AMAZING PLACE PRESCHOOL
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Where is Amazing Place Preschool?
You’ll find Amazing Place Preschool at 87 Sunset Road, Western Heights, Rotorua. Look out for the colourful heart on the signs at the front of our centre.
What age groups do you cater for?
Amazing Place Preschool cares for children aged 6 months to 5 years in a mixed age group, open plan centre. We have dedicated teachers for each age group who are responsible for ensuring age appropriate support, care and routines.
What are your hours of operation and session times?
Our centre operates Monday to Friday, from 8am – 4.30pm each day. Both full time and sessional care is available.
Does Amazing Place Preschool close during school holidays?
No, it’s business as usual for Amazing Place Preschool throughout the school holidays. We close on public holidays and for two weeks during the Christmas/New Year period.
Do you offer 20 Hours ECE?
Under the government ‘20 Hours ECE’ scheme all three to five year olds can qualify for a subsidy on up to 20 hours early childhood education (ECE). You can use your 20 hours ECE subsidy at Amazing Place Preschool. Please note that the scheme allows for up to 20 hours in total per week, but only six hours in total per day. If your child requires more than six hours of care on any given day an hourly rate will be payable for the additional hours.
What are your fees?
Fees payable will depend on the number of hours your child will require and how those hours are allocated. Please contact us to discuss how our Fee Schedule would apply to your situation.
I am waiting for my child to qualify for the 20 Hours ECE subsidy when they turn three. Can I secure a place for my child in your kindergarten unit before this?
Yes, you can. It’s a good idea to get prepared early and we recommend that you arrange a centre visit with your child and fill out our application form. Children on our approved waiting list are guaranteed a place when they turn three years old.
What is your ‘settling in’ process?
We require children to have a minimum of two visits accompanied by a parent, grandparent, family member or guardian before they officially begin. This helps ease your child into their new environment and to have the safety of a familiar presence while he or she begins to build secure relationships with our teachers. We provide up to three visits free of charge.
Can I stay with my child during their sessions?
Yes, absolutely. We have an open door policy and parents/whānau are very welcome to be involved in our daily programme at any time. When teachers and parents work together for the good of each child, everybody wins.
What is the process for enrolment?
The first step is to come and visit our centre with your child and meet our teachers. During this visit you will receive our Enrolment Pack and if you would like to proceed, someone from our team will make a time to fill out the forms with you and arrange start dates, fee payments and settling-in sessions.
Who Owns Amazing Place Preschool?
We are one of five early childhood education and care centres operating under the umbrella of Bethlehem Early Learning Centres (BELC). BELC is a subsidiary of the Christian Education Trust (CET) and is governed by an experienced board of professionals who are passionate about providing transformative education with Christian values.
Do you embrace and encourage cultural diversity?
We enjoy having families from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds in our centre and we celebrate the richness and colour this brings to our centre community. We value New Zealand’s bi-cultural heritage and honour the principles and the spirit of the Treaty of Waitangi in our relationships and in our culturally responsive teaching practice.
What do you provide in the way of food?
We provide a healthy morning and afternoon tea for children. Parents of children who attend during lunchtime need to provide a packed lunch for their child. We encourage you to supply a healthy and balanced meal, which will help your child develop good eating habits. We have a ‘nut-free’ policy at Amazing Place Preschool to protect children who have dangerous allergic reactions to nuts.
How will we know what our child has been learning?
We document, support and extend children’s individual learning and strengths at our centre. Each child has an individual portfolio, which is a collection of some of his or her work, photographs, observations and learning stories. These are kept at the centre and are available for you and your child to access. We value your feedback and input and encourage you to add your thoughts and reflections.
Are your practices environmentally sustainable?
We have a sustainable approach to learning and operations. We take care of our country and our community by using natural, sustainable, eco-friendly resources for learning and play wherever possible.
Do I have to be a Christian to send my child to Amazing Place Preschool?
No, you don’t. We warmly welcome all families irrespective of their faith background who wish their children to absorb Christian values and to benefit from the warm and loving environment in our centres. While our programme will sometimes involve reading Bible stories, singing Christian songs and saying karakia before meals, our Christian ethos is mostly reflected in the loving and respectful relationships we have with one another and in the integrity and character of our teachers.
What do you do to prepare older children for primary school?
We actively build relationships with the key primary schools in our community to ensure that we are effectively preparing our older children for the transition to a more structured primary school environment. In addition to supporting their literacy and numeracy development, we particularly focus on helping older children to establish effective self-care and self-management skills. Primary teachers stress the importance of this to prepare children for the higher level of self- responsibility required when they enter primary school.