Nourish – “Thriving minds, active bodies, nurtured hearts”. A slogan we hold close to our hearts, we believe that through nourishing food, children are fueled to thrive physically and mentally, whilst enjoying the benefits of coming together and connecting as a group at mealtimes.
Piccolini Havelock North are a centrewide lunch box centre. The children thoroughly enjoy this, and it promotes independence and encourage self-help skills in preparation for school.
In addition to children’s lunchboxes from home, we provide a freshly made and morning and afternoon tea for children at our centre each day – all year round. We see this as a special opportunity that allows us to not only provide nourishing food but educate children about healthy food choices and relationships with food.
Our teachers do regular baking with the children, which provides them opportunities to engage and learn a range of food preparations skills and fine motor movements such as pouring, sifting, spooning. It is a great hands on sensory experience for children to develop independence through self-help skills, practice simple maths as they measure and count quantities. The children feel a great sense of pride in helping prepare their own morning or afternoon tea.
Our Nourish menus encompass seasonal (Summer and Winter) 4 – week rotating menu, with a wide variety of nourishing meals for the children at our centre.
Our Nourish recipes are dietitian approved, and have been thoughtfully designed using the NZ Heart Foundation’s, Healthy Heart – Gold Award for Early Childhood Centres which is in line with the NZ Food & Nutrition Guidelines and the Ministry of Health (MOH) Healthy Eating for babies, toddlers and children.
Parents love the rich sense of community at Piccolini Havelock North, and our curriculum reflects our philosophy for strong relationships. We absolutely love coming together with our tamariki, whānau and community to strengthen our relationships with one another.
At our Kindergarten and Childcare, we love to celebrate! Whether it be a national week, cultural celebration, a calendar date or a themed dress up day. We especially love to celebrate each and every one of our precious tamariki on their birthday with special ceremony and tradition on their special day.
Our children enjoy walks where they can get out and explore Havelock North and nearby areas. We are fortunate that our kindy and childcare centre is a short walk from the local school, as well as other rural experiences in the Te Mata region. Other places our kaiako and children love to visit include Oderings Nursery and the local Library. We often have our local community join us in Centre for visits and enhance our children’s knowledge about people, places, things and events. The Fire Brigade are a favourite among the children.
Portfolios & Storypark
Piccolini Havelock North uses an awesome app called Storypark, which allows whānau to follow their child’s early learning journey and to ensure you don’t miss out on important centre communications.
Photos, videos and audio capture your child’s learning so you never miss a treasured moment again. You and your family can also feel more engaged in your child’s development, and you decide who you would like to invite to experience your childs learning journey with you. A perfect way to share those special moments with loved ones down the line or overseas.
Although we love to use Storypark as an online platform to communicate with parents, we also use paper portfolios for each child.
Children enjoy finding their paper portfolio and reflecting on their past activities at the centre. It is a fantastic way for children to engage in self-recognition and reflect on their personal development, as well as being a treasured keepsake for their 21st Birthday!
Contact us or book a tour of our Havelock North private kindergarten and childcare centre.
we’d love to hear from you!
We understand that your child’s education & care is a priority and that choosing the right centre can be a big decision. We would be delighted to share in your child’s learning journey. Feel welcome to contact us in whichever way is most convenient for you, or visit our centre and meet our Teaching Team!