Activities

HeadStart is a fun-filled place with emphasis placed on growing our children holistically. Our activities are aimed at enriching our children's lives with opportunities to explore, discover and play, underpinned by encouragement to think deeply about the things they are interested in.

Regular Centre Activities

MAT TIME

One of the most popular activities of the day is mat time. It's a mixture of interactions, between the teachers and all of the children within their age group who are present that day, and is tailored to be age appropriate. We celebrate birthdays and individual achievements with clapping and cheering. We learn songs, read books and introduce the children to important things like fire safety and road safety.

CONSTRUCTION

Blocks and trains and cars seem to work together and we inspire groups of children to collaborate on building environments for transport related activity and fun. This is a great opportunity for the children to learn turn taking and sharing.

READING

HeadStart has an extensive library with books to engage and excite all of our ages. Children can look at books by themselves or in groups, with and without teachers. Expressive and comprehensive language is built through reading.

PUZZLES

Puzzles encourage hand-eye coordination, gross and fine motor skills, problem solving, shape recognition and memory. At HeadStart we have a range of puzzles set to challenge our children through the ages.

ART

We have a comprehensive art programme, including paper mache, play doh, painting, drawing and cutting/gluing. Children are encouraged to do these tasks individually, but alongside their peers so that there is cross-learning.

MUSIC

Once a fortnight we have a music movement class, which develops the children's appreciation for music and the ability to feel it through their bodies. We also encourage musical play with our instrument library as well as singing and dancing to all kinds of music!

GAMES

We have a fantastic variety of games to suit different levels of ability. Games are a great way for children to learn to support their peers, take turns and develope an understanding of the overall game concept. Teachers will scaffold group interactions to ensure full inclusion of all members.

GARDENING

Children love to get their hands dirty! There is no better way to teach them about the importance of plants, food and how to nurture our environment than with a spot of gardening.

Centre Visitors

On occasion, we will organise centre visits from prominent services in the community, such as the fire brigade, St Johns and the police. These are great opportunities for the children to learn more about important safety issues.

Transition to School

We have established relationships with the local schools to ensure all of our children are entering school with the foundation skills they need to make it a smooth as possible transition. Each year we hold a Transition to School Information evening for parents and caregivers of our 4 year olds where teachers from the local schools attend, to give parents and families the opportunity to discuss these foundation skills and the upcoming transition.

Excursions and Adventures

We love outings. Whether it’s to the local library, rest home or park, or further afield to the likes of the Star Observatory, Kiwi Valley Farm, Air Force Base, Zoo or Auckland Museum, the trip is planned with safety as a priority. All adventures are at the cost of the centre, unless otherwise advised. Full details of these types of excursions are communicated to the family prior to the date, with approval sought before including a child.

Reaching Out to the Community

Part of our philosophy is to provide all of our children with a sense of community. We do this through celebrations of various cultural events that are relevant to our children and their families. Regular celebrations include Chinese New Year, Matariki, Easter, St Patrick’s Day, Halloween and of course, Christmas. We welcome all new cultures and cultural celebrations.

 

We also encourage a sense of community by taking short excursions into the community. The most prized of all are our visits to the local rest home. This jaunt has a profound effect on the children and adults alike, both of which learn something.

Special Events

On our social calendar and of particular importance to bringing the families of the children together, is our annual picnic. It’s an exciting event for the children, with face painting, a sausage sizzle, games and races. We ask our parents to bring a blanket and a sweet plate to share. More information is provided closer to the time.

 

We also celebrate our mothers and fathers, with special evening events.

Fundraising

Every year we support Daffodil Day, where 100% of the donations go to the cause.

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Proud to be locally owned and operated, HeadStart is an important part of the Hobsonville community, helping grow the hearts and minds of children for over 25 years.

Our hours of operation 7.30am – 6.00pm

Visit us at 193 Hobsonville Road, Hobsonville, Auckland 0618 or call us 09 416 4300

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