Kindercare Botany Downs
Looking for safe, loving childcare in Botany Downs?
You’ll find it at our daycare centre where every day begins and ends with love and we support every family and their individual needs. Our Centre Director, Vanessa Gill, and her enthusiastic team provide the safe, loving care you would choose for your child, in our welcoming ‘home-away-from-home’ centre. To support the needs of families and whānau, we offer both full day, and part time care and education.
We look forward to welcoming your whānau into our Kindercare family, where your child will be cherished from infancy, until they leave our care for school.
About our childcare centre
Hours of fun and learning
Open daily throughout the year (except for weekends and statutory holidays) 7.15am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday
Age group of children we cherish
Transition to School
Like you, we want the best for your child. So we don’t compromise on safe, supportive, care and education. Our team works hard to ensure your family receives the highest standard of care for your weekly fee, which includes:
- a generous annual leave allowance
- a nutritious midday meal, prepared fresh at the centre daily – so you won’t need to packkai
- healthy mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks to fuel your child’s play and learning
- our Positive Parenting program – offering tips, advice and support for every family
Because every child has different needs, we ask that you supply your child’s own bottles, formula and nappies for each day.
If you would like to learn more about our fees, enrolment schedules or enrolment availability, please let us know. We’re happy to talk through any questions and provide whatever information you may need, to help you make the best decision for your child and your family.
What’s the first step?
Families matter to us at our daycare centre, so we encourage you and your child to come in for a visit to explore our safe, friendly world of discovery. This is just the beginning of the strong, supportive relationship we want to build with you.
We so value your involvement and participation throughout your child’s early learning and development, whether it’s sharing news from home, working together on a learning goal, volunteering at our centre, or sharing a special skill with your child’s room. Here, your contributions will be welcomed and appreciated. Together, we can help your child to reach their full potential.
Why choose our centre?
Providing safe, loving care and learning since 1998, our centre is designed to care for your child from infancy through to preschool and when they are ready for primary school. Because we understand that when your child feels secure and nurtured, they will have the confidence to explore freely, challenge themselves, learn essential foundation skills, and have fun.
So, when you choose Kindercare Botany Downs, you’re choosing a team who are passionate about early childhood care and education, about diversity, and about helping your child reach their full potential through play-based learning and supported by our strong, trusting partnership with family and whānau.
Our care and learning
At our childcare centre, we believe in providing safe, nurturing care for your child, in an environment where they’ll be happy, and love to learn. For this reason, our program of gentle are and intentional ensures your little one will have fun, as they grow and develop, acquiring the skills they need to succeed at school and into their lives. You’ll find this is reflected in each of our five calm, spacious rooms that are specially designed to keep your child actively engaged, each day.
Our centre embraces the cultural diversity of every child our care. So, we’d love for you to share your family’s heritage and culture with us, and with your child’s room. And we look forward to celebrating various cultural events with your whānau, throughout the year. These include Diwali, Christmas, Matariki, Chinese New Year, Anzac Day, and Easter.
Kiwi Room (babies room)
We believe the best possible care and learning for babies begins with a loving relationship, built on trust, in a calm environment. That’s why our dedicated team in this room are committed to providing consistent, nurturing care for your baby. It’s our way of giving your infant the confidence and security to explore our safe, settled environment - and their very own sensory-rich outdoor play area. And because we get to know your baby, we are able to recognise their needs and respond to them individually so they trust we will be there for them – and you’ll have peace of mind.
Tūī Room (toddlers room)
We understand your precious toddler is on-the-go and passionately curious - and we love to embrace every moment of that. So you’ll discover a team who love working this age group, and ensure your child feels safe, loved and nurtured, as they learn and develop through play. Your toddler will be treasured in an environment where they’ll enjoy a variety of fun-filled opportunities, which include physical challenges, tactile exploration, sensory play, and experimentation – with plenty of cuddles along the way.
Kea Room (toddlers room)
In this room, we help your slightly older toddler develop their foundation skills and independence through safe exploration and play-based learning. Your little one will have the freedom to explore their indoor spaces, as well as their outdoor playground, while participating in fun-filled activities that awaken their senses and capabilities. Most importantly, we’ll be there to provide lots of affection and build a relationship with them that gives them the confidence and security to enjoy new discoveries each day.
Pūkeko Room (preschool room)
We understand the importance of developing your preschooler’s social and emotional competence as they grow, while feeling settled and a sense of belonging in our care. Through the loving guidance of our nurturing team, your preschooler will be encouraged to start developing a ‘can do’ attitude that enables them to make their own decisions, be creative and express themselves appropriately. Through our Cherry.bytes program, the tamariki also have the opportunity to use technology as a tool to support their learning and build their foundation skills. Using iPads, under the guidance of a specialised Kaiako, your little one will safely use the multimedia advantages of the digital world in a way that intentionally encourages their social, emotional, physical, cognitive and language development.
Takahē Room (transition to school room)
We believe in providing your child with the best possible transition into primary school, which is why our Transition to School program is designed to do just that. We’ll support your child in the development of those critical foundation skills they’ll need to ensure success in a formal learning environment. We do this through our ‘You Can Do It’ program – which is about social and emotional development to build your child’s confidence, resilience and persistence, plus their organisational skills and ability to get along with others. It’s our way of giving your child the best possible start at school and in their lives.
Our world of outdoor play
Physical activity is part of our program, through each stage of development. Why? Because we know that movement is at the heart of your child’s intellectual, social and physical development. Our safe, expansive outdoor spaces provide tamariki with opportunities to play, explore, discover, experiment and make friends through physical activity. They’re intentionally designed to introduce new skills and enable your child to challenge themselves, as they grow.
We incorporate active movement into your child’s day, at each stage of their development, because we recognise that it is critical for brain development. To further support this, at our centre we offer Sports4Tots – a parent paid activity. If you choose to enrol your child for this, they will participate in a weekly fun-filled session at our centre, during school term times.
As Sports4Tots is for preschool age children, your little one will need to be between 2 and 5 years old. We know they’ll love learning fundamental sports skills, coordination, balance, and the value of play, all in a positive team environment. For more information, go to: www.Sports4tots.co.nz
A little about our team
At our established early childhood centre, we believe that supporting families is integral to helping children reach their full potential. That’s why our passionate, actively engaged team embraces their multicultural heritage - as well as that of our centre families and local community. You’ll find our diverse team are more than happy to assist families new to New Zealand, as they settle into our community and learn about our rich Kiwi culture.
And, we partner with your whānau to ensure you’re involved in your child’s early learning and development, every little step of the way. We want you to share your news from home, with us. Join us, as we plan respectful care and individualised learning goals for your child, and share your feedback so we can enrich your child’s growth and learning – as well as continue to provide responsive care as a centre.
We value our families and whānau, which is why we also encourage you to share your talents with our centre tamariki. Whether it’s telling a story to your child’s class, baking for an event, or demonstrating a special skill to our little ones, we believe the contribution made by your family and whānau makes our centre and your child’s preschool years even better.
We look forward to supporting you and your child on their incredible journey with us through these early years.
Our commitment to families and whānau is that we will provide an environment that keeps your child safe, loved and learning. We know that when you visit our centre, you will feel that warmth and friendliness, and that you will decide to join our Kindercare family.