ere at Sunshine on sunshine we value tamariki as taonga, unique and precious. Here, tamariki learn through play facilitated by educated kaiako to suit each tamaiti. We love kids to be kids: messy play, outdoors as often as possible, celebrated for all their emotions and respectfully supported and empowered through their development.
We have 5 separate rooms at Sunshine on Sunshine, each tailored for the needs and learning development of the specific age group.
The Koru Room
Our Koru Room is our specialist nursery, catering for tamariki 0-16 months. Kaiako follow the Pikler approach which is based on respectful relationships between an adult and infant, through tender care moments with children, a naturally paced physical development, free movement and uninterrupted play.
The Kea Room
Our Kea Room is for our younger toddlers – who are active and on the move, exploring everything through their senses and with their whole bodies. Routine times are flexible and treated as rituals; a calm respectful time between Kaiako and tamariki. Kea tamariki are empowered to learn to play and interact with and alongside their peers and share an outdoor space with the older toddlers in a tuakana-teina relationship.
The Pukeko Room
The Pukeko Room is for our older toddlers. At this age, tamariki thrive best in an inclusive and respectful environment, where they are encouraged and empowered into sensory explorations, and the beginnings of independence; where there is space for outdoor play and where their changing temperaments are nurtured and respected through caring interactions.
The Piwaiwaka Room
The Piwaiwaka Room is for our 3 year olds. During this developmental stage, tamariki learn through experience, therefore, we offer a range of empowering activities and experiences to support tamariki to learn and develop, indoors and outdoors, especially in their deepening understanding of their sense of identity and place in the world. The Piwaiwaka tamariki work in tuakana-teina partnerships with the Rimu room in their shared outdoor space.
The Rimu Room
Our Rimu Room, for our 4-5 year olds, is a large natural space, where tamariki are free to explore, experiment and create understandings of the wider world. Interests, urges and needs are fostered through play guided by experienced kaiako. The Rimu room focuses on teaching tamariki how to respect themselves, others and the environment, essential skills for going to school.
Our Community Garden
Nga tamariki and kaiako are kaitiaki (guardians) of our community garden, which is where we plant and harvest vegetables and fruit as a short walk to the back of our centre. Nga tamariki have opportunities to learn how to grow vegetables and delight in eating them as well.