Feathers is a family oriented early learning centre where trust, support, guidance and Aroha are paramount.
We embrace Whanaungatanga as one of our core values where interconnected, reciprocal and responsive relationships are encouraged between tamariki, whanau, kinship and kaiako. Through the concept of Whanaungatanga we acknowledge Maori as tangata whenua, and each individuals own cultural identity and abilities are valued, respected and celebrated promoting an inclusive practice. Whanau are encouraged to share their aspirations for their children as learners with a strong sense of identity, language and culture.
We embrace Ako as another one of our core values here at Feathers. This is where kaiako, tamariki and whanau, even from diverse backgrounds learn from each other bringing knowledge, culture and experience together. This enables our tamariki to be independent, free spirited individuals who are capable in making their own decisions, working together, problem solving and leading their own learning. We encourage constant reciprocal communication between staff, children and their families.
We value the concept of learning through exploration of the wider world -Mana Ao Tūroa, including the natural environment around us. We understand the importance of connecting our tamariki with nature through purposeful regular nature walks. It is a place where they can build a sense of wonder and connection with the natural world and to know how to care for our environment, supporting our children to be the kaitiakitanga (guardians) of the natural world.
We also value the importance of wairuatanga, by nurturing each childs emotional well-being, empowerment and self worth. We strive to provide an open ended environment which encourages interactive opportunities to challenge childrens thinking and is reflective of their skills, urges and interests
Te Whariki (New Zealands early childhood curriculum) is the fundamental basis of our practice. Our pedagogy is also guided by the teachings of Reggio Emilia and Dr Emmi Pikler, where importance is placed on the environment as being a third teacher. This includes aesthetic indoor and outdoor play areas, provocations and also ensuring a safe, unhurried, stimulating and peaceful environment that is respectful and empowering for each child.
We, the educators here at Feathers are enthusiastic, caring, positive and professional. We strive to be a community of learners and always aspire to exceed our teaching practice, underpinned through ongoing professional learning and up to date theories.
He aha te mea nui o te ao?
He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!
What is the most important thing in the world?
It is people! It is people! It is people!
- Childcare for infants from 3 months until they are ready for school. The operation of our hours are 7.30am – 5.30pm, Monday to Friday. We are closed only on statutory holidays.
- Nutritious well-balanced meals, morning tea, hot lunch, afternoon tea, and a late snack are prepared onsite by our qualified cook.
- Qualified & caring educators.
- 20 hours free ECE per week for children aged 3 to 5
- Real lifelearning experiences
- Educational trips
- At Feathers our ratio of educators to childrenare as follows: Under two age group is 1:4 and the over two age group is 1:7. These ratios are lower than the Ministry of Education’s requirements.
Qualified and caring child care staff
Feathers is operated by Carrie Wu. You’ll be able to deal directly with Carrie Wu on any administrative, educational or personal matters relating to your child and the centre itself.
This place is amazing. The teachers and facilities are up there with the best and you can tell they care about looking after your children. A+++
Feathers daycare has been Reese’s 2nd Home for the part 2yrs. It give me peace of mind knowing that I will leave my daughter every day at Feathers.