En­vi­ron­ment en­hances child’s learn­ing

The ZigZagZoo Early Learn­ing Cen­tre is pas­sion­ate and en­thu­si­as­tic about pro­vid­ing a re­spect­ful, re­spon­sive and peace­ful ed­u­ca­tional learn­ing pro­gramme for all in­fants and chil­dren.

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Zig Zag Zoo was es­tab­lished in 2010 by Nikki and Mike as they de­cided it was the right time for an ad­di­tional Early Learn­ing Cen­tre to be in­tro­duced in Queen­stown.

‘‘We both felt that Queen­stown needed a cen­tre with a point of dif­fer­ence, that be­ing the in­spi­ra­tion to fol­low the Reg­gio and RIE phi­los­o­phy,’’ says Nikki.

‘‘The pro­gram suits the com­mu­ni­ties way of life and en­cour­ages com­mu­nity and fam­ily con­nec­tions, whilst emo­tion­ally and ed­u­ca­tion­ally pre­par­ing the chil­dren for school and life be­yond the early years.’’

Cater­ing for chil­dren aged three months to five years Zig Zag Zoo of­fers two cen­tres, one at Re­mark­ables Park, the other in Henry St, Queen­stown.

Both cen­tres are pur­pose­built to cater for child­care.

They are mod­ern, en­vi­ron­men­tally sound, have year round un­der­floor heat­ing, state-of-the-art equip­ment and highly ex­pe­ri­enced teach­ers and staff.

‘‘The phi­los­o­phy is also unique,’’ Nikki says.

‘‘It is con­sid­ered one of the lead­ing pro­grams world­wide and has an in­cred­i­ble foun­da­tion for both the ed­u­caitonal and emo­tional side of car­ing for our chil­dren.

‘‘It is the first of its kind in Queen­stown.’’

Be­ing lo­cally owned, Zig Zag Zoo, pro­vides a con­nec­tion to the com­mu­nity and Nikki and Michael are both ded­i­cated to the chil­dren and fam­ily’s who use their ser­vice.

‘‘We try to en­gage in lo­cal events and busi­nesses that align them­selves with fam­ily and com­mu­nity so that we can sup­port the re­la­tion­ship be­tween ed­u­cat­ing our chil­dren and the com­mu­nity as a whole,’’ says Nikki.

Zig Zag Zoo’s en­vi­ron­ment is such that it is con­sid­ered the third teacher and en­hances ev­ery child’s learn­ing. It is val­ued, re­spected, or­gan­ised, invit­ing, en­gag­ing, well re­sourced and calm.

The com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween par­ents, chil­dren and teach­ers, and the re­la­tion­ships that are fos­tered be­tween them are es­sen­tial el­e­ments in sup­port­ing the young child’s learn­ing and devel­op­ment.

Teach­ers and staff con­sult with, lis­ten care­fully to, and ac­knowl­edge each par­ent’s as­pi­ra­tions for their own child, and en­deavor to achieve these.

Our Teach­ing Team cel­e­brates and de­lights in the Jour­ney of Learn­ing of each child.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.zigzagzoo.co.nz.

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