Our Environment ....
Providing authentic and real life experiences for all children to engage with, is recognised as important ensuring we are working to interests and needs of the child. Weka's environmental approach allows the child to work to their own rythym by having spaces to dine when hungry, spaces to escape for quiet time, spaces to investigate about wonder and curiosity and spaces to foster extensional learning, but most importantly spaces to play and have fun.
Weka's resources inside and outside supports up-cycling with open ended materials. This allows children to think outside the box and perceive what they desire with the resources - making their creativity, imagination and ability to be a deep thinker come alive.
Weka's four age appropriate lounges (Inside and Out) are designed ensuring children can freely explore with resources and opportunities that don't hender their development. We recognise this as vital, allowing the child to be comfortable and confident, learning at their own pace and not having to compete against the older children whom can dominate the play occuring around them.
Inside outside flow is offered daily across the centre, encouraging the children daily to explore freely and within all environments 'No such thing as Bad Weather, just Bad Clothing'.
Weka emphasises that nature can provide such a wealth of opportunity and wonder. Allowing the children to foster an understanding about been guardians of the earth and the importance in our actions to respect and value where we live and all living things within it. We are privileged to live in a community that offers a vast range of opportunities beyond our front gate - with weekly visits for three learning lounges that venture into our surrounding reserves while also visiting local businesses, schools or community events.