At Busy Minds we only cater for up to 30 children at any one time, allowing us to truly understand, get to know and really appreciate every child for who they are.
The Centre is large and spacious where children are not restricted to just one room.
Children are able to explore a variety of different play areas where they have the room to move freely, investigate and accept challenges encouraging holistic development and allowing the opportunity for their imaginations to run wild.
It is our aim to ensure we create a home away from home atmosphere for both children and their families, as a Centre we embrace and appreciate the importance of family with many opportunities for parent participation through communication.
Children are encouraged to be peer teachers, role models, communicate their thoughts, ideas, and emotions, to help each other, to problem solve, to show empathy and develop skills to build healthy positive friendships now and in the future.
Busy Minds opens out onto a very large outside environment with trees to climb, grass to sit on, room to run, swing, play cricket, rugby, netball or football, gardens to explore and insect hunt, raised garden beds for children to grow their own delicious vegetables which they can either eat right from the garden or have with their meals, sandpit areas, swings, bikes, scooters and movable equipment which all allows for adventurous and challenging play.
At Busy Minds, every child is in control of their own learning initiating it from their own unique interests, ideas, questions and their desire to find out all they can about the world around them, continually feeding their Busy Minds.
Our Philosophy at Busy Minds
At Busy Minds we believe that children should be given the freedom to be children for as long as possible.
Early Childhood is a time for inclusiveness, fun and excitement, where learning is unhurried, and child led. Resources are open ended, recycled, and flexible allowing children to explore and discover all they can about the world around them. Experimenting with ideas, using their imagination, and believing that they can do anything and be anyone. It is a time for firsts, celebrating special moments, taking risks, challenging oneself and developing a sense of self and identity. Laying the foundations for a lifelong journey of discovery and learning.
We endeavour to provide a culturally respectful and inclusive environment, where children are equal, develop a sense of self and a positive self-image. We respect our bi-cultural heritage and value all cultures represented at Busy Minds.
We believe that children learn in different ways and that there are no barriers to learning. We recognise the importance of collaborative, positive relationships with our children, understanding them, knowing them, and providing unconditional love ensuring all children have equal opportunities to partake, learn and feel valued. We set the environment gauging when to intervene, extend, support, seek additional help or just allow children to go about their work (play) finding out about the world around them. We are a partner in their play and learning, enjoying a journey of success together, as a family. A community of learners. Children’s ideas, interests, needs and natural curiosity, inspires, and shapes our emergent curriculum (Te Whariki)
We believe each child and their family is unique, bringing us together as a diverse community, fostering mutual respect. Each family’s aspirations for their child are our aspirations for their child too. Children and their families are at the heart of everything we do. We believe in respect and communication, developing a two-way partnership with our, families, colleagues, community, and our most precious resource for the future OUR CHILDREN.
We as teachers consider ourselves to be role models. We value the importance of setting an excellent example of humanity and respect, not only as teachers but as people. We consider it vital that all children and their families feel valued, always listened to, empowered, and included during their child’s Early Childhood experience at Busy Minds.