About our Centre
This page includes information about our facilities, local community, ratios and latest ERO reports.
Our early learning centre is divided into four areas which reflect the interests, abilities, and stages of the children who occupy them. Equipment, activities and interactions invite participation and facilitate meaningful experiences. Each room is given a title which refers to the name of native flora purposely reflecting the characteristics of the children within the room.
The centre’s open plan design provides flexibility for the children to mix and mingle, with many opportunities for siblings to pop in and spend time together. Close connections between the rooms facilitate meaningful relationships between all centre members (staff, children and their whänau) which, in turn, promotes the transition between each room as a natural progression.
Each room has its own outdoor play space, landscaped to incorporate features of the natural world, setting the stage for open-ended and multi-sensory learning opportunities. Educators at Ready Steady Play and Babies place great value on this approach to children’s learning as it inspires problem solving, imagination and creativity, evoking the true spirit of the child.
Te Rüma Toitoi
A soft delicate grass we thought suited the babies.
Te Rüma Nïkau
The only palm native to Äotearoa/New Zealand is very special like our toddlers.
Te Rüma Horoeka
A unique small tree that changes dramatically as the tree matures, just like our younger over two children.
Te Rüma Kauri
One of the world’s mightiest trees reflecting our strong and remarkable older over two children.
Our local community
At Ready Steady Play and Babies we are fortunate to have safe and easy access to Clare Park, providing many opportunities to explore the local community and what it has to offer.
Frequent planned and spontaneous excursions include walks along the nearby lane to the horse paddocks, observing pukeko and feeding the ducks on the way, visits to the Travis Wetlands, local playgrounds and Waitäkiri School.
There are multiple opportunities to observe the goings on in the neighbourhood – transportation on the motorway, lawnmowers in the park, sports teams, school sports and neighbours exercising themselves and their dogs.
The park provides a natural extension to our preschool playground where we enjoy picnics under the shade of the trees, roll down the hill, play games and enjoy the thrill of the wide open spaces.
Having a small number of children to a higher number of adults is essential to provide high quality care. It allows educators to have meaningful interactions with the children rather than a supervisory role.
Our educator:child ratio is higher than those required by the Ministry of Education.
Our vision – a home away from home
Where children always want to be and are creating memories as they learn through play – this will lead them on a pathway of lifelong success.
See some of the many things we’ve been up to lately.