- 25 August 2023
- Written by Courtney
This month we went back to pre-school to visit some of our smallest locals and give play-led learning a whirl!
Kiddie Academy is an early childhood education centre licensed for up to 110 kids from 0-6 years of age. They provide play-led intentional learning with flexible curriculums to adjust to different children’s needs.
Entering our tour, we were surprised to find how large the facilities were. Kiddie Academy's spacious areas are filled with beautiful and quality resources and toys for kids to explore, get messy, build, invent, dance, and play.
Each age group has two large rooms filled with various activities and artwork. Each area had a few of their 18 staff members to guide and monitor play activities.
Getting right into it, we started in the Papatuanuku (Earth) rooms with the crawler’s space. This was simply adorable! We found an activity ready for us and got straight into some coloured chemistry by combining baking powder, vinegar, and food colouring.
While we were there, one of the kids’ favourite ladies, Tina the chef, came in to drop off their lunches and have a quick cuddle and play. The older infants were making masterpieces by rolling cars through paint and having an outdoor dance party to the ‘I’m a gummy bear’ song.
Next, we toddled into the Tangaroa (Sky) room to visit the centre’s toddlers. This group was very engaged in their reading time and playdough play, so we left them undisturbed and headed back outside.
The main outdoor area has entrances from the toddlers’ and the older kids’ rooms so they can both make use of the extensive playground, wheels, outdoor games, and sandpit.
The Kiddie Academy is not afraid of getting hands a little mucky for the sake of engaged learning experiences. Shawna couldn’t help but join in with the big slime bucket that the kids were happily sharing.
We each had some quiet time in some of the cozy corners, playhouses and reading nooks around the Raninui (Sky) room and read some of the books we were recommended by the little ones.
Finally, the kids showed us their playdough and floral creations. All of them were welcoming and encouraged us to join in on the fun. So, we ended our playtime with our own playdough creations which was meditative and fun.
The structured and unstructured play opportunities ensure kids can learn at their own pace either individually or in a group. When we visited, the centre was also running a Filipino Cultural week, one of the many they host to celebrate the diverse backgrounds of the tamariki and Kaiako.
If you’re considering childcare options, we recommend booking a tour to see their massive and safe facilities and hands-on team.
Everyone from the administrator to the chef spends quality time getting to know the kids and ensuring their milestones are appreciated and celebrated from day-to-day learning to birthdays and graduation ceremonies.
While most of their kids are part-time, they are open from 7:00am – 6:00pm to meet any family’s needs. Right now, they have a great deal for for 50% off fees for 3 months for new enrolments under twos. Limited spots are available, valid until 31st October 2023.
Kiddie Academy Pukekohe
93-97 Victoria Street, Pukekohe
09 238 0232www.kece.co.nz