Our Rooms

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

Whakato

This safe, cosy and welcoming space is our nursery room for our youngest children, aged from 3 months.

Daily Routine

“Whakato – to plant, introduce and nurture.”

Welcome to our beautiful, calm home away from home! In Whakato we strive to be that peaceful space where care, nurturing and love comes naturally. We pride ourselves on our ability to build loving attachments with our youngest children. We understand that leaving your baby in the care of others for the first time can be very unsettling, and scary. We welcome you to join us for as many pre-settling visits as you are able to fit in. The more visits you can fit in, the more you will feel at ease as we get to know each other and your baby.

7:30 am:  Our classroom opens, we welcome families and children and share in your aspirations.

9:15 am:  We have morning kai together. This is prepared in our kitchen. The children are served their kai by a teacher while we sit together at the table. Where possible the children are given the opportunity to feed themselves and eat using finger foods.

9:30 am:   Learning through play: children learn when they are engaged in intentional play experiences with their peers, teachers and alongside those around them. Our teachers plan and implement interactive challenging learning experiences that support the development of your child’s learning priority.

11:00 am:  Kai time: we are so lucky to have a prepared lunch from our wonderful centre cook

11:30 am:  Learning through play and exploration.

2:00 pm:   Afternoon kai.

2:30 pm:   Learning through play and exploration.
Our children have their own sleep and bottle routines that are incorporated throughout the day. Each child will be supported through these routines.

5:45 pm:   Centre closes.

*Please note that this is a flexible time table and the needs of the children will always come first.

Tupu

This is our toddler room for children up to 2.5years. It has everything toddlers need for fun and learning, including an indoor fort!

Our Whakato and Tupu rooms share an open plan play area with a wraparound deck.

Daily Routine

“Tupu – to grow, increase and develop.”

Tupu is a fun, exciting, busy classroom with such wonderful wee explorers! Our tamariki are developing a wide range of vocabulary within this age group and challenge themselves for their own independence. Our teaching team support the children’s desire to be independent by allowing them opportunities to take the lead in their own care routines.

7:30 am:  Our classroom opens and we welcome all our friends to begin their day.

9:15 am:  We have morning kai together. This is prepared in our kitchen. The children are served their kai by a teacher however they are encouraged to gather their plates from the table and put them away when completed.

9:30 am:  Learning through play: children learn when they are engaged in spontaneous and intentional play experiences with their peers, teachers and alongside those around them. Our teachers plan and implement interactive challenging learning experiences that support the development of your child’s learning priority.

11:00 am:  Children’s hui: this is where our children engage in a calm relaxing time before we sit down for lunch. The children like to pick the stories for this time of day.

11:15 am:  Kai Time: we are so lucky to have a prepared lunch from our wonderful cook in the kitchen. This can be a range of hot home cooked meals, or a mixture of sandwiches and wraps. The children in Tupu also get a vegetable mash each day.

12:00 pm:  Bed time: for those children who go to bed or simply need a rest. Our children have their own bed in the sleep room where they are supported by a teacher/s to nod off to sleep. For the children who have outgrown sleeps, they continue to explore both inside and out as learning through play continues.

2:30 pm:  Afternoon kai time: the children have their kai as a group where possible. The children also have their kai once they have woken from their sleep.

2:45 pm:  Exploration: this is a time for our children to engage with and explore their space and get ready for home time.

5:45 pm:  Centre closes.

*Please note that this is a flexible time table and the needs of the children will always come first.

 

Puawai

This space caters for our children aged 2.5 to 3.5 years old and has lovely high ceilings and a separate sleep room.

Daily Routine

“Puawai – to bloom, come into fruition.”

We would like to warmly welcome you and your whanau into Puawai room. As the Kaiako in this classroom, we pride ourselves on being friendly, approachable, and welcoming to all whanau and see the importance in building and maintaining reciprocal relationships with our Puawai tamariki and their whanau.

In Puawai the Kaiako set up new table top provocations to spark thought and interest, while our outdoor environment is shared with Pakari room, promoting tuakana-teina (younger children learning from older). Each day there’s something new to explore and learn about.

7:30 am:  Our classroom opens and we welcome our tamariki in.

9:20 am:   We start our day with a morning mat time where we sing songs together, welcome our friends, read stories, count and engage in action songs.

9:45 am:   We have morning kai together. This is prepared in our kitchen. The children are encouraged to use the tongs to serve their own kai, gather their plates from the table and put them away when completed.

10:00 am:   Learning through play: children learn when they are engaged in intentional play experiences with their peers, and alongside those around them. Our teachers plan and implement interactive challenging learning experiences that support the development of your child’s learning priority.

11:30 am:   Children’s hui: this is where our children take the lead and share their favourite part of the day, a calm relaxing time before we sit down for lunch.

11:45 am:  Kai time: we are so lucky to have a prepared lunch from our wonderful cook in the kitchen. This can be a range of hot home cooked meals, or a mixture of sandwiches and wraps.

12:30 pm:  Bed time: for those children who go to bed or simply need a wee rest. Our children have their own bed in the sleep room where they are supported by a teacher to nod off to sleep. For the children who have outgrown sleeps, now is the time they get to explore both indoors and out, as learning through play continues.

2:30 pm:   Afternoon mat time where we sing songs together, farewell our friends, read stories, count and engage in action songs.

3:00 pm:   Exploration: this is a time for our children to engage with and explore their space.

4:00 pm:   We join in with the older children again until it’s our home time.

5:45 pm:    Centre closes.

Pakari

This is where our oldest children prepare for their transition to school.

Puawai and Pakari share the play space outside which has its own deck and a covered sand pit.

Daily Routine

“Pakari – to mature, be strong and stand tall.”

Welcome to our fun and energetic classroom where our children love to create, wonder, explore and socialise. Making new discoveries and being hands on is what the children in this classroom love the most. We have action packed days and no one day is the same. Our children love to ask “What, why and how” and we love to support them in acquiring new knowledge as we research and explore together.

7:30 am:   Our classroom opens, and we welcome our friends for the day.

8:30 am:   The door to the great outdoors is opened and we begin our adventures (weather dependent).

9:30 am:   4 year old session, this is where we dive into age and stage challenges (open to all children if they wish to join in).

9:45 am:   Morning kai: the Pakari children serve themselves with the tongs and are encouraged to put their cups and plates on the trolley.

10:00 am:   Learning through play, exploration and intentional teaching experiences to support and build on each child’s individual strengths and interests.

11:30 am:   Children’s hui: this is where the whole class gathers to share stories, dance, sing, count and engage in social experiences as a group.

11:45 am:   Lunch time. We are very lucky to have a kitchen on site with two amazing cooks who prepare us fresh home cooked meals daily.

12:00 pm:   Learning through play continues, this is a fantastic opportunity to revisit experiences and learning from the morning session, engage in intentional experiences with the teachers or explore the environment while allowing children to take charge of their own learning.

2:15 pm:   Afternoon kai time.

2:30 pm:   Learning through play continues.

4:00 pm:   We join with the younger children until it’s our home time. Our Pakari children love this time of the day where they can help, nurture and support the younger tamariki.

5:45 pm:   Centre closes.