At Bumblebees Glen Innes we provide an environment that is nurturing, engaging and warm. We do this through participating in honest, open and reciprocal relationships with all of our community; with children, with parents and whānau, with extended family, between teachers and with the centre owners.
Within our environment we value a holistic approach to engaging with children, ensuring that their emotional, physical, cognitive and spiritual beings are nurtured and cared for in a warm and respectful manner. The children are the reason that we have a fun, caring, loving team of well qualified and experienced teachers that love what they do. The teaching team acknowledges that parents and whānau are the first teachers, and thus want to work in collaboration with our families to create the best experience for the child.
Play is the child’s biggest and best teacher and thus our philosophy is based around the principle that play is the most important part of the day. The children are individuals that learn and play at their own pace and with their own agenda. Children need to direct a part of the journey that encompasses their learning and care, and so we value child directed play, curiosity and independent enquiry. We endeavour to listen to the child and create an environment that stimulates, continues or extends the learning path that they are following.
The Treaty of Waitangi is the founding document of partnership between the Māori and Pākehā cultures that were New Zealand’s first peoples, and we at Bumblebees follow this document. Although New Zealand is a nation founded on two cultures, it has evolved into a multi-cultural nation and thus we respect and enjoy all of the cultures that make up our Centre and our Country. We follow Te Whāriki, which is the curriculum for Early Childhood in New Zealand.
It is also one of our aspirations to care for the environment. By teaching and guiding our children to have a vested interest in nature and their environment, we ensure that the next generation will look after the future of our planet. We encourage children to care for and respect all things in their environment, people, animal, resources, nature and our friends.
We believe that Bumblebees should be like a second home to the children that come here and that they should leave here as well rounded children that are competent, capable and resilient, prepared for the next step in their lives.
Our curriculum is based on Te Whāriki – the New Zealand Early Childhood Education Curriculum. As we set out to educate and care for each child, our curriculum provides infants, toddlers and young children with wonderful experiences that focus on the following principles:
Empowerment - our early childhood curriculum empowers the child to learn and grow
Holistic Development - our early childhood curriculum reflects the holistic way children learn and grow
Family and Community - the wider world of family and community is an integral part of early childhood curriculum
Relationships - children learn through responsive and reciprocal relationships with people, places and things
Through the guidance of qualified and experience educators, these principles are woven into place with the following strands:
Well-being - the health and well-being of the child are protected and nurtured
Belonging - children and their families feel a sense of belonging
Contribution - opportunities for learning are equitable and each child’s contribution is valued
Communication - the languages and symbols of children’s own and other cultures are promoted and protected
Exploration - the child learns through active exploration of the environment
Our curriculum is split into three rooms and includes stimulating and well planned activities to support each child’s learning at each stage. There is a good balance between education and play. Our activities include play (creative, manipulative, physical, dramatic, theatrical, water, social, and extended), science, maths, reading books, storytelling, construction, cultural activities, life skills, character development, music, dance, performing arts, information technology, and lots more. Activities are managed according to each stage of development through lots of supervision from well qualified and experience staff. A holistic approach allows for learning opportunities to occur naturally for each child in every activity and development is focused around individual interests.
PARENTS AND WHĀNAU
We value the contribution of parents and whānau to their child’s learning – we see them as the first teacher for their child. There are lots of ways that we involve parents in the care and education of their children. We love to hear about the aspirations that you have for your child's learning and time here at Bumblebees. You will be included and informed at each step of your child’s development and be invited to contribute in a number of ways.
Each child’s development is monitored closely and collected in a variety of ways thorough assessment strategies. Learning portfolios are put together by teachers which document how each child learns over the year. Opportunities are provided for parents and whānau to meet with teachers to view and discuss their portfolios – we welcome any feedback from parents concerning their child’s learning.
Portfolios may also be available on-line with each parent’s permission through Story Park. They are a great way to keep up to date with what your child has been up to at Bumblebees. You can log into the secure platform from wherever you are in the world and see what’s been happening in their day, view photos, videos and comment on their activities.
Our Mānuka Room for under two-year olds is a safe haven for our youngest tamariki/children who deserve responsive and trusting relationships with warm, sensitive and emotionally nurturing teachers/kaiako. We practice with a gently and respectful approach and promote free movement to allow children to explore at their own pace.
Our room is a calm, safe and predictable environment where our youngest tamariki can thrive. We aim to support a sense of their own identity, a sense of mana whenua (belonging) and tūrangawaewae (a place to stand).
At Bumblebees, we believe that our youngest tamariki deserve a space that caters to the needs of each unique personality, therefore we provide a holistic, fun and inviting learning environment. We are child let and aim to evoke curiosity and build resilience with kaiako that adjust to the rhythm of each child.
Given the right environment a child will flourish. We are guided by the kaupapa of AKO where we are on the learning journey together, grounded in whanaungatanga whereby family and relationships are at the heart of our practise. We value manaakitanga where we respect each other and our rich learning environment.