We are proud to offer a nutrition and meal service programme called Nourish – “Thriving minds, active bodies, nurtured hearts”. A slogan we hold close to our hearts, we believe that through nourishing food, children are fuelled to thrive physically and mentally, whilst enjoying the benefits of coming together and connecting as a group at mealtimes. Mealtimes are calm, fun, social and children are encouraged to develop table manners and independent skills in serving food by being encouraged to regulate their own portions and clean up after meals. Our Nourish menus encompass seasonal (Summer and Winter) 4 – week rotating menu, with a wide variety of nourishing meals for the children at our centre. These recipes are dietitian approved, and have been thoughtfully designed using the NZ Heart Foundation’s, Healthy Heart – Gold Award for Early Childhood Centres which is in line with the NZ Food & Nutrition Guidelines and the Ministry of Health (MOH) Healthy Eating for babies, toddlers and children.
Parents love the rich sense of community at Whitby Educare, 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.
We are a centre made up of many diverse cultures, both staff & tamariki. We are proud of this and regularly celebrate our diversity by holding whole centre activities. 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, book a tour, we’d love to hear from you!
We understand that your child’s education & care is a priority and that choosing the right 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 centre and meet our Teaching Team!