Our Rooms

Lollipops Patten Street has five different classrooms catering for different age groups and stages of development.

Kowhai Room

Dedicated to our children aged from 0 – 1, the Kowhai Room provides tailormade care that aligns as closely as possible to individual children’s home routines. Respect and care are at the core of our curriculum. Teachers work very closely with each family to understand the needs of pēpi and build a great sense of shared trust. A range of sensory stimulating experiences are provided on a daily basis.

Daily Rhythm

7:30 am: Centre opens; day starts in Kowhai Room alongside Rata Room children for free play Breakfast available 7:30 – 8:00 am

8:30 am: Children and teachers split into own rooms for free play and planned experiences inside and outside

9:30 am: Morning tea/kai time
*Tamariki are encouraged to sit at the table and eat with their peers, supervised and supported by kaiako. For tamariki who are not sitting yet, a kaiako will prepare their kai and sit with them on the couch, supporting and interacting with them as they eat.

10:00 am: Free play and planned experiences

11:45 am: Lunch/kai time

12:15 pm: Free play and planned experiences

2:30 pm: Afternoon tea/kai time 

3:00 pm: Free play and planned experiences

3:30 pm:  Kowhai and Rata rooms combine for free play and planned experiences

4:15 pm: Late snack

4:30 pm:  Free play and quiet time

6:00 pm: Centre closes

We closely follow tamariki’s cues and routines, supporting them as they navigate their way throughout the day. This is an overall guideline – some tamariki have varying individual routines which we cater to within our room routine.

Rata Room

Rata Room offers a slow paced care driven learning environment for our tamariki aged 1 – 2 years. To inspire curiosity and help children develop gross and fine motor skills, teachers provide a supportive environment. Age and stage appropriate experiences are delivered on daily basis. Research shows that physical development in this age group is very rapid. Therefore, our teaching team actively reflects on the environment and keeps refreshing and resetting it to facilitate such learning. We are lucky to have a large covered deck for continuous discovery play even on wet days.

Daily Rhythm

7:30 am: Centre opens; Rata children start in Kowhai Room for free play
Breakfast is provided between 7:30 and 8:00 am

8:30 am: Rata children move to Rata Room for free play and planned experiences inside and outside

9:30 am: Morning tea/kai time
*Tamariki are encouraged to sit at the table and eat with their peers, supervised and supported by kaiako. For tamariki who are not sitting yet, a kaiako will prepare their kai and sit with them on the couch, supporting and interacting with them as they eat.

10:00 am: Free play and planned experiences

11:45 am: Lunch/kai time

12:30 pm: Sleep time
Free play and planned experiences are provided during this time

2:30 pm: Afternoon tea/kai time 

3:00 pm: Free play and planned experiences

3:30 pm: Kowhai and Rata rooms combine for free play and planned experiences

4:15 pm: Late snack

4:30 pm: Free play and quiet time

6:00 pm: Centre closes

We closely follow the tamariki’s cues and routines supporting them as they navigate their way throughout the day. This is an overall guideline – some tamariki have varying individual routines which we cater to within our room routine.

Rimu Room

This warm and welcoming space is specially created for our 2 – 3 year olds. Our Rimu Room teachers are proud of their inviting, calm and multicultural environment – an environment where children’s emotional and social needs are met, and they are encouraged to build their cultural identity.

Daily Rhythm

7:30 am: Centre opens; Rimu Room children start their day in Pohutukawa Room
Breakfast is provided between 7:30 and 8:00 am

8:30 am: Rimu children move to Rimu Room; discovery play

9:15 am: Hui time on the mat - includes reading, games, days of the week, the weather, and the day ahead

9:30 am: Morning kai time
*Healthy choice first is always encouraged

10:00 am: Discovery play inside and outside -  tables are set up with learning experiences and a teacher led activity which has been planned for the children’s interests

10:30 am: Nappy changing and toileting

11:15 am: Hui time

11:30 am: Lunch/kai time

12:00 pm: Nappies and toileting

12:15 pm: Sleep/quiet discovery play

2:00 pm: Nappy changing and toileting

2:30 pm:  Afternoon kai time
*Healthy choice first is always encouraged

3:00 pm: Inside/outside learning environments are tidied - the children have a choice to tidy up or continue in their discovery play

3:30 pm: Children move to Pohutukawa Room for inside and outside discovery play

4:30 pm:  Late snack/kai

5:00 pm:  Quiet time discovery play

6:00 pm: Centre closes

Pohutukawa Room

The Pohutukawa Room is home to our busy 3 – 4 year olds. Here, teachers encourage independence and self-help skills and children are provided with opportunities to make choices. In the Pohutukawa Room we take pride in celebrating  special days and events and involve whanau in the cultural experiences.  

Daily Rhythm

7:30 am: Centre opens; start in the Pohutukawa Room alongside the Totara Room children for discovery play
Breakfast provided between 7:30 and 8:00 am

8:30 am: Children and teachers split into own rooms for discovery play inside and outside

9:30 am: Hui time on the mat – can include singing, book reading, games, days of the week, weather, and the day ahead

9:50 am: Morning tea/kai time - children sit at the table and independently serve their own kai and water
*Healthy choice first is always encouraged

10:00 am: Discovery play inside and outside -  tables are set up with learning experiences and a teacher led activity focusing on children’s current interests

10:30 am: Nappy changing and toileting

11:45 am: Lunch/kai time

12:15 pm: Discovery play inside and outside -  tables are set up with learning experiences and a teacher led activity focusing on children’s current interests

12:30 pm: Rest/sleep time

2:15 pm: Afternoon tea/kai time – children sit at the table and independently serve their own kai and water
*Healthy choice first is always encouraged.

2:30 pm:  Pohutukawa Room is tidied and set up ready for Totara Room children and teachers to join

3:00 pm: Totara Room children and teachers merge into Pohutukawa Room for inside and outside discovery play

5:00 pm: Late snack/kai

5:15 pm:  Quiet time

6:00 pm: Centre closes

Totara Room

The Totara Room is where our biggest children (4 – 5 years) prepare for the next phase of their learning journey, primary school. Here children are encouraged to build positive dispositions like confidence, resilience, communication and creative thinking. They engage in a number of literacy and numeracy experiences and a daily programme called Pathways to School, which enables them to practice thinking, problem solving, cutting, sorting, grouping and more.

Daily Rhythm

7:30 am: Centre opens; Totara children start their day in Pohutukawa Room
Breakfast club runs until 8:15 am

8:30 am: Totara children move into Totara Room

9:35 am: Welcome hui - children are assigned jobs for the day and we write date, weather and day of the week on the board

9:45 am: Morning tea

10:00 am: Pathways to School Programme - children are encouraged to sit down and engage in experiences which help them build essential skills for primary school

10:20 am: Intentional teaching indoors and outdoors

11:30 am: Tidy up time

11:40 am: Hui

12:00 pm: Lunch time

12:30 pm: Intentional teaching indoors and outdoors

2:30 pm: Tidy up and hui

2:45 pm: Afternoon tea

3:15 pm: Merge with Pohutukawa Room for indoor and outdoor discovery play

5:00 pm: Late snack

6:00 pm: Centre closes