Play paves the way to learn­ing

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Want qual­ity care for your child? Come to Kids Rock Early Learn­ing Cen­tre in Ti­rau.

Set in the hub of a ru­ral town, Kids Rock is pas­sion­ate about the sim­ple things in life that are now mem­o­ries.

The cen­tre un­cov­ers th­ese by adding sim­ple touches of nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment; a beau­ti­ful gar­den, a fun mud-pit, a lovely water­fall in the sand­pit, lengthy and in­ter­est­ing bike track, mock river bed of rocks and sen­sory gar­dens.

Com­ple­ment­ing th­ese are qual­i­fied and ex­pe­ri­enced teach­ers, ex­cel­lent childteacher ra­tios and a cur­ricu­lum to en­sure the cen­tre sup­ports chil­dren’s learn­ing and in­ter­ests.

Teach­ers at Kids Rock are pas­sion­ate about the world they live in.

To sus­tain the chil­dren’s well­be­ing, morn­ing and af­ter­noon tea is pro­vided as well as a hot hearty lunch with pud­ding.

Chil­dren at Kids Rock learn through play and form­ing re­la­tion­ships with their care­givers and other chil­dren so they be­come so­cially con­fi­dent and self- reg­u­lat­ing in time for start­ing their school lives.

One of the main as­pects of school pre­pared­ness is the abil­ity of the child to self-reg­u­late, con­cen­trate and have self-con­fi­dence.

Kids Rock chil­dren en­ter school ready for con­tin­ued learn­ing with good ex­pe­ri­ences on which to base their learn­ing.

Kids Rock teach­ers have been in­spired by the re­spect­ful prac­tices ad­vo­cated by Emmi Pik­ler – an ap­proach that is based on re­spect for chil­dren and form­ing well-ad­justed and com­pe­tent young learn­ers.

Ev­ery­one is wel­come to ex­pe­ri­ence the cen­tre.

Wal­ton Pri­mary is a coun­try school of 110 pupils. It has a fine rep­u­ta­tion for ed­u­ca­tional ex­cel­lence and is well re­sourced. It has a lovely shar­ing and car­ing fam­ily at­mos­phere where chil­dren can de­velop so­cially, emo­tion­ally and aca­dem­i­cally.

A free bus is pro­vided for chil­dren who come from town and sur­rounds.

The school was es­tab­lished in 1896 and main­tains strong links to a sup­port­ive, car­ing com­mu­nity. The longserv­ing staff are con­sci­en­tious and al­ways have the in­ter­ests of their stu­dents at heart.

Val­ues of car­ing for oth­ers, re­spon­si­bil­ity, cu­rios­ity, co-op­er­a­tion, in­tegrity, re­silience and self­dis­ci­pline are im­por­tant to ev­ery­one at Wal­ton and are the foun­da­tion of the school. Aca­dem­i­cally, there is em­pha­sis on lit­er­acy, nu­mer­acy, think­ing/ prob­lem solv­ing skills and devel­op­ing chil­dren’s tech­nol­ogy skills for a 21st cen­tury learner. Sports, fit­ness and the arts are all in the cur­ricu­lum.

Great learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment: The Kids Rock Early Learn­ing Cen­tre out­door play area.

Tech­no­log­i­cally savvy: Summer Nikora and Brooke Dun­bar hard at work on one of the Wal­ton School’s lap­tops.

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