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Kids Forever Christian Preschool

for 2-5 year olds


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All About Us

 

Nau mai, Haere mai to Kids Forever Christian Preschool.

We are a wonderful local early childhood centre, serving our Mt Albert community for over 29 years, we are a genuine non-profit charitable organization and our complete focus is on nurturing, caring and educating children, never as a money-making venture or big business model.  Our whole purpose of existing is to provide outstanding care and education, to be a unique out-of-home experience, to share the love of God and to be a blessing to families – we are here to help you! Being non-profit also means we are a very well-resourced centre, as anything earned is invested back into the centre.

Our centre may look small from the outside but once you step through our doors, you’ll see how huge and beautiful it is – it’s a hidden gem! We have a huge, adventure-filled all-weather, covered play area out back, real grass play areas, places to climb and hide, bike tracks, vegetable gardens, a guinea pig hutch and a massive sandpit… we could go on!

We provide convenient hours for working families, open from 8am to 4:30pm Mon – Fri.

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Our Philosophy: Kids Forever is a Christian Preschool established to provide a nurturing environment in which God’s love is demonstrated. Our priority is providing excellent care and education, where each child is accepted and valued as an individual and where they can develop; spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically.

Email us at kidsforever@xtra.co.nz or use the “Send Message” button on the lower right

Latest Review of Kids Forever By a Parent – Koreen Liew-Young  https://www.koreenliewyoung.com/post/kids-forever-the-light-in-isolation

If we could impart one thing to each of our children and their families, it would be love, Aroha. We want you to feel loved, valued and welcome! 

good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instil a love of learning.

The teaching staff at Kids Forever are committed to the philosophies and Christian character of the Preschool. Our teaching team is made up of the most delightful and outstanding teachers who are all very passionate about children; this is not just a job for us, we put our heart and soul into everything we do! We provide wonderful, challenging learning experiences that foster children’s growing sense of themselves as competent and capable learners.

We encourage and support each child individually to gain independent thinking as they explore and make exciting discoveries at our centre. Our team interacts with children in ways that affirm their ideas and choices and enriches their play and conversation. Our team seek to demonstrate Gods love in all their interactions with the children through their personal warmth and professionalism.

All staff model appropriate behaviours, and demonstrate respect for each other and work together for the best interests of the children. We have a committed team approach where individual strengths are recognized and utilized. Open, honest communication between staff is fostered and we desire to constantly improve the quality of the service provided to the children.

The needs of the child are our first consideration, with whanau being central in the decision making concerning their children.

All children will be respected and treated equally regardless of religion, colour, race, gender, condition, or place in the community. No child will be compared with another child, rather are accepted for who they are and where they are at. We want children to be creative and to learn naturally while exploring their environment. We recognize that all children are unique and have their own special needs which require individual attention, within the bounds of acceptable behaviour. We seek to acknowledge this and are considerate of them, both in group situations and individually. Each child will be loved, accepted and made to feel worthwhile, using positive reinforcement rather than negative reinforcement.

The staff of Kids Forever desire to create a warm, welcoming, family-like atmosphere, one of peace and belonging, where the emotional needs of children will be nurtured. We aim to create a bright and attractive child-focused physical environment which is stimulating to the senses and is safe, secure and hygienic. Children’s artwork will be valued and current and thematic displays will be a vital part of the Centre’s decor. Within the centre, there will always be a soothing withdrawal space where a child can retreat to be quiet and reflective.

We have a huge adventure filled all-weather covered play area out back, real grass play areas, places to climb and hide, bike tracks, vegetable gardens, a guinea pig hutch and a massive sandpit, we could go on!

We have learning displayed on the walls updated fortnightly, around centre learning focuses that constantly change depending on the children’s interests. Each week we learn a different bible story and we display the stories with pictures of children learning this in a variety of ways eg. drama, drawing the story, creating art about the story, children telling the story using props etc

Our centre may look small from the outside but once you step through our doors, you’ll see how huge and beautiful it is – it’s a hidden gem! We have a huge,adventure-filled, all-weather covered play area out back, real grass play areas, places to climb and hide, bike tracks, vegetable gardens, a guinea pig hutch and a massive sandpit, we could go on!


Maori as Tangata Whenua

We respect the unique position of Māori as tangata whenua in  Aotearoa/New Zealand.

We encourage an awareness and appreciation of the bi-cultural heritage of our country supporting the Treaty of Waitangi.
The preschool will ensure, keeping in mind our Christian principles and philosophy, that there will be acceptance and acknowledgement of Māori language, customs, values and practices.
 
Maori values, customs and practices will be incorporated throughout the curriculum and programme in the following ways:  

  1. Appropriate greetings including cultural māori greetings
  2. The correct pronunciation of children’s names and place names.
  3. Use of equipment and books which reflect Tikanga Maori.
  4. Incorporating into the music programme appropriate waiata.
  5. Giving thanks to God before food/kai.
  6. Use of natural resources.
  7. Kaiako (Teachers) respect Māori beliefs by carrying out everyday caregiving practices in line with cultural protocols, eg: not sitting on the tables that we eat at.
  8. Kaiako are culturally competent: developing increasing proficiency in the use of te reo and tikanga Māori and able to form responsive and reciprocal relationships with tangata whenua
  9. All children will be able to access te reo Māori, as our kaiako weave te reo Māori and tikanga Māori into the everyday curriculum.
  10. When available, local christian maori people will be invited to introduce to the programme the language, arts, crafts and music of the maori people
  11. In keeping with the Treaty’s commitment of partnership, kaiako will seek to develop mutually positive relationships with mokopuna and whānau.
  12. Visual aids and language prompts are displayed throughout the centre encouraging teachers to extend their knowledge of Te Reo Māori.
  13. Where possible Te Reo Māori is incorporated into areas of the curriculum.
  14. Te Reo Wall displays will be pertinent, kept fresh, updated and valuable.
  15. Basic vocabulary and simple waiata will be communicated to parents through portfolios and all the written documentation and wall displays produced by our Kaiako. A reward system is in place to encourage Kaiako to use te reo naturally throughout everything.
  16. Opportunities will be provided for staff to advance their knowledge and awareness of tikanga maori by attending at suitable courses regularly. The manager will provide resources that support the use of Te Reo.
  17. Before the children arrive each day as a teaching team we will begin with a karakia and bible tuhinga/reading.
  18. All meetings will open and close with a karakia.

education

At Kids forever we provide a perfect mix of learning through structure and play, designed to help your children adapt to school structures easily. We provide children with the opportunity to learn with loving excellent teachers, through, amazing well-planned innovative group times. At Kids Forever children’s imaginations are encouraged and extended. They are able to explore the environment freely and the lessons provided gently help children to understand the world around them, supporting them in learning character-building skills that will benefit them socially, intellectually and emotionally.

The education and care provided for young children at Kids Forever Preschool aims to facilitate the development of self-esteem, confidence, independence and interest in learning. The children are encouraged to extend themselves to the best of their ability according to their individual learning styles and needs.

Every day we have a jam-packed programme that inspires learning and joy within children –  check out our Facebook page for amazing pictures of our innovative centre. 

Each term every child has an individual learning focus that we support them in achieving. As teachers, it is important that we provide opportunities for your child to experience new challenges, co-operative ventures, and sustained projects. These experiences will help to meet their expanding capabilities and provide a smooth transition to school. We encourage the voices of parents/whanau all the way through your children’s journeys at Kids Forever. 

We provide:

  • Teachers and environments that are well resourced, provide appropriate challenges and support children’s widening interests and problem-solving capacities.
  • Opportunities for familiar, but flexible routines, and new and self-directed challenges.
  • Teachers who can encourage sustained conversations, queries, and complex thinking, including concepts of fairness, difference, and similarity.
  • Opportunities to use language to explore and direct thinking and learning tasks.
  • A widening range of resources for creative expression, symbolism, and representation.
  • Recognition of their developing sense of humor, which springs from new understandings about how things “ought” to be.
  • Challenging opportunities which keep pace with their physical coordination and development.
  • Opportunities for independent exploration and movement.
  • A flexible programme which can accommodate children’s spontaneity and whims at a pace that allows them to try things themselves or with others.
  • Responsive and predictable teachers who both understand and accept all children’s developmental swings and needs.
  • Group interactions as well as one-to-one responsive interactions.
  • Teachers who are consistently responsible for, and available to, each child; sociable, loving, and physically responsive teachers who are in tune with a child’s individual needs.
  • Teachers and environments that build trust.
  • A partnership between parents and the other adults involved in caring for the child.

The following practices have been adopted

  1. The activities provided in the centre will be structured around the children’s interests with the opportunity for them to choose what they want to do, thus encouraging independence.
  2. Children will be allowed to experiment with materials and explore their environment within safe boundaries.
  3. Children will be listened to without interruption (whenever possible) and their ideas will be valued and respected. They will be encouraged to ask questions, knowing there is no fear of a negative reaction.
  4. Teacher guidance will be initiated in response to the observation of a child’s interest, with direction given to challenge and extend them where appropriate.
  5. Children will be encouraged and expected to join in the routines of the day which provide stability, familiarity and a sense of positive anticipation.
  6. The children will know that their property and work is respected by the staff and that they are expected in turn to respect the property and work of others and the centre’s resources.
  7. The children will be encouraged to adopt culturally appropriate practices and be required to exhibit good etiquette, behaviour and politeness always.
  8. The children will be encouraged to put away their own belongings and activities when they have finished with them thus contributing to the order and tidiness of the Centre and showing respect for others.
  9. The children will be given encouragement to extend themselves to the best of their abilities and thus develop a sense of personal achievement.
  10. The curriculum will recognize the varied individual learning styles and needs of each child.

Thursday 4-year-old session 
What is this session all about? To encourage children to love learning, to prepare them for the concept of structured learning (like at school) to give children the opportunity to understand the concept of “homework”, and that learning can be fun. To provide children with opportunities to be proud of what they have accomplished and have ownership of their special workbook; the concept of getting their books marked on time, and looking after them.

Every Thursday, the children can participate in making their own lunch together, and instead of doing our usual group session learning ‘tui’ times, we provide our 4-year-olds with the opportunity to learn in small groups with a teacher, this involves hands-on learning activities, occasional worksheets, learning props, ABC cards, or other methods of literacy and numeracy learning in all areas of the curriculum (eg drawing letters in the sandpit, making numbers with sticks and leaves, counting pebbles, etc), with the purpose of preparing children for school in a fun, inclusive and natural way.

 

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