The rhythm of the day is profoundly nurturing and reassuring to the young child. At Children's Circle our daily rhythm ebbs and flows allowing the children/tamariki time to play and rest and time to come together for meals, circle time and story time thus providing for their important needs. Kaiako/teachers may sing through these transitions, supporting the tamariki to move through the daily rhythm with ease.
As tamariki arrive each day they are warmly welcomed by their kaiako and are supported to setttle into play and activity.
The Children's Circle home environment is immediately warm and familiar to the young child and is comfortable for our small mixed age group. Toys in our centre mostly made with natural materials and nurture the child's senses and provide opportunities for creative and imaginative play. As the tamariki become involved in play some will tend the dollies, while others will build a house or boat and another will create a farm or story. As the tamariki busy themselves in their environment kaiako are working alongside them attending to the daily tasks and taking care of the youngest members of our centre.
Circle time is a time we come together to sing songs of the season and our tamariki enjoy imitative finger games and movement activities before setting off to wash their hands before morning tea.
Morning tea is served at the beautifully set table and after saying a blessing or karakia we share the food prepared lovingly that morning.
Then it's off outside to enjoy the wonders of nature. Tamariki dress for the season as it's important for children to experience nature and the elements as much as possible. Some of the children will work in the sandpit, others will help in the garden and others yet will enjoy all sorts of child-initiated adventure. The transition from outside to lunch is when tamariki enjoy a short story. Stories are told from memory by kaiako and will be related to the current season or event and will often be in the form of a puppet play using the simple play materials in our centre. Sitting at the table, we say a karakia and share the food often produced in our very own garden and prepared daily in our centre kitchen.
The quiet time of the day follows where tamariki who need to sleep will be settled into their beds and those who don't will rest or settle into quiet activities.
As the afternoon progresses, tamariki will be able to play either inside or out depending on the weather and their needs. Afternoon tea is served and afterwards children begin to prepare for their coming home time, helping with tidying away the toys and packing up the outside equipment. Parent's are greeted warmly when they arrive to collect their child and information is shared about their child's day.