Inspiring Minds Childcare was purpose built in Kerikeri by Kaye Dawson to establish and create a natural, aesthetic environment to foster positive relationships with tamariki, their family (whānau) and the community.
We are situated at the beginning of Purerua road five minutes from Waipapa and only 10 minutes from Kerikeri township. Our centre is situated in a rural setting surrounded by nature.
We are a small, intimate centre with a maximum of 32 tamariki each day. Our centre is dedicated to getting to know the whole whānau and what makes them who they are.
Most of the daycares provide facilities that cater to tamariki aged from 3 months till they are five or six years old (when they start school). Thus, when a tamariki could attend early childhood education, largely depends on your personal circumstances and choices.
Ministry of Education;
Research shows that tamariki who are involved in quality early childhood education (ECE) benefit in many ways, and that these benefits also extend to their whānau and the wider community.
Taking part in ECE builds a strong foundation for the ongoing education, learning and development of your tamariki. Tamariki learn lots of new skills by participating in ECE, building on the skills they learn at home and from their whānau.
Every child care has a Centre philosophy which highlights it’s core values and further helps design the centre’s learning and teaching programmes. Before deciding on any early childhood education facility, every parent should ask for and check whether the child care provider’s philosophy delivers and matches with their expectations and values.
Before enrolling, a parent has the right and should visit the centre to check the childcare environment for its safety, health/hygiene standards and compliance with ministry regulations. Ask for the details of facilities provided, fees structures, kitchen/meal facilities and staff qualifications. Also in your visit, include time to meet up with the kaiako and know of their teaching practices. Bring your tamariki so you can see how comfortable they are in that particular environment.
"Over the past 4 years we have watched Inspiring Minds grow and change but still remain, we believe, the best day care centre in Kerikeri. The teachers are passionate about what they do and the children just seem to thrive in the amazing environment created for them. Even tho some days like all mums I struggled to leave my babies, I have always believed that Inspiring Minds was like an extension of my home (except I think you guys have more patience than us!)"
"My children who have both been to Inspiring Minds have very different personalities but they have been encouraged every day to express themselves and develop in their own time. They learn amazing problem solving skills, math skills, just everyday skills! They have built great relationships with their carers, they feel like family to us. As a parent my concerns and feelings are always taken into consideration and openly received."
"My son has loved coming every week and with your teaching and support his confidence grows every week. Your lovely interactions with my son have been wonderful to watch and hear about. And I appreciate all the support you have shown me as a new parent. Amazing teachers!! You all inspire me!"
"We chose Inspiring Minds for their open space to play and explore, the teaching philosophies and practices that they follow, and most importantly, the amazing staff who nurture our children."
"I have had two children enrolled at Inspiring Minds and I couldn’t praise them high enough. My eldest started school last year and was well prepared and confident for the transition after her years at inspiring minds. They offer a creative and caring environment and establish fantastic relationships between staff, parents and children."
"I can't recommend Inspiring Minds enough, this has been such a loving, nurturing second home for my babies. The teachers and philosophies are kind, creative and respectful and I am 100% confident to leave my next wee babe there too. Our family has made some life long friends through Inspiring Minds and it will always have a special place in our hearts."