Huntly Early Childhood Centre Inc. is a community-based non-profit preschool. We provide high quality, high teacher ratio, very affordable early education for children aged from 2 years. We welcome all children to our multi-cultural and inclusive centre. Every child's individual needs will be met in collaboration with parents and whānau.
What Makes Us Special?
It's our children, whanau, teachers and community that create such a special learning place. There's so much to see and do and when children have had enough playtime and adventures, there's always a quiet place to read or draw with friends.
A paved bike path with bridges and tunnels surrounds our playground and is popular with the children using balance bikes, tandem trikes and dramatic play.
We have a wide range of resources and equipment allowing children to make discoveries and develop their own working theories.
Our well developed gardens and fruit trees provide lots of fresh produce and meaningful learning opportunities for our budding gardeners.
Teamwork and collaborative play happen in all areas of the centre.
We highly value reading and literacy and are a part of the Duffy Books in Homes initiative where our children receive 4 new books throughout the year.
The outdoor environment includes a large productive vegetable garden and provides many rich opportunities to learn about how things grow, growing our own food and the living world.
We are passionate about our Perceptual Motor Programme and we provide lots of fun and challenging experiences for children to develop their physical motor skills.
The Living World
Children are encouraged to explore the natural environment and learn to care for animals in their natural habitats and within temporary terrariums and aquariums.
This programme is designed to extend our 4 year old children and develop their knowledge, skills and attitudes to learning. Working in smaller groups allows more in-depth exchange of ideas on a wide range of activities and learning areas.
We have a supportive relationship with our neighbours at the Kimihia Rest Home and enjoy visiting to give musical performances and to share our centre-made jam.
Music and Movement
Making music, singing songs and waiata, dance, drama and performing are priorities and we incorporate these into our daily mat times.
We document children's learning in personal profiles. The profiles are a comprehensive photographic and written record of the children's experiences, skills and development covering all the time they have attended the centre.