Looking for childcare Hamilton, daycare Hamilton or preschool Hamilton?
You'll find what you're looking for at Kindercare in Thomas Road, Rototuna, which is in the dedicated and experienced hands of our centre director, Adrienne Smith.
“Settled in the heart of Rototuna, you’ll discover safe and loving care for your little one as well as an extended family, here to support to you wherever possible.
Most of all, your child will be in a happy environment, filled with cuddles and fun, just like home.
What We Offer
When you choose Kindercare, you’re choosing respectful care for your child, and a team who are committed to fostering a culture of kindness. That’s why the environments are calm, happy, unhurried and uncluttered – and children are treasured.
Both indoors and outside, an ongoing daily focus for your child will be ensuring we are providing play-based opportunities that involve activities to develop your child’s critical foundation skills.
It’s essential that these foundations are laid in the early years, when your child’s developing and growing, so that he/she gains the benefit of the best chance of success with formal learning, when they start school.
An experienced on site Chef plans and cooks delicious vegetarian meals daily, and serves up healthy mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks, to keep your child well-nourished throughout the day.
Linking in with the local community and businesses is important to support families and enables your child to benefit from real-life learning experiences - like visits by the local Librarian or Fireman, who share their skills and profession with the children. It keeps learning alive for your child.
Initiatives to support your family, should you request them, include Triple P (Parenting service), a Family Services Co-ordinator, and supporting local charities including World Vision, Operation Christmas Child and The Cancer Society
Triple P (Positive Parenting Programme) is a free service to Kindercare families, providing information and practical suggestions on a range of challenges that many parents face, like disobedience, bed wetting, temper tantrums, sleeping habits, and much more.
If you’d like to know a little more about what we offer your child at each stage of development, the following will be of interest to you:
Entering our Babies room, you’ll get that home-away-from-home feeling, created by comfy arm chairs, cosy rugs and attractive scatter cushions – a place to relax with your little one.
It’s in this calm and unhurried atmosphere that building a loving relationship with your child is our focus, through respectful, responsive care.
Because restful sleep is so important for your baby, we’ve created a quiet sleep area, where soft relaxing music in the background creates an environment that supports your child’s sleep routine.
A teacher will stay with your little one until they fall asleep, will check on them regularly to ensure they’re safe and sound, and be there for them on waking – just like home.
Bottle feeding times are opportunities for gentle moments of care; to hold your baby, make eye-contact, smile and talk to them – all of which are so beneficial to building trust and a loving relationship with your infant, and getting to know them.
As well as enjoying opportunities to participate in singing, dancing and reading stories during the day, your baby benefits from time outdoors daily, in a safe environment, because this provides him/her with space to move, and movement is critical for every baby and young child’s brain development.
Our Babies room accesses two outdoor play areas, one of which is shared with the older toddlers. In this playground, the activities, program and set-ups are planned to provide this age group, who are more mobile, with challenging opportunities for discovery.
Having a dedicated area for our littlest babies ensures they have a safe environment, which is planned to meet the needs of this stage of development – a world rich in sensory and tactile experiences.
As you enter the Toddler’s room, you’ll discover an inviting environment for your child to explore with so many opportunities to celebrate their marvellous toddler energy!
Soft furnishings, rugs and plants create homely spaces, with design elements that craft the room into smaller areas of discovery and learning – like the family corner, construction, book corner, puzzles, science and other table activities.
Your busy toddler will be able to choose where he/she wants to play, with options to be involved in group activities, individual imaginative play or quiet cosy corners to relax.
All indoor and outdoor activities are designed around your child’s interests and play – because that’s how your child learns best.
Water play, messy play, arts and crafts, active movement, sensory exploration – these are just some of the fun-filled learning experiences that will engage and delight your toddler.
At an age when independence and autonomy are becoming important, your toddler will be encouraged to develop this by having access to his/her own basket and given the opportunity to get his/her hat, jacket etc., or special things for sleep time.
Toilet training is started when each child is ready – so we work in partnership with families for this.
Most of all, you’ll find that affectionate relationships, cuddles, unhurried days and lots of variety ensure your toddler will be nurtured by Teachers who love working with this age group.
In this room, your child’s socialising will continue to be nurtured. Often, this is when lovely friendships start forming, greater independence is encouraged and individual interests and enquiry are supported.
At this stage of development, some children are toilet training, while others are catered for with nappy changes - it’s about knowing and understanding what your child needs.
Interactive mat times are really popular with Preschool 1 children who become very engaged in the activity, song, dance or interactive story.
Teachers take the time to observe your child so they’re able to foster their all-important foundation skills. Your preschooler will grow and develop in an environment where learning and fun happen at the same time.
In this room, we introduce Letterland – our early literacy program. This brings the alphabet to life with fun characters and related songs and games, as your child becomes familiar with letters and sounds. This introductory level of Letterland is preparing your child for their exciting transition to Preschool 2.
Whether it’s a mat time or free play time, your child will be encouraged to use their whole body, both indoors and outdoors. And there’s still a steady supply of cuddles!
Once familiar routines and self-help skills are established, your child will be ready to transition to Preschool 2 – where the fun and learning continues.
Your child will receive a friendly greeting from teachers they know, and who are ready to support you and your child to settle into an inviting, relaxed learning environment.
As with all the Preschool rooms, Preschool 2 embraces the indoor/outdoor flow where play experiences are created around both groups of children and your child’s individual learning interests.
Your child benefits from learning experiences offered at this stage of his/her development, because these are designed to encourage pre-literacy and numeracy, as well as the on-going development of your preschooler’s foundation skills.
An interactive and fun program to support the development of your child’s social and emotional skills, “You Can Do It”, is introduced in this room.
Preschool 3 / Transition to School Room
When your child’s ready, they will move to the Transition to School room. Here, he/she will become actively involved in:
- group project work;
- enquiry based learning;
- science experiments;
- researching topics;
- construction and deconstruction of their environment;
- pre-maths, reading and writing
If your child is well prepared for school, they benefit because the transition is smoother and easier - giving them the best start to their formal education years.
So while we’re having fun, encouraging your child’s natural curiosity and learning through play, our program supports the development of routines, habits and skills to prepare them for their transition from the early childhood setting to primary school.
Mat times are slightly longer as your child has fun with brain gym and foundation skills activities. These help your preschooler develop concentration and assist with learning how to make good decisions during their day.
Once a term, children and families visit the local primary school to meet the new entrant teacher, see some of their old friends, play in the playground and have morning tea with the “school children”. This all helps them to become more familiar with this new environment and experience parts of the day, before they begin school themselves.
Your child will love our “Lunch Box Days” – and they’ll benefit too because they’ll be learning about packed lunches, opening wrappers, spreading their food between morning tea and lunch etc.
“Little Readers” are books that are sent home with your child each week. There’s no expectation or pressure on your preschooler to be able to read independently at this age – this just creates an opportunity for you to enjoy some daily one-on-one time with your child, reading together. It also prepares your preschooler for the concept of “homework” – small, but fun, activities to do at home.
Your child will continue their journey with our “You Can Do It” program – supporting their social and emotional development through the use of puppet characters, stories and songs. Social emotional skills, like persistence, resilience, confidence, are all essential to a child’s future success in life.
Letterland continues to be a part of the curriculum, to build on your child’s knowledge, at their own pace.
Across all 3 of our Preschool rooms, children are invited to participate in Cherry.bytes - our technology based learning program for 3 ½ - 5 year olds. iPads provide an innovative and interactive learning tool for your child to investigate, explore, discover and have fun with – it’s a real highlight of the week for children. We have a specialised Cherry.bytes teacher and classroom for this exciting initiative where children are encouraged to be “passionately curious”.
A culturally diverse, friendly and passionate team will welcome you at our centre in Thomas Road.
Our staff have the language skills to support children and families from a wide range of nationalities. And, if they don’t, they’re willing to try and learn your child’s language to help with settling in.
We value relationships within the community, including those with local businesses, because we want to support families on their journey as they grow capable, independent young people.
My Commitment to You
I joined the Kindercare family in February 2011, after discovering that my personal values were closely aligned with Kindercare’s values. As our mission statement says, “Children are a gift from God”, I too believe that a child is a gift.
I value the time I spend with your child, listening to their stories, seeing them develop as they prepare for school, and offering hugs.
Because it’s not always possible for parents to care for their child at home, it’s a privilege for us to be able to support families by listening, sharing experiences, and offering support, if it’s requested.
You can feel comfortable leaving your precious child safely in our hands, because here, they will be loved by the adults that care for and educate them.
What’s the First Step?
If you’re looking at childcare options for your little one, come in and meet our Kindercare family. Tell us your needs and what you’re looking for – and let’s see how we can help you.”
About Our Centre:
Our modern, purpose-built childcare centre opened in Thomas Road, Rototuna in 2009 and is licensed to provide outstanding care and early childhood education for children from infancy through to when they are ready to go to school, which is usually at 5yrs of age.
The centre is designed so that children spend time in rooms where the environment is appropriate for their developmental age and stage. Your child will be cared for in relaxed, safe indoor and outdoor environments, with lots of varied and fun-filled opportunities.
To find out more about our early education program and exciting days for your baby, toddler or preschool child, click here.
We’re open daily throughout the year, (except for weekends and statutory holidays), from 7.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Thursday, and 7.30am to 5.00pm Friday.
Parents and families are warmly welcome to pop in at any time during the day to visit us and have a look around. And we love you to bring your child along too so we can meet them and introduce them to Kindercare.
Included in your fee, Kindercare provides a nutritious, cooked midday meal which is prepared at the centre daily. We also provide healthy mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks.
Bottles/formula and nappies are not provided so parents are asked to send what your child needs for the day.
Information about enrolment schedules, fees and space availability are all aspects of our early childhood service that we like to chat to you about personally, so please come in and see us or give us a call on 07 855 3667 and we'll answer your questions.