Little Feet Childcare Centre
Little Feet Childcare Centre is a privately owned family oriented company which was formed in 2011 by a husband and wife team (Avind & Aarti Lal) in Papatoetoe. In late 2014 they expanded their business to Mangere East.
We are open 52 weeks a year except public holidays and our opening hours are 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday. Little Feet Childcare Centre caters for children from birth (prefer 3months) to 5 years. We have been working collaboratively with the local communities and Educational Institutes in providing a positive learning outcome for all the children enrolled in our Centre.
Children are precious and our role in supporting their development is one that is purposeful and well thought out. We are a calm, respectful, responsive and well-established team who believe in teaching by supporting and encouraging children’s independence and development of their self-esteem.
Little Feet Childcare Centre is making private education more accessible to communities by providing a range of preschool models with very competitive fees and curriculum, thus making private education more affordable.
The sheer diversity of nationalities in Cupid schools provides with a unique opportunity to interact with everyone from around the world.
Children are exposed to Information and Communication Technology from an early age. These ICT facilities enable to create a sense of interest in students as they see and learn.
The concept of the activity room is about ‘Learning’, through play, in a totally different environment. All games are conducted as a part of the planned educational programme.
Music And Art Room
Music and Art is an integral part of the curriculum. We have well-equipped music and art rooms where students are encouraged to discover and develop their talents.
Positive relationships between staff, parents and whānau have resulted in children having a strong sense of belonging in the centre. Children settle quickly into the programme choosing activities to explore. These experiences keep them engaged for a sustained period. Routines in the daily programme support children to use their initiative to lead their own learning though play. Children engage in interesting and imaginative conversations with each other and adults.
Teachers use a primary caregiving approach to support infants and toddlers settle into the centre. The learning environment helps to promote play that encourages children to be creative. The outdoor playground is shared between infants and toddlers. It is timely for teachers to review how well the curriculum for this age group responds to individual children’s interests, needs, and developmental abilities.
Programme documentation shows how children’s interests guide the programme. These are attractively displayed. Children’s portfolios are valued and often added to by families. They clearly show children’s experiences at the centre.
Teachers are committed to implementing te reo and aspects of tikanga Māori in the daily programme. They are working on building up their resources to reflect more Māori values. The centre leader models and mentors teachers to build their knowledge on some Pacific cultures, songs and languages. Children from the various Pacific heritages are supported to be successful learners.
The centre has clear processes for implementing a regular performance management system. Teachers are supported to build on their leadership capability. Centre leaders are strengthening the appraisal process to include Tātaiako – Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Māori Learners, which is resulting in positive outcomes for all children.
The learning environment is well resourced to promote science, biculturalism, literacy and mathematics. The outdoor playground equipment caters for children’s physical play. Teachers could further encourage the use of natural resources in all areas of play to enhance and enrich the programme of creativity and imaginative play.