New-born and Infant Daycare
We understand that choosing childcare for your infant or toddler is a big decision and we are confident you will find what you’re looking for at Summerfield. We are much more than a childcare or daycare, we provide quality care delivered by committed, experienced and qualified staff.
We believe your child should be cared for by responsive adults which is why we adapt our services to suit your child and their needs. Your child becomes part of our extended Summerfield family enjoying a safe, nurturing and fun environment where they learn, grow and thrive.
Pipi children may be small, but they develop at a rapid rate with the support of caring adults. Summerfield’s youngest children are absorbing everything the world has to offer and they thrive in a safe environment that fosters responsive care routines. They need love, attention and contact throughout their day to ensure a smooth transition between home and Summerfield.
Dedicated Space and Care
Our youngest children have their own indoor and outdoor areas that have been designed with babies in mind. This dedicated space allows our babies and toddlers specific needs to be met and also ensures they are socialising with similar aged children within a safe environment.
Our babies play space, sleep rooms and nappy change areas are separate from those of the older toddlers, ensuring they experience a calm and age-appropriate environment. Our teachers are interested in your child as an individual and pay close attention to their actions, wants and needs. The time we dedicate to your child creates close bonds, so your child always feels secure within the Summerfield environment.
Our programme puts an emphasis on self-expression and growing independence, and your child will have many opportunities to participate in an array of learning experiences. Music and movement, art experiences, language development, and physical skills are offered each and every day, alongside the promotion of self-help skills and social interactions.
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. We have a 2:7 teaching ratio in our baby’s area and a 1:4 ratio for our toddlers.
At Summerfield we aim to maintain your child’s home routines as much as possible. Your child’s routine will be discussed during your initial centre visit and orientation visits.
Transitioning to Our Paua Room
The Periwinkle group is for our oldest children in the Pipi programme. Its purpose is to support your child in their transition to the Paua room to ensure that the experience is both smooth and positive. The Periwinkle group visit the Paua centre each day for an hour giving your child plenty of opportunities to become familiar with the teachers, children and environment of the Paua centre.
They also join the Paua room for lunch in the main dining to familiarise themselves with this environment too. They then return to the Pipi centre, to spend the rest of the day with the Pipi centre children and teachers.