Our Rooms

Lollipops Grey Lynn has three separate buildings which cater for each age and stage, enabling us to deliver safe, nurturing and age appropriate learning experiences for all our children.  We also have a special outside area which we call our sports field. This is where we conduct lots of our outdoor physical activities and hold special events.

Nursery

Our birth to 2 year olds enjoy all the benefits of primary caregiving in our R.I.E. inspired Nursery, which includes its own separate outdoor play space. The environment is respectful, calm and nurturing, and provides a welcoming space where children set their own pace. Teachers build long lasting reciprocal relationships with children and families, working in close partnership to ensure each child’s home routine is continued at the centre.

Daily Routine

7:30 am: Centre opens and settling children

8:30 am: Opening outside environment (weather dependent)

9:15 am: Rolling morning tea

9:30 am: Children are encouraged to engage in play and learning activities/free play

11:00 am:  Rolling lunch

12:00 pm: Sleep/free play inside and outside

1:00 pm: Catering for individual child’s routine and needs

2:00 pm:  Rolling afternoon tea

3:00 pm: Short day sessional children prepared for going home

3.30 pm: Short day sessional children go home

4:00/4:30 pm: Tidy up time for outside/children prepare for going home

5:00 pm: Late snack

5:30 pm: Centre closes

This routine is flexible to meet children’s needs throughout the day.  Children sleep and have bottles as required for their individual routine, and meal times are also flexible depending on their needs. Learning experiences are provided throughout the day. Nappies are checked every two hours, before children go to sleep, when they wake up, and then again before they go home, as per centre policy.

Cottage

Our Cottage caters for our 2 to 3 year olds and is set up just like a home away from home. Programmes are based around each individual child and are delivered at a relaxed pace that develops children’s individual strengths and nurtures their needs.

Daily Routine

7:30 am: Room opens, settle in time

8:30 am: Outside area is open/on rainy days use of wet weather space is available

9:15 am: Morning mat time and karakia

9:30 am: Rolling morning tea/free play inside and outside

10:00 am: Free play

  • Inside/outside flow
  • Appropriate activities set up

11:00 am: Mat time and Karakia

  • Special centre activity (Tuesdays) - Playball lessons at 11:00 – 11:40 am
  • Special centre activity (Wednesdays) - Jitterbubs Dancing 11:00 am

11:30 am: Rolling lunch

12:00 pm: Rolling Sleep time for those who require it, free play for all other children

2:30 pm: Afternoon tea

2:45 pm: Free play/packing up outside and preparing short day children for home time

3:30 pm: Farewell to short day children and tidy inside Cottage

4:00 pm: Cottage Room closes, children join Preschool

This routine is flexible to meet children’s needs throughout the day.  Children sleep as required for their individual routine, and meal times are also flexible depending on their needs. Learning experiences are provided throughout the day. Nappies are checked and toileting reminders are given every two hours, before children go to sleep, when they wake up, and then again before they go home, as per centre policy.

Preschool

Set up to cater for our 3 to 5 year olds, our well equipped Preschool includes an amazing art studio space where children immerse themselves in messy play, creative endeavours and project work.

We also run an excellent transition to school programme for the older children, delivered by a qualified teacher with a primary school background. This builds the skills kids need to truly thrive at primary school.

Daily Routine

7:30 am: Centre opens

  • Children settle into their choice of provided activities
  • Free play inside and art room

8:30 am: Outside area opens/on rainy days use of wet weather space is available

9:15 am: Morning mat time and karakia

9:30 am: Transition to School children go into art studio for morning tea and project work – remaining children have rolling morning tea/free play. At morning tea, children use tongs and self-serve with support

10:00 am: Free play inside and outside, project work or planning topic activities

  • Outside play including sandpit, water, running, climbing and jumping
  • Tables are set with activities the children have chosen
  • Arts and crafts available
  • Teacher-led activities to extend skills, knowledge and attitude

11:15 am: Mat time

11:30 am: Handwashing and lunch

  • Children clear the space when finished, and put their cup and plate away

12:00 pm: Free play inside and outside

12:30 pm: Sleep time for those sleeping/nappies (for those that need this)

2:15 pm: Mat time and karakia

2:30 pm: Afternoon tea

3:00 pm: Tidy and close art studio area

3:30 pm: Short day sessional children go home/free play inside and outside Prepare for Cottage children to join Preschool

4:00 pm: Tidy up outside area/free play inside and outside

5:00 pm: Late snack and preparing for children to go home

5:30 pm: Centre closes


Special Activity Days and Times

Mondays, 10:30 am:  Spanish lessons

Tuesdays, 10:00 – 11:00 am: Playball lessons

Wednesdays, 10:30 am: Jitterbubs Dancing

Thursdays, 1:30 – 3:30 pm: Kids baking & decorating classes

Fridays: Local excursions into the community with groups of 8-12 of the children and 2-3 teachers

This routine is flexible to meet children’s needs throughout the day.  Children sleep as required for their individual routine, and meal times are also flexible depending on their needs. Learning experiences are provided throughout the day. Nappies are checked and toileting reminders are given every two hours, before children go to sleep, when they wake up, and then again before they go home, as per centre policy.