Owls Nest Preschool
At Owls Nest Preschool our goal as an early childhood service is to provide children with a rich environment where they feel safe to explore, initiate their own learning, and express themselves.
We will help encourage every child to build relationships with each other and the teachers at the preschool.
We believe in creating an environment which is homely, safe and stimulating.
We believe that children are motivated to learn when they have opportunities to make their own choices in an environment that is both enriching and stimulating.
Children are by nature curious and we strive to ensure this curiosity is encouraged by positive interactions so that they feel safe to explore their surroundings and their own individuality.
We believe that children benefit from practices that are grounded in solid research. The Owl’s Nest philosophy is therefore based on the work of theorists Jean Piaget (development stage theory) and Lev Vygotsky (zone of proximal development) and the early childhood movement from Reggio Emilia, Italy.
Te Whāriki, the New Zealand early childhood curriculum is the document that underpins and guides our teaching practice. Our educators use Te Whāriki to plan meaningful learning experiences with the goal of positive outcomes for all our children. Te Whāriki embodies the following aspiration for children:
“to grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body, and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society.”
What makes us special?
Our Reggio Emilia inspired service provides the highest quality care in a purpose built Centre. Fully qualified staff working collaboratively with families in a homely and welcoming environment.
The Owls Nest Preschool caters for a maximum of 28 children aged between 2 and 5 years old.
We have a ratio of one teacher for every seven children which is well below the Ministry of Education requirement (one teacher to every ten children).
This smaller sized preschool allows more teacher time per child which creates a more calm and relaxed environment for children to grow and develop. It also allows meaningful reciprocal relationships between whānau and caregivers, children and the team to evolve.
We have a large and spacious outdoor play area with plenty of room for our children to run and play with lots of real grass.
We also back onto Englefield Reserve with a locked gate access and the children will have opportunities to be taken on excursions to the Reserve.
The classroom space is also light, airy and warm for those chilly indoor days.
Nutritious and delicious morning and afternoon teas will be prepared on site and served to the children daily.