Gladstone and Salford Preschools are independent, privately owned and operated centres. Helen Stewart and Erin Caley set up Gladstone Preschool in 1994. Their aim was to provide a centre where quality early childhood education and care for children 0 - 5 years, was available in the North Invercargill area. Helen and Erin had previously worked together for 8 years at Waikiwi Kindergarten.
In 1999, our Under Two centre opened due to the demand for quality care and education for this age group. This centre provided a safe, secure and caring environment in a homelike setting for these children.
In 2003, we saw the ever increasing demand for quality childcare and took the big step, purchasing and converting 394 Herbert Street to meet our needs for a further 0 - 5 yrs centre. This building has had a busy life with many different operations - Grocery Store, Custom Canvas, Surprises and Dance Shop.
Anna Stewart moved from her role as a new graduate Teacher from Dunedin College of Education in 1994, to partner in 2003 and sole owner from 2008.
Qualified, committed staff and excellent ratios ensure Gladstone and Salford Preschools offer a variety of active learning experiences for the development of the whole child in a warm, caring environment. We have a pool of regular relievers to cover staff that are absence. We aim to keep consistency for children and use relievers that children know and feel comfortable with.
Meals and Snacks
The children are served a healthy and substantial lunch plus morning and afternoon snacks. We have a wonderful Cook who cooks all the meals, and also makes delicious muffins, scones etc for snacks - lovely traditional homemade food. Any special dietary requirements and all baby requirements are to be provided by parents.
Allergies must be noted on the enrolment form and parents must let staff know of any changes. A weekly menu is displayed in the kitchen and at the sign in area for your information. At meal times children are encouraged to try different foods, use their manners and sit down with others. Children are encouraged to wash their own hands and faces after meals.
When sleeping or resting , children will sleep in the designated Sleep Room provided to ensure that there is adequate space to have undisturbed rest. A staff member will be responsible for monitoring children who are sleeping or resting. All children under 24months will have sleeps according to their routine at home. Children over 24 months will have a sleep/rest after lunch if required.
Children in nappies will be checked and changed regularly or as required. You are required to supply nappies for your child. We support toilet training and see this as a partnership between home and preschool. Children are encouraged to take themselves to the toilet as required but will be given assistance as required and encouraged to wash and dry their hands.
Bicultural and Mutlicultural Practices
Our preschool recognises the importance of having a strong committment to the bi-cultural hertiage of Aotearoa New Zealand and this is clearly evident in our polices, practices and procedures. We value contribution from whanau and community in enriching our Preschool environment by sharing their bi-cultural and mutli-cultural knowledge.
We are all learners and strive to provide opportunities for each child to be confident in their own culture and to be respectful towards the cultures of others.
Curriculum and Educational Progamme
Our programme is planned, observed and evaluated using Te Whariki, the Early Childhood Curriculum, by staff ensuring individual interests and strengths are being fostered.
Te Whariki is our curriculum which supports the vision for learners to "grow as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society." We believe children learn best when they are able to pursue their own interests in ways that are meaningful to them. Opportunities will be provided for children to experience active and quiet, planned and spontaneous, small group and individual learning experiences, both in and out doors. The programme provides opportunities for children to interact with each other and the environment. The learning programme offers a wide variety of learning experiences designed to challenge, stimulate and engage children's learning, these include books, music and movement, playdough, cutting, outdoor play including environment studies - gardening, pets, trips outside the centre. Mat times form a very important part of the day at Preschool. Children gain a variety of skills through participation in mat times, such as communication and language enhancement, group co-operation, discipline, self-esteem, independence and turn taking.
Details of what learning is happening for the children can be found on the walls and daily displays at Preschool and in the children's individual profiles. Children's Individual Profiles contain documentation including learning stories written from what the child is learning and children's interests. This is then extended through learning experiences during their time at Preschool. Individual Profiles are a key component in the parent - teacher partnership as they allow you to have documented input into your child's learning and development. We value your input whether it be the informal daily interactions or your voice in your child's individual profile.