What's going on at Kidiwise

At Kidiwise we have four separate areas (indoor and out), The Nestlings, The Moreporks, The Owls and The Wise Owls!

Our outdoor play area is probably the largest in the Bay. We even have a miniature pony, Sushi which we ride regularly!

In The Nestlings (3 months - 2 years)  

As we are moving into the winter months, the weather is a lot colder but that isn't stopping us from being outside. We have been planting lots of different seeds for our winter garden and we cannot wait until we have yummy vegetables growing that we can eat. We are working on our outdoor space at the moment too! We have been creating some tyre steps up to the chicken coop, we intend to a cubby space and make some outdoor instruments. 
We now have eight chickens in our refurbished chicken coop and most of them are laying! The Nestlings tamarack are really loving our early morning egg collections. We love that some of the eggs from our happy chickens are used in our baking and cooking! 

In The Moreporks (2 - 3 years)
In The Moreporks classrom we have one degree qualified registered teacher, one registered teacher and one experienced unregistered teacher.
The team in Moreporks are dedicated to providing our young 2+ year old children opportunities to explore what Tauranga has to offer. Recently The Moreporks updated their outside play area more jumping/climbing boxes. This will provide the children with many hours of enjoyment. Another favourite is our beautiful red lady bug climbing frame. 

The Moreporks have a weekly programme with lots of visits into the local community. Monday is our farm visit, every second Wednesday is a community visit (from a local cafe/playground to a vet clinic) and Friday is our bush walk day. Parents, grandparents and Whanau are welcome to join us on any of our adventures. We promote caring for our pets with the children taking a big interest in Sushi our miniature pony and also helping care for our resident guinea pigs. Other regular activities include baking, music, art and lots of tactile and sensory learning.

In The Owls (3 - 4 years) 

The Owl area has two degree qualified registered teachers and one unregistered experienced teacher.  Our curriculum includes weekly bush walks, trips to the farm to feed the piggies, we have a dedicated science day (we utilise the science room a lot) and a music orientated day. 
We are lucky and have a large covered sandpit so we are often found exploring outside rain, hail or shine! We have large room with a lovely fire place for winter and large trees surrounding the area which keeps us cool in the summer! 
 

In The Wise Owls (4 - 5 years)

The Wise Owls have two degree qualified registered teachers and one unregistered experienced teacher. 
The Wise Owls are now well and truly up and running. We have a very full and varied programme that includes visits into the community as well as visitors into the centre from our community. We love to visit the bush and the farm as well as exciting visits to locations around Tauranga learning about people, places and the environment.
To help prepare them for school, we explore science, maths and literacy. Having emergent interests as well as a range of creative and stimulating, fun and varied activities encouraging independence and develops new skills.
As this is the final room before school, it has been designed and set up to make the transition smoother for our children.

But wait, there's more..

Regular Excursions

Each class takes regular trips offsite in the Kidiwise van - Te Puna Quarry Park, Library, Bethlehem Town Centre. 

Swimming

Swimming lessons will start again in early 2017. The cost is a great rate of $75 for 10 lessons. The pool is heated and there is a thermal hot tub for the children to soak in after the lesson.

Bush Adventures

Our bush continues to be a regular adventure - even the most apprehensive children are quickly climbing and sliding - just as well we have protective nylon pants and gumboots!!

Outdoor Spaces

Now with four separate outdoor learning spaces, children are free to explore with age appropriate socialisation and environments. Surrounded in trees, Kidiwise really is something special.