We are a small, family run preschool in Northwood, Christchurch for 2 to 5 year olds. Locally owned and operated by husband and wife team Graham and Charlotte Henderson. We believe in creating an environment which is homely, safe and stimulating.
At the Owls Nest Preschool...
We will help encourage every child to build relationships with each other and the teachers at the preschool. We believe in creating an environment which is homely, safe and stimulating.
We believe that children are motivated to learn when they have opportunities to make their own choices in an environment that is both enriching and stimulating.
Children are by nature curious and we strive to ensure this curiosity is encouraged by positive interactions so that they feel safe to explore their surroundings and their own individuality.
We believe that children benefit from practices that are grounded in solid research. The Owl’s Nest philosophy is therefore based on the work of theorists Jean Piaget (development stage theory) and Lev Vygotsky (zone of proximal development) and the early childhood movement from Reggio Emilia, Italy.
Te Whāriki, the New Zealand early childhood curriculum is the document that underpins and guides our teaching practice. Our educators use Te Whāriki to plan meaningful learning experiences with the goal of positive outcomes for all our children. Te Whāriki embodies the following aspiration for children: “to grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body, and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society.”
Our daily programme is varied and includes opportunities to participate in group projects, baking, messy play, mini workshop activities, science based activities, art activities, mat time and many other learning experiences. We document each child’s learning journey with a learning portfolio including photos taken daily and learning stories alongside these.
Through our Reggio Emilia inspired programme, our child directed curriculum constantly evolves as our teachers work alongside the children, listening carefully to their interests and assisting them to develop those interests through inquiry.
Our group project initiative provides time for children to explore particular interests and ideas in greater depth. Our teachers will guide and help the children identify valuable learning within the project. Our teachers will do this by providing materials and giving support to the children as well as challenging them to take their learning to more meaningful levels.
There are many opportunities for free play learning throughout our day as well as some structured time for older children to ensure that they are well prepared for primary school.