A little bit about us

Children's Circle is a small family owned centre fully licensed by the Ministry of Education and nestled in the downstairs of the owners house overlooking a peaceful semi rural valley in the heart of Welcome Bay. From the deck the children can see the cows and the sheep grazing in the paddocks opposite, the pukekos down in the swamp and the amazing birdlife in the trees...tuis, rosellas, fantails, waxeyes, sparrows and even kingfishers from time to time..... all sing their song during the day.

The beautiful natural outside area provides interesting little spaces for the children to play in. The sandpit and water play provide wonderful exploratory experiences and the equipment is versatile to provide for many learning opportunities.

A long path down the bank leads us to a large grassy area with a tunnel house, raised garden beds, fruit trees and even a few chooks. Here the children are involved in the growing and tending of vegetables. They help plant, tend, harvest and prepare them for our meals and then they get to eat them. They help feed the chooks and collect the eggs....the children love searching the long grass for the eggs.

Inside is a beautiful, cosy, homely environment where the children are involved in creative and imaginative play. The children love to help prepare food for their meals, they may knead the dough for their bread buns, help make pikelets or stir the muffin mixture. They might look after the dollies, build a house, create a story or draw with the beautiful beeswax crayons.....

If you are looking for an Early Childhood Centre that provides a natural, unhurried care and education programme, where you child is part of a small familiar group and not just a number, where the teachers are caring and nurturing then come and visit us to find out more.

Mission

The Mission of Children's Circle is to provide an education and care programme that protects the sanctity of early childhood. Through relationship, imaginative play, meaningful work and expressive arts each child can grow in body (tinana), mind (hinengaro) and spirit (wairua), at their own pace.

Vision

Our Vision is to create an unhurried, homelike "child space" where self initiated and directed play forms the basis for their growth and development enabling the young child to learn with and alongside others in a natural way.

Quality teaching, meaningful relationships and natural resources nurture each child's innate sense of curiosity and wonder and supports each child to grow their confidence, competence, resilience, social capacity, creativity and a sense of who they are, equipping them for life.

  • Mission

    The Mission of Children's Circle is to provide an education and care programme that protects the sanctity of early childhood. Through relationship, imaginative play, meaningful work and expressive arts each child can grow in body (tinana), mind (hinengaro) and spirit (wairua), at their own pace.
  • Vision

    Our Vision is to create an unhurried, homelike "child space" where self initiated and directed play forms the basis for their growth and development enabling the young child to learn with and alongside others in a natural way.

    Quality teaching, meaningful relationships and natural resources nurture each child's innate sense of curiosity and wonder and supports each child to grow their confidence, competence, resilience, social capacity, creativity and a sense of who they are, equipping them for life.