Beginnings Early Learning Centre is a purpose-built care and education facility, catering for children 3mths-6 years. The centre is licensed for 38 children, with excellent teacher/children ratio’s. There is a separate Nursery room which caters to a maximum of 10 children under 2 years, in a calm and nurturing environment.
Located on beautiful Waiheke Island, the centre was established in 2005 and is privately owned by Andrew and Robyn Martin, who have 20 successful years experience in the Early Childhood Sector.
At Beginnings we believe the journey of lifelong learning begins at home and we feel very privileged to be part of each child’s journey. Here at Beginnings we strive to embrace a whanaungatanga approach that encompasses each individual, whānau and the community. The professional team of teachers bring diversity in life experience and opportunities to the centre. We believe that children learn holistically through play in a loving, caring environment where they are encouraged to make their own choices to experiment and explore. Teachers value the importance of being responsive to children’s strengths and interests.
Children are at the heart of everything we do, at Beginnings. Our aspiration for each child is, that they develop a positive attitude and disposition towards learning through play.
The experienced and passionate teaching team, encourage each child to take responsibility for their own learning in an environment that supports children through meaningful experiences, positive social interactions and active exploration.
The teaching team at Beginnings are, well established and highly skilled qualified professionals, who are passionate about the care and education of children. Our specialist support staff have established experience in childcare.
Our Services are listed below
We are open for your convenience from 7.30am until 6:00pm, Monday to Friday. We are closed all statutory and public holidays. The centre is closed for two weeks over the Christmas break.
Routines / Rhythms.
If your child is still in nappies, please supply an adequate amount each day for their needs. We will sensitively support children and their whanau during the process of toilet training in a respectful and unhurried manner.
Our programme is guided by Te Whāriki, the New Zealand curriculum for early childhood education. Our children’s learning growth is celebrated through the holistic learning strands of Belonging, Well-being, Communication, Contribution and Exploration. Children’s strengths, interests and learning dispositions are celebrated within an environment that encourages the children actively participate in their learning journey.
For children who still require a nap during the day, we will work with each child’s established routines to provide consistency and continuity. Your child is welcome to bring a comfort item from home to support the settling process and sleep routine.
Food / Meal Times.
Our cook prepares well-balanced and nutritious meals daily for the children, with an emphasis on seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables. If your child requires specialist dietary requirements, please discuss your child’s needs with staff. Please provide formula or breast milk for your infant child, otherwise the centre can provide standard milk for children who require it.
At meal times we encourage the children to participate in Grace/Karakia. At Beginnings we celebrate Birthdays, Christmas and Easter. Please inform us if you don’t celebrate any of these, or if you celebrate any other religious/cultural traditions.
Beginnings offers 20 ECE hours for all children over the age of 3
We offer a 10% Sibling Discount
Your child may be eligible for a WINZ Childcare subsidy
CHILDREN UNDER 3
6 ½ Hours $62.50
Weekly 6 ½ Hours $260.00
Over 6 ½ Hours $75.00
Weekly full-time fee $310.00
Nursery Sessions $40.00 (4 hours) 9am-1pm or 1pm-5pm. This is only applicable to children under the age of 2 years.
CHILDREN OVER 3
2 Days: $36.00 for under 6.5 Hours and $66.00 for over 6.5 Hours.
3 Days: $54.00 for under 6.5 Hours and $100.00 for over 6.5 Hours.
4 Days: $110.00 for under 6.5 Hours and $155.00 for over 6.5 Hours.
5 Days: $150.00 for under 6.5 Hours and $180.00 for over 6.5 Hours.