Our Rooms

Lollipops North Harbour has three separate buildings, specially designed for each age and stage. This means we can deliver safe, nurturing and age appropriate learning experiences for all our children.

Kiwis

Calm and peaceful, this centre is set up for the youngest members of the Lollipops family – from 3 weeks to 2.5 years. Up until the age of one, our children are assigned one core teacher, who takes on the primary care role. We follow the natural rhythms of each child, respecting individual routines and allowing children to grow and learn at their own unhurried pace.

Daily Routine

7:00 am: Centre opens, breakfast offered

7:30 am: Quiet inside activities

8:00 am: Inside and outside play available (weather permitting)
Planned or free/spontaneous play

9:00 am: Morning hui – come together for karakia and morning greeting

9:15 am: Rolling morning tea starts
All areas of the centre are available for children to play in

9:30 am: Bedtime for children who have two sleeps

10:00 am: Children return to planned activities or free/spontaneous play

11:00 am: Lunch hui – stories, dance, songs and rhymes

11:15 am: Lunch

11:30 am: Bedtime for midday sleepers
Those not eating are supervised by and engaged with teachers

12:00 pm: Bedtime continues

1:00 pm: Uninterrupted play

2:00 pm: Afternoon hui - stories, dance, songs and rhymes

2:15 pm: Rolling afternoon tea
All areas of the centre are available for children to play in

3:00 pm: Children return to planned activities and spontaneous play

4:00 pm: Quiet inside activities; outside area available weather permitting

4:30 pm: Late snack

5:00 pm: Quiet inside activities

5:30 pm: Centre closes

Fantails

This vibrant and engaging centre caters for our toddlers aged from approximately 2.5 to 3.5 years old. Here you’ll find plenty of opportunities for your child to develop their gross and fine motor skills and build confidence through climbing equipment and an environment that supports physical exploratory play. A full core curriculum is offered, and routines include pre-meal mat time, and kai time in which children use real china, and learn to wash their hands, sit at the table and develop self-help skills.

Daily Routine

7:00 am: Centre opens, Breakfast offered.

7:30 am: Breakfast Finished.

8:30 am: Outside and/or deck area opened and available for children.

9:00 am: Morning Meeting (Greeting/welcoming all the children and teachers for the day)

9:15 am – 9:45 am: Rolling morning tea for all children.

10:00 am – 11:00 am: Activities inside and outside

11:00 am: Mat Time – Group 1 (children who are sleeping)

11:15 am: Group 1 Lunch and Group 2 mat time.

11:30 am: Group 1 sleep time and Group 2 Lunch.

12:00 pm: Group 2, toileted and settled to sleep. Non-sleepers to rest and do a quiet activity with the outside teacher.

1:00 pm: Activities inside and outside continue.

2:00 pm: 3:00 pm – Rolling afternoon tea for all children.

3:15 pm: Mat Time – All children encouraged to attend

3:30 pm: Short day session ends, outside and inside remain open.

5:00 pm: Late snack.

5:10 pm – 5:30 pm: Quiet activities.

5:30 pm: Centre closes

Kakapos

This building is home away from home for our children aged from 3 to 5. Here they are encouraged to be independent and take responsibility for themselves, their belongings and actions – crucial preparation for primary school. Divided into different spaces, our Nest is a hub for dramatic play, science and nature, blocks, books and puzzles, while our Art Studio gives children the opportunity to explore clay, paint, collage and beading. Koru Group is our transition to school room, where children explore all seven areas of the New Zealand primary curriculum. Big emphasis is placed around kai times, with a sit down lunch every day that supports self-help skills, independence and social skills.

Daily Routine

7:00 am: Centre opens, breakfast offered

7:30 am: Quiet activities in the dining room

8:00 am: Outside available to children (weather dependent)

8:30 am: Both inside and outside environments available

9:00 am: Morning hui

9:15 am:  Rolling morning tea begins; Koru group starts

11:00 am: Mat time for Kea

11:15 am: Lunch for Kea; Koru group ends

11:45 am: Mat time for Tui

12:00 pm: Tui lunch

12:30 pm: Programme continues; rests offered to those who need it

2:00 pm: Rolling afternoon tea starts

3:00 pm: Mat time for both Kea and Tui; studio is closed and cleared up

3:30 pm: Short day session ends; learning programme continues

4:30 pm: Outside closed for the day; children enjoy quiet activities in the dining room

4:45 pm: Late snack

5:00 pm: Quiet activities

5:30 pm: Centre closes

*The children in the Kakapo Room are split into two groups for lunch times - the younger children are the Kea children and the older group are the Tui children.