Children performing on stage in Albany daycare.
Children performing on stage in Albany daycare.

Information for Our Parents

We understand that choosing the right care and education for your child is one of your biggest decisions. Every child is unique, and we offer a specialised learning environment, with uncompromising quality standards tailored to the needs of your child. We want you to have all the information you need to make the right decision for your child’s care and early education. We consider it an absolute privilege to partner with you, to share in your child’s formative years. Below you will find a variety of links to useful information about visiting us, applying for a place at Summerfield and some frequently asked questions.

Large outdoor daycare area with playground in Albany, Auckland.

Visit Summerfield

To find out if Summerfield is the right choice for you and your child it is best to come and visit us. You will meet with our management team, tour the centre, observe our progammes and have the opportunity to get all of your questions answered.

Painting by children at Albany daycare.

Apply Now

If you are ready to apply for a position for your child at Summerfield, please complete the application form. You can print the form off, complete it and either drop it off to Summerfield in Albany or scan and email it back us. We will contact you shortly after receiving the completed form.

FAQ’s

Over the 3 decades that we have been caring for and educating children there are a number of questions we are asked most often. We have answered these below and hope they provide you with helpful information as you consider your childcare options. If you have a question that is not listed, please feel free to contact us.

News

Every month we post a newsletter which contains important and helpful information about upcoming events at Summerfield, new programmes, current topics, educational tips and much more. We also keep an archive of older ones for your reference.

Frequently Asked Questions

Over the 30+ years that we have been caring for and educating children there have been a number of questions that we’ve been asked most often. We have answered these below and hope they help you as you consider your childcare options. If we haven’t answered your question below, please feel free to contact us, we are only too happy to help.

What should I look for when choosing a quality early education centre?

When looking for childcare here are 7 things, we recommend you consider:

  • Interactions – Teachers should be, interacting, listening, supporting and enjoying the children. Children should be engaged, involved and happy.
  • Staff retention – While there will always be some teacher movement, a sign of a good centre is a core team of stable staff.
  • Role of a teacher – Teachers are there to work with children not to do duties that takes their time and attention away from the children e.g. laundry, food prep or housekeeping duties.
  • Environment – Is there enough indoor and outdoor space and equipment? Is the equipment age appropriate and does it challenge and interest the children?
  • Safety and hygiene – The physical environment should be safety checked by staff daily and examined by appropriate contractors regularly. A housekeeper should take care of day-to-day cleaning and commercial cleaners should be employed to clean at the end of each day.
  • Communication – Receiving regular communication in a variety of ways is key to ensure an authentic relationship between centre and child.

Education Review Office. ERO’s reports provide information for parents and communities about strengths and next steps for development for each ECE service. To read Summerfield’s latest ERO report go to: https://www.ero.govt.nz/review-reports/summerfield-early-learning-centre-09-09-2016/

What are your child: teacher ratio’s?

Our child: teacher ratios are well above the Ministry of Education’s requirements, which ensures a high level of dedicated care, interaction and education for your child. In our Pipi Room we have a 2:7 teaching ratio for infants and a 1:4 ratio for toddlers. Our Paua Room has a 1:6 teaching ratio and the Pohutukawa Room has a 1:8 teaching ratio.

Are your teachers qualified? Or what qualifications do your teachers hold?

We understand the integral role our teachers play in your child’s wellbeing and development and ensure a robust screening and interviewing process. We are very proud that 95% of our teachers are qualified and certified Early Childhood Education Teachers.

Do you have spaces available now?

Although we tend to have a waiting list, we do from time to time, have spaces available immediately. Please contact us to find out if we have space for your child now.

What are orientation visits?

Our orientation visits are designed to help your child transition smoothly from being at home to spending their days at Summerfield. Prior to starting with us we will contact you to arrange a series of visits at no cost to you. These visits allow you and your child to begin to establish relationships with the teachers and to become familiar with routines and the environment at Summerfield.

How do I prepare my child for their time at Summerfield?

You can help your child prepare for their time at Summerfield by:

  • Firstly preparing yourself. You need to feel comfortable with the centre you’ve chosen and confident your child will be well looked after. Your child will pick up on your confidence & this will help them feel secure.
  • Talk positively about Summerfield. Tell them about the fun things they will do (e.g. painting, playing, climbing etc). Your child will pick up on any worries you have about the centre so it’s important you ALWAYS speak confidently and positively about Summerfield when your child is around.
  • Encourage independence appropriate to their age. For example:
    – For an infant or toddler, give your child some time to explore on their own.
    – Encourage toddlers to sleep independently. Rather than rocking your child (or lying in bed with them) sit beside your child and pat them.
    – For an older child, encourage them to carry their own bag, feed themselves, and put their shoes on independently.

If we haven’t answered your question above, please feel free to contact us, we are only too happy to help.

Information for Our Parents

We understand that choosing the right care and education for your child is one of your biggest decisions. Every child is unique, and we offer a specialised learning environment, with uncompromising quality standards tailored to the needs of your child. We want you to have all the information you need to make the right decision for your child’s care and early education. We consider it an absolute privilege to partner with you, to share in your child’s formative years. Below you will find a variety of links to useful information about visiting us, applying for a place at Summerfield and some frequently asked questions.

Large outdoor daycare area with playground in Albany, Auckland.

Visit Summerfield

To find out if Summerfield is the right choice for you and your child it is best to come and visit us. You will tour the centre, meet with our management team and have the opportunity to get all of your questions answered. When touring the rooms, you will see spacious indoor and outdoor environments, observe our programme in action and learn about the orientation visits that support your child’s transition into the Summerfield family.

Apply Now

If you are ready to apply for a position at Summerfield please complete the application form. You can print the form off, complete it and either drop it off to Summerfield in Albany or scan and email it back us. We will contact you shortly after receiving the completed form.

FAQ’s

Over the 3 decades that we have been caring for and educating children there are a number of questions we are asked most often. We have answered these below and hope they provide you with information as you consider your childcare options. If you have a question that is not listed, please feel free to contact us.

News

Every month we post a newsletter which contains important and helpful information about upcoming events at Summerfield, new programmes, current topics, educational tips and much more. We also keep an archive of older ones for your reference.

Frequently Asked Questions

Over the 30+ years that we have been caring for and educating children there have been a number of questions that we are asked most often. We have answered these below and hope they help you as you consider your childcare options. If we haven’t answered your question below, please feel free to contact us, we are only too happy to help.

What should I look for when choosing a quality early education centre?

When looking for childcare for your child here are 7 things, we recommend you consider:

  • Interactions. Teachers should be, interacting, listening, supporting and enjoying the children. Children should be engaged, involved and happy.
  • Staff retention. While there will always be some teacher movement, a sign of a good centre is a core team of stable staff.
  • Role of a teacher. Teachers are there to work with children not to do duties that takes their time and attention away from the children e.g. laundry, food prep, housekeeping duties.
  • Environment. Is there enough indoor and outdoor space and equipment? Is the equipment age appropriate and does it challenge and interest the children?
  • Safety and hygiene. The physical environment should be safety checked by staff daily and examined by appropriate contractors regularly. A housekeeper should take care of day-to-day cleaning and commercial cleaners should be employed to clean at the end of each day.
  • Communication. Receiving regular communication in a variety of ways is key to ensure an authentic relationship between centre and child.

Education Review Office. ERO’s reports provide information for parents and communities about strengths and next steps for development for each ECE service. To read Summerfield’s latest ERO report go to: https://www.ero.govt.nz/review-reports/summerfield-early-learning-centre-09-09-2016/

What are your child: teacher ratio’s?

Our child: teacher ratios are well above the Ministry of Education’s requirements, which ensures a high level of dedicated care, interaction and education for your child. In our Pipi Room we have a 2:7 teaching ratio for infants and a 1:4 ratio for toddlers. Our Paua Room has a 1:6 teaching ratio and the Pohutukawa Room has a 1:8 teaching ratio.

Are your teachers qualified? Or what qualifications do your teachers hold?

We understand the integral role our teachers play in your child’s wellbeing and development and ensure a robust screening and interviewing process. We are very proud that 95% of our teachers are qualified and certified Early Childhood Education Teachers.

Do you have spaces available now?

Although we tend to have a waiting list, we do from time to time, have spaces available immediately. Please contact us to find out if we have space for your child now.

What are orientation visits?

Our orientation visits are designed to help your child transition smoothly from being at home to spending their days at Summerfield. Prior to starting with us we will contact you to arrange a series of visits at no cost to you. These visits allow you and your child to begin to establish relationships with the teachers and to become familiar with routines and the environment at Summerfield.

How do I prepare my child for their time at Summerfield?

You can help your child prepare for their time at Summerfield by:

  • First prepare yourself. You need to feel comfortable with the centre you’ve chosen and confident your child will be well looked after. Your child will pick up on your confidence & this will help them feel secure.
  • Talk positively about Summerfield. Tell them about the fun things they will do (e.g. painting, playing, climbing etc). Your child will pick up on any worries you have about the centre so it’s important you ALWAYS speak confidently and positively about Summerfield when your child is around.
  • Encourage independence appropriate to their age. For example:
    – For an infant or toddler, give your child some time to explore on their own.
    – Encourage toddlers to sleep independently. Rather than rocking your child (or lying in bed with them) sit beside your child and pat them.
    – For an older child, urge them to carry their own bag, feed themselves, and put their shoes on independently.

If we haven’t answered your question above, please feel free to contact us, we are only too happy to help.