Open day celebrates 30th
Toi Ohomai Childcare Centre is holding an open day to celebrate 30 years of creating “learners for life” thisweekend.
The centre has a rich history — it was one of the first purposebuilt childcare centres in Tauranga, and had a licence for 25 childrenwhen it opened in 1988. It now caters for up to 115.
Though early childhood education in New Zealand has undergone a dramatic transformation over the last 30 years, this childcare centre has been forward-thinking, adaptable and consistent, allowing it to thrive for three decades. Irene Osbaldiston, team leader at the centre, says the teachers are the centre’s biggest asset.
“The teachers are the heart of our childcare centre and the relationships we have with our
children and their families are the foundationwe are built on.”
There are 16 permanent teachers (all trained in early childhood teaching)— nine of whom haveworked at the centre for more than 10 years, four for more than 15 years and two for more than 20 years.
“Our teachers want to be the best and are constantly upskilling to remain at the forefront of early childhood education. Learning starts from birth and we are privileged to help to create learners for life.”
Acommon misconception is the centre only has places for children of Toi Ohomai staff and students. This isn’t the case and the centre welcomes all children aged from 6 months to 5 years.
One of the biggest selling points is the huge outdoor space, quite possibly the largest outdoor play area in any childcare centre in Tauranga. Lush green grass, extensive gardens, sandpits, climbing structures, playhouses and natural play areas make the space enjoyable for children.
The public is invited to join teachers, children, past and present families to celebrate on November 10. Therewill be morning tea at 10.30am and speeches at 11am.
An open day is to be held at Toi Ohomai Childcare Centre.