Who We Are
Epsom Community Creche is a licensed sessional early childhood centre with a maximum 15 children between the age of 2 to 5 in each session. The centre's two staff, supported by parent helpers provide children with a nurturing environment as they take their first steps into the wider world. The service is often the important first start for young children as they enter their early childhood educational experience. We are one of the only local sessional early childhood centres that offer morning sessions to two year olds.
The creche staff are both qualified and registered early childhood educators and undertake regular professional development. The Creche is externally reviewed by the Education Review Office (ERO) every three years. The most recent ERO report is available on line at www.ero.co.nz, and copies of the report are also available at the centre.
Our planning for the session begins with noticing, recognising and responding to the children's interests and developmental needs, working from that point rather than from a teacher-focused perspective. While Te Whariki, the early childhood curriculum, forms the foundation of our curriculum and informs our practice, our day to day activities and interactions with the children stem from the children's own interests and are, therefore, spontaneous, flexible and responsive. Together, children and teachers decide which direction the learning will take. Children and teachers, parents and whanau learn alongside one another.
At Epsom Community Creche we believe that each child develops not alone, but with their family, whanau, wider cultural community and learning communities. We recognise the importance of family and cultural values and seek to work in reciprocal and responsive partnerships with parents and whanau. Read more about our philosophy.
Our Management Committee
The Creche is an Incorporated Society governed by a Constitution, which allows for a nine-member Management Committee made up of parents and the centre Supervisor. The Committee is responsible for financial management, fundraising and grants, marketing, aspects of administration and other special projects. The Creche operates with a combination of government funding and fees paid by parents. As a non-profit, community-based centre, we can sometimes access generous grants to help with larger projects, such as the new playground, completed in early 2010.