Infants & Toddlers | Jack & Jill Educare | Child Care | Hamilton

Development and learning

Development and learning

High-quality early education and child care for young children improves their health and promotes their development and learning. Early education includes all of a child’s experiences at home, in child care, and in other preschool settings. When care is consistent, developmentally sound, and emotionally supportive, there is a positive effect on both child and family.

PRIMARY CARE POLICY

Jack & Jill Educare’s policy of primary care provides for trusting relationships to develop for child and parent with our teachers. Importance is placed on children having time to explore through free play in a safe, supportive, calm environment. Care routines are based on the needs of individual children and the wishes of parents and whanau, and our staff are always happy to discuss with families any aspect of their child’s development, learning and their daily experiences within the Centre.

The under twos provide a programme which allows children to make their own decisions and set their own problems. Programme planning is based on common themes developed from the children’s interests.

Babies – Building trusting relationships

At Jack & Jill Educare we know that when it comes to your precious baby, you want peace of mind that when they’re not with you, they are in loving, safe, experienced and trusted hands.

If this is the first time you and your baby are facing separation we recommend planning some shorter “transition” visits initially, This will allow you, and your baby, time to become a little more familiar with the environment and our great team of staff before you leave them for a longer period of time.

We work as closely as possible with parents and home routines so that your baby is able to go down for their regular sleeps without totally disrupting any established routines that you have in place.

Toddlers – Fostering active minds

Toddlers (18 months to 2 1/2) have special educational needs, which often get overlooked in a busy centre, with the needs of infants and the demands of older children often taking priority. Our new extended transition programme allows for these children to spend time in both the under and over two environments where they are supported to develop the skills and independence required for a smooth transition to the over twos.

We ensure that our toddlers have the opportunity to enjoy some activities focused at their developmental level without the interference of older children or infants.

Our new toddler room is open for our two year old children between 9.00am – 3.00pm each day. This programme allows for the toddlers to be supported to develop the skills and independence they will require before they reach three years of age. This then ensures that they have the opportunity to enjoy some activities focused at their developmental level without the interference of older children or infants.

Transitions

Once your child turns two, staff will support both you and your child through the transition to the over two area. Our new extended transition programme allows for toddlers to spend time in both the under and over two areas.

 

OUR UNDER 2’S TEAM

Emma McMorran – Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) NZTC Registered – Team Leader

Tiffany Hedges – Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) NZTC Provisional Registration

Rowena James – Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) NZTC Provisional Registration

Kerryn Pearce – Registered New Zealand Karitane Nurse

Sherry Xue – Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) NZTC Provisional Registration