Early Childhood Educators
We understand the integral role our teachers play in your child’s wellbeing and development and our robust screening and interviewing process ensures only the best teachers join our team. We are very proud that 95% of our teachers are qualified and certified Early Childhood Education Teachers.
From Summerfield’s early beginnings, Mary-Rose felt it was important to establish a dedicated Management and Administration team to allow our teachers to focus on delivering high quality care and education to the children. Over the past 3 decades, our founder Mary-Rose has built a passionate and committed team who genuinely want your child to have exceptional experiences every day.
Child: Teacher Ratios
We firmly believe that valued staff are happy staff and that this filters down to reach every child. We are extremely proud that many of our teachers have been with us for over 10 years. With child: teacher ratios well above the Ministry of Education’s requirements, we ensure a high level of care, interaction and education with dedicated focus on your child.
Enquiring little minds and hands deserve lots of attention from qualified and experienced teachers. Our skilled teachers nurture, care for and consider your child’s needs to ensure their ongoing happiness, well-being and education are supported.
Early Childhood Curriculum
Summerfield’s learning programme is based on Te Whāriki: The New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum and teachers use this, alongside the NZ primary school curriculum document, to support children’s ongoing learning.
One of our 7 principles is Teach me with Love. Authentic relationships with our children and families is at the heart of what we do. As a teaching team we seek to understand your child’s background, interests and ways of learning. We know a child learns best when they are encouraged, acknowledged and have strong connections with others.
Our teachers are police vetted and immunised. We have 14 teachers who hold current First Aid certificates and there is always a minimum of 3 on site at any one time.