Nutrition is so important for young children as it is directly linked to all aspects of their growth and development.
Dot Kids Early Learning Centre in Kelvin Grove, Palmerston North is a centrewide lunch box centre. The children thoroughly enjoy this, and it promotes independence and encourage self-help skills in preparation for school.
Our childcare teachers do regular baking with the children, which provides them opportunities to engage and learn a range of food preparations skills and fine motor movements such as pouring, sifting, spooning. It is a great hands on sensory experience for children to develop independence through self-help skills, practice simple maths as they measure and count quantities. The children feel a great sense of pride in preparing their own morning or afternoon tea.
Parents love the rich sense of community at Dot Kids Kelvin childcare centre in Palmerston North, and our curriculum reflects our philosophy for strong relationships. We absolutely love coming together with our tamariki, whānau and community to strengthen our relationships with one another.
Regular excursions are offered which gets our children out and about in the community.
We hold weekly dance sessions in our daycare centre with Dean McKerras from Dean McKerras School of Dance, encouraging a ‘love of dance through positive experience’.
Animal care and community sustainability are reflected in our daily practices. Centre pets provide an opportunity for children to demonstrate respect, care and nurturing.
At Dot Kids Kelvin Grove we love to celebrate! Whether it be a national week, cultural celebration, a calendar date or a themed dress up day. Some of the events on our annual calendar include Chinese New Year, Seaweek – Kaupapa Moana, Saint Patrick’s Day, Samoan Language week, Matariki Maori New Year, Tongan Language Week and Diwali.
Portfolios & Storypark
We use an awesome app called Storypark, which allows whānau to follow their child’s early learning journey and to ensure you don’t miss out on important centre communications.
Photos, videos and audio capture your child’s learning so you never miss a treasured moment again. You and your family can also feel more engaged in your child’s development, and you decide who you would like to invite to experience your childs learning journey with you. A perfect way to share those special moments with loved ones down the line or overseas.
Although we love to use Storypark as an online platform to communicate with parents, we also use paper portfolios for each child.
Children enjoy finding their paper portfolio and reflecting on their past activities at the centre. It is a fantastic way for children to engage in self-recognition and reflect on their personal development, as well as being a treasured keepsake for their 21st Birthday!
Contact us or book a tour of our Palmerston North childcare centre. We’d love to hear from you.
Here at Dot Kids Early Learning Centre, we understand that your child’s education and care is a priority and that choosing the right daycare centre can be a big decision. We would be delighted to share in your child’s learning journey. Feel welcome to contact us in whichever way is most convenient for you, or visit our daycare centre in Palmerston North and meet our Teachers.