Oak Tree Early Childhood Centre is conviently located near Mahurangi College down a quiet cul-de-sac. We have been serving the community for over 25 years and were one of the first childcare facilities in the area.
The staff and Management at The Oak Tree believe that relationships form the key to the education that occurs in our centre.
We offer a homely friendly environment and encourage our families to be involved in our programme. We acknowledge that children contribute to their own learning through the relationships they form and the experiences they have. We provide a safe, warm and caring environment where children want to learn.
We value the reciprocal relationships that we have with parents. By teachers documenting the children's work in a respectful way, we allow children to revisit their learning and help inform parents of the learning that has occurred.
Adults respect the children as confident competent learners and communicators. We encourage each child to reach their full potential by providing a stimulating and interesting environment that allows children to explore and engage in experiences that they plan and carry out.
Children learn best when they engage in experiences that they are interested in and by providing a flexible programme which builds on children's knowledge we believe we provide a quality service to the families of Warkworth.
We welcome you and your child to what we trust will be an extension of your home. By working together we will provide an environment that promotes quality care and education.
We are licensed by the Ministry of Education for 25 children aged two to five years. We hope you and your family enjoy your time at Oak Tree.
The centre opens at 8:00 am and closes at 5.00 pm Monday to Friday. We offer a range of sessions catering for children to attend mornings, afternoons, short days and full days .
The centre owners have employed ECE Management who is a professional early childhood management company to provide the day-to-day management of the centre, giving support to the Supervisor and staff.
The centre is licensed by the Ministry of Education, and receives bulk funding from them. Compliance with the 2008 Education (Early Childhood Centres) regulations is adhered to and is monitored by the Education Review Office.
We operate an open door policy, where parents and family are welcome into the Centre at anytime. Parent participation sends strong positive messages to your child that you support them and are part of the child care environment. There are many levels of parent participation. We appreciate that time is of a premium for all parents, but we will be willing to accommodate any form of involvement you may desire to assist you and your child, which ultimately benefits the whole Centre. The staff sincerely wishes for you and your child to be happy and feel welcomed at our Centre. Be aware that a three-way relationship between parents, caregivers and the child in this setting. Communication is a vital ingredient to the success of this partnership.
Parent involvement in the Centre can be accommodated to meet your availability and commitments. Such as: participate in Excursions, attending special activities and functions in the Centre, suggestions for programming, feedback of our Service through discussion and questionnaires, attending Parent/Teacher Nights.
Parents are kept informed of centre activities through newsletters and notices posted at the entranceway and information on the parent's notice board.
Our high staff ratios ensure we provide a quality developmentally age and stage appropriate programme. This means both group and individual children's needs and learning styles are recognized and consequently met. Learning activities and goals are relevant to each child's development allowing them to progress at their own rate. We also offer a transition to school programme for our children of that specific age group. Programmes are evaluated on a regular basis and are founded on the guiding principles of Te Whaariki the early childhood curriculum from the Ministry of Education. Through the provision of stimulating age appropriate activities our children will become capable, competent and self-motivated learners; build positive self-esteem and have confidence in their own abilities and skills.
Individual children's portfolios are kept. Parents are welcome to discuss their child's individual progress and development with staff members. We endeavour to provide an atmosphere that is warm, accepting and welcoming to both children and their families.
Values and goals
To value and respect each child as an individual. To extend and develop each child's skills, knowledge and interests through successful experiences which encourage the development of a healthy self-concept and positive self-esteem.
To encourage social development so each child learns to interact successfully in a variety of situations.
To be sensitive and respectful of varied cultural practices.
To provide an environment that encourages children to develop their capabilities and interests at their own pace and according to their individual needs.
To provide a warm, nurturing and safe environment that encourages the development of the whole child.
To be a support to all families in all aspects of each child's development.
To ensure that communication will be a two way process, which recognizes parents as the primary care givers.
To provide qualified experienced and caring staff to meet the needs of the individual child.
Settling your child
Making a change to group care for your child can be very scary. Often children do not understand why they are feeling anxious and may be unable to tell us. Parents may also find it difficult and emotional adjusting to their child's new situation. We want to help make this adjustment as easy as possible.
We recommend that you visit the centre several times prior to the starting. Please speak to staff about anything special that you would like us to know about your child.
If you are upset and emotional try not to convey this, as children are very tuned into how you are feeling. Never sneak out without saying goodbye. This can make the departure the next day more difficult. Staff can deal with upset children well and you are always welcome to call when you reach your destination. When it is time for you to leave, give kisses and hugs and say goodbye – don't delay your departure. Each child settles in differently and tears are common, but staff will provide comfort and support to ensure the transition is a positive experience.
All fees are to be paid by automatic payment, eftpos or cash. Fees must be paid at least one week in advance. Those who wish to pay monthly or fortnightly may do so as long as fees remain in advance. Fees are paid on enrolment of days, not on attendance; this includes absence through sickness. (Please refer to our Fees Schedule).
Our centre offers Free 20 hour funding subsidy from the Ministry of Education for 3 and 4 year old children. To be eligible for a fee reduction, an attestation form must be completed and kept updated.
Work and Income operates a subsidy for parents whose children attend the Centres. The subsidy is subject to an income qualification. Contact Work and Income for further information and forms. Full payment of fees is the caregiver's responsibility and will be required until a subsidy has been approved.
Parents provide a lunch box, with lunch and afternoon tea for their children. If your child attends in the morning kindly also bring a piece of fruit to place in the fruit bowl, which will be cut up for shared morning tea. This is preparing children for their next step of entering school. Please provide a named bottle with water in.
It is important that any food allergies be advised to staff so they can be posted in the kitchen and dining areas and strictly followed. Please note that we are a nut and whole egg free zone.
Routine toileting times are encouraged before meals and naps to encourage good habits and independence in children who are ready. During toilet training, staff will endeavour to support efforts made at home. Please feel free to discuss your special needs with staff.
Please make sure you send plenty of changes of clothes during this time, as a few accidents are unavoidable. Parents must supply sufficient nappies for their child's day. All nappies are to be disposable.
All children are offered the opportunity to have a special time to relax or rest during the day.
It is our policy that if a child falls asleep, they are in need of a rest and will not be woken unless requested by parents personally.
What will you need to bring?
We ask that you bring at least one change of clothing each day. It is important that every article of clothing, including footwear is named. It is difficult for staff to remember whom all items belong to, so we appreciate your support with this.
In winter we like children to have two pairs of footwear. We find that the gumboots/shoes they wear outside often get wet. It is warmer for the children if they have a pair of slippers or dry shoes to wear inside.
All children must wear a hat on sunny days. Please apply sunscreen before arriving; more will be applied as needed. If your child is allergic to sunscreen, we ask that you provide special sunblock yourself. Children who do not have a hat will have to play inside.
Our child behaviour management policy is based on the importance of respect and dignity for the child, acknowledging and accepting children's feelings and encouraging these feelings to be expressed. Steps that we take towards establishing good behaviour management include: -
Setting and maintaining appropriate limits of behaviour
Explaining the appropriate uses of materials and equipment
Reinforcing positive behaviour with praise
Explaining why a behaviour is inappropriate or unacceptable and providing acceptable options
Offering children choices and encouraging decision making.
Setting realistic expectations which are age and stage appropriate
All staff encouraged to model non-violent behaviour for the children's interactions with each other.
Feel free to pop in for a visit at any time or phone us for a comprehensive copy of our parent information handbook.