Working together to support learning at home.
We would like to share with you lots of great tips and ideas to help continue your Childs Learning Journey at home.
He waka eke noa… We are all in this together.
Learning Links Childcare Centres
As a privately owned Childcare operator and parents ourselves we know first hand the importance of making the right decision for your child.
With over twenty years experience and Centres in Auckland, Dunedin, Palmerston, Horowhenua, Taupo, Te Awamutu and Hamilton; we look forward to getting to know you and your child.
If at anytime you would like to discuss your specific needs call 0800 690 920 and we will put you in touch with our local Centre Manager.
- A welcoming environment for children and families.
- Opportunities for parents to become part of our community
- A safe and nurturing place for children to play and grow, through experiences and opportunities that help children develop physical, social, emotional, and intellectual skills.
- Wholesome, healthy homemade meals that are designed and reviewed by a Registered Paediatric Dietitian. We also cater for special dietary requirement. Note meals are provided in Hamilton, Te Awamutu and Taupo centres only.
- Forest sessions
- A large nature-based outdoor play area
- Storypark an online portfolio enables us to share with you and your extended family your child’s learning.
- We welcome children from babies to school age
- WINZ subsidies accepted
*Infant formula and babies bottles to be provided by the families.
We believe that Learning Links stands out from the rest through its commitment to three important educational priorities:
LEARNING THROUGH PLAY Play based learning supports children to develop confidence in their capabilities, work creatively and discover an endlessly new world. As children explore with curiosity the environment, and engage with it, they learn foundational language, science and mathematical concepts in a meaningful way.
KEEPING CHILDREN EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY – THE ‘LOVE LANGUAGES’ Children express and receive love in different ways — some through acts of service; others through affirming words; gifts, quality time or physical touch. By understanding your child’s unique love language, we are able to develop a deep and strong individual relationship ensuring your child feels loved and cared for.
SUSTAINABILITY Learning Links is committed to sustainable practices and is striving to be a zero waste organisation. We have a strong focus on reducing, reusing and recycling. Children have the opportunity to take part in gardening, potting, growing, harvesting, cooking and eating. We believe that the link between nature, food and wellbeing is vital so we aim to make these links as visible as possible. Forest sessions are included in our program providing opportunities for children to learn and grow outside the centre and connect with the natural world.
Some of our latest adventures!
Connecting children to nature is something we are passionate about at Learning Links Hector. An enriching programme like this certainly isn’t something that was decided one day and began the next – it has taken a lot of preparation, consideration and dedication.
Well today, our passion became a reality! The group headed off on their expedition within our local community. They began this weekly ritual with a forest karakia and a willingness to explore and test their limits in the dense bush. We are very proud that our tamariki showed such respect for the beautiful forest and its creatures and this will be something that they will remember for many years to come – a huge thank you to our Kaiako, Rebekah and Ana for bringing our programme to life today everyone should have a good sleep tonight!
Our tamariki are becoming increasingly confident and familiar with the forest. They have already gained a strong sense of direction and able to show their kaiako which way could lead us to the destination.
They were lucky to find and try some kawakawa, which we learnt that the leaves can be made into medication that helps our digestive system. We even brought some back to our centre for our friends to try as herbal tea.
No doubt, the muddy puddles was the favourite. It was such fun for each of us to get wet, get muddy and be engaged with nature! We are also amazed to see the growing resilience of our children when they slipped into mud, when they got dirty and when they were in dilemma. They were determined to take risks and challenge themselves, physically and emotionally!
It was equally impressive to notice how tamariki cared for each other and helped their peers out of a challenging situation, they were demonstrating their growing social competence and caring nature in their bush play! We highly recommend getting out into nature – the children will surprise you!
As we continue to connect locally, to our Rototuna area, we discovered Rototuna means “lake of eels”. In Pre-European times, our area had a lake named Tunawhakapeke. The lake and surrounding swamps had an abundance of tuna resources. As a result of our new knowledge the tamariki are discovering where the tuna like to live now and what they like to eat! Trying to coax them out of their hiding places, the children have been patiently dangling some food for them and to hopefully catch a glimpse soon!