At Inspiring Minds all kaiako work full time to ensure that strong relationships with tamariki are established and nurtured. The centre has three rooms consisting of up to 8 infants, 8 toddlers and 16 three and four year olds. There are two kaiako in each room ensuring quality care is maintained. All kaiako hold a current teacher registration and have many years experience.
The infant and toddler programme at Inspiring Minds is inspired by the practice of Emmi Pikler and Magda Gerber. This practice is based on respect. We allow tamariki the time, space, freedom, and support to be themselves and discover the world in their own way. Relationships are the foundation of all that we do at Inspiring Minds. We use a primary care system where one kaiako takes sole responsibility for a tamariki to help them settle into their new environment and to establish a relationship with that tamariki and their whanau. This system of primary care builds a strong relationship between tamariki and kaiako adding to the security a tamariki feels within this environment. When tamariki feel secure they feel confident to play and learn. Click here to view the infant and toddler practice pamphlet.