai, regulated by tamariki

12:00 – 3:00 pm: Moe/sleep time (varied times for those who require it)

2:00 – 3:00 pm: Afternoon kai

6:00 pm: Centre closes

Welcome to our whanau where your child’s independence is encouraged. The varied routines in our room are to the rhythm of your child to encourage them to self-regulate and understand what their bodies need. The Kaiako in our whare are responsive to whanau desires and will work with your tamariki to achieve these.

In our whare we have rolling kai times, which support the choices our tamariki are encouraged to make throughout the day. We have an unhurried atmosphere, which allows other key routine times such as nappy changing and moe/sleep times to be more relaxed, just like they would be at home.

Every child also has access to indoor outdoor play, every day, all day. There are times when we gather together to experience things like stories, yoga, or cooking which are initiated by the interests shown by our tamariki. Times like these replace the mat times of the past and allow more participation from tamariki.

Preschool Room

Our Preschool Room is equipped for our 3 to 5 year olds, and is a busy, creative environment offering tamariki opportunities to grow and develop skills in all curriculum areas, in preparation for school.

Daily Routine

7:00 am: Centre opens, everybody meets in the Junior Room

8:00 am: Preschool children move to Preschool Room/set up curriculum areas for the morning – art, construction, literacy and numeracy, family play

9:30 am: Rolling morning tea starts and runs through until 10:45 am/children are encouraged to wash and dry their hands as they come inside to eat/free play

11:30 am: Rolling lunch (children are encouraged to come inside and eat their lunch during the next hour or so)/free play continues throughout the afternoon

2:30 pm: Tidy up time

3:15 pm: Afternoon tea

3:30 pm: Children pack their bags and belongings as they get ready for home

4:00 pm: Children merge into the Junior Room for the remainder of the day (all pick ups after this time will be from the Junior Room)/free play until home time

6:00 pm: Centre closes