We welcome your interest in enrolling your child at Little Acorns. Here is some initial information about under 2’s room; Rimu.
In Rimu, the children are free to choose what activities they will explore and engage in. The teachers will offer a range of small ‘group’ times that may involve singing, puppets, reading a book etc but it is optional for your child to join in.
Everyday experiences include:
- Outdoor play/activities-balls, climbing, sandpit, bikes
- Art and Craft activities-painting, collage, drawing
- Building and construction-blocks, natural materials
- Reading, story-telling, puppets
- Music-singing, instruments
- Dramatic play-dolls, dress ups, role playing, dance
- Manipulative play-puzzles, stacking
- Sensory-playdough, water play, messy play
- Experimentation- science, sand, water, gardening
Your child will have a ‘’Primary Carer’ when they start at Little Acorns who will spend as much one-to-one time with them as necessary to help create emotional security for your child. This person will also be responsible for your child’s care routines (feeding, changing, getting to sleep) so that your child can develop a strong and secure relationship within the centre environment.
We encourage you to come for settling visits (where you stay with your child) for which there is no charge.
Children can take just days, to several weeks to settle fully. Depending on your child’s personality, their age, the frequency of attendance etc.
You know your child best. The teachers are experienced in settling new children and will help them to feel safe and secure and encourage them to become involved in activities after you have left.
You are welcome to ring the centre at any time to check if your child has settled well or to see how they are doing. We can even txt you to let you know. We will always tell you the truth and would contact you, if we were unable to settle your child.
At this stage, we believe that children’s needs take precedence over any routines that may be convenient for the centre or the staff. Eating, sleeping, and toileting will happen as the children need them and in accordance with parents’ wishes.
Food and Drink
Children bring their own lunch, snacks, and water bottle. We encourage children to have a healthy and fulfilling lunch. We discourage lollies and fizzy.
Please make sure your child has enough food to last the whole day. We are happy to reheat food for your child using the microwave, or to make toast.
If your child is having bottles of breastmilk or formula, or is to be fed solid food, we will prepare and give these in accordance with our Food and Nutrition policy.