Kiddie Garden Learning Corner – New Zealand’s Trusted Early Education Specialist for Children from 3 months to 5 years old.

What happens if my child gets hurt?

All our permanent staff are trained in First Aid. If your child is hurt, we will ensure your child is well taken care of and you will be notified. An Accident and Illness report will be completed for you to sign when you collect your child at the end of the day.

Can I bring in food for my child?

We ask that you do not provide food for your children as this tends to reduce the interest in the wholesome menu we provide. We also need to ensure children are not sharing food from their bags with other children who may have allergies. Please remember we are a nut Free Centre.

What if my child needs breakfast?

We welcome your child having breakfast at Kiddie Garden as we understand early mornings. Please provide breakfast to the centre if you wish your child to have breakfast at centre. We do ask that children have their breakfast prior to 08.00 and we are unable to give after 8am as it may disrupt their eating patterns throughout the day. Please provide all food and milk for your child’s breakfast, and please ensure there are no nuts present e.g. peanut butter, Nutella.

What should I bring for my Child’s birthday?

We at Kiddie Garden value the importance birthdays and other significant celebrations our families have in their households. we encourage the children to share their special celebrations with us. Many families celebrate these occasions with party food we encourage this to be left for at home celebrations. We encourage parents to bring in other items such as balloons, party hats or fruit platters instead of ‘party foods’ as we will not give children ‘party foods’ that are generally high in colours, sugars, salt and preservatives. If a birthday cake is required, then a small plain sponge is ideal. Please ensure there are no nuts present.

Do all the children sleep during the day?

Children in the infant room have sleep routines which are like their home routine. All other children between the ages of 2-4 years are encouraged to have a rest / sleep after lunch. If you have specific requests regarding your child’s sleep routine, please share this with your child’s teacher. We provide all the bedding and ask you to bring in a named pillow case for hygienic storage of your child’s bedding.

Can teacher’s toilet train my child?

Our staff are here to assist you during this tricky time. We encourage you to wait until your child is showing signs of toilet learning. We are aware that this can be a stressful time for both you and your toddler. While going through this process we ask that you ensure plenty of spare changes of clothing are provided and plastic bags for sending soiled clothing home in. Shoes that can be rinsed are also ideal (such as gumboots or crocs.) Please share your success and failures with us from home, as we incorporate these into our toilet learning process with your child to ensure your child is receiving constant and appropriate messages.

How does Kiddie Garden manage behaviours?

At Kiddie Garden we use positive child guidance techniques with the children. We aim to guide the children’s behaviour in a way that allows the children to make their own appropriate choices, feeling confident and valued.

We use a traffic light imagery for all our rooms, which discusses behaviours that will not be tolerated – Red, behaviours that will be assessed before teacher intervention – Orange and behaviours that will be encouraged – Green.

Re-direction is the preferred choice of behaviour guidance, as is discussion and reasoning. Please feel free to talk to a teacher in your child’s room if you have any concerns about your child’s behaviour.

What is Active Movement?

We are dedicated to ensuring your children remain active and healthy in their play. We believe that active movement provides children with the opportunity to develop strength and control over the muscles in their bodies and ideas about keeping themselves healthy through healthy eating and hygiene practices. In each of our rooms, staff are offered professional development to ensure that your children are receiving age appropriate and current practice regarding active movement sessions and moving smart. Out daily movement ensures there is plenty of play for crossing the midline. See website more info on midline activities: