Little Monkeys at Home was born in 2017. Our vision was to establish a small, boutique, company that offered an abundance of support to our Educators. This would be through home visits, playgroups, trips, workshops, resources and gifts of appreciation. We knew that in our teaching practices, we didn’t want to get lost in technology, plastic toys and the latest crazes on the market for our precious pre-schoolers in care. What we did want was to focus on teaching sustainable practices and encouraging our Educators to use resources that are natural or focus on the community around them with their care children to support them in making sense of their world. Growing seasonal produce in the garden, wooden toys made by a local carpenter, creating learning resources out of natural products, bush walks and exploring nature, recognizing and celebrating cultural festivals, making mud pies in the back yard and building forts with blankets on rainy days were all part of what we inspired to create and teach.
Little Monkeys at Home Vision
Little Monkeys at Home, strive to provide quality education and equitable learning opportunities, removing barriers to ensure that each child reaches their potential.
Little Monkeys at Home Values
Our teaching and learning is based around the following values:
- Child centred
- Innovative and professional Educators
- Collaborative relationships
- Community focused
- Stimulating environment
Little Monkeys at Home Philosophy
- At Little Monkeys at Home, we believe that children bring with them prior experience and knowledge and we have been entrusted to build upon each child’s uniqueness.
- We acknowledge the importance of collaborative relationships between whānau, Kaioko, children, Educators and the wider community and strive to provide an environment where whānau feel informed, supported and a sense of belonging. We value the input and the knowledge that comes from whānau about their children.
- Little Monkeys at Home is about creating a positive and fun environment that enables children to develop curiosity, confidence, respect, a love of learning and to be creative. We provide learning opportunities based on children’s interest and acknowledge that play based learning is best.
- We encourage our Educators to provide experiences that foster curiosity in the natural world and a focus on sustainable environmental practises.
- We at Little Monkeys at Home, provide an environment that is inclusive and equitable where we go the extra mile to support our children, families and our wider community.
- As Educators we strive to walk alongside the children through their educational journey, contributing our passion, motivation and creativeness along the way.
Our Home. Our Family. Our Community.
We run weekly activities for our Educators to attend which include playgroups, soccer sessions, music groups and a gym class. We also offer termly trips to places of interest. Some of these trips have included a guided tour around the Wild Base recovery centre, Foxton beach, rock hunting at local reserves and a trip to the local butterfly park. Our Little Monkeys get loads of opportunities to socialise with their peers through these planned outings as well as playdates with their Educators to other Educators homes.
Professional development and training are an important part of supporting our Educators. We understand how busy they are and wanted to deliver these opportunities in a way that didn’t put pressure on them to give up their weekends or evenings. We wanted to remove the barriers so that everyone could attend and provide support in an environment that was relaxed and fun!!!
Each month we run workshops for our Educators at our Monday playgroup. While the children engage in activities with our Kaiako, another of our Kaiako leads the Educators workshops.
These workshops are related to our policies and licensing criteria. We often have guest speakers in to support the learning for both the Educators and the children.
Some of the workshops we run include:
- Health and safety – emergency supplies and processes
- Creating sensory resources – fidget boards, instruments
- Making natural cleaning products – kitchen sprays and hand soap
- How to run their business effectively – contracts, tax returns, communication
implementing the Early Childhood Curriculum – planning, getting to know Te Whariki
Two of our Kaiako are trained facilitators in delivering the parenting toolbox workshops which provides additional resources and learning opportunities for our Educators.
We provide free first aid courses to all of our Educators. Our courses are run from our premises, which is a homely environment. People attending are familiar faces which make for a lot more comfortable learning environment.
We encourage all of our Educators to work towards completing their level four certificate in Early Childhood Education. We have worked alongside Ignite colleges to develop this on line course and they are our preferred provider. We love sharing in our Educator’s success and walk alongside them from start to finish on their accademic journey!!
Little Monkeys at Home
10 Pascal Street, Takaro, PALMERSTON NORTH (Office)
0800 L Monkey
Haere Mai, Come Visit Us
We would love to chat about how we can meet your childcare or career needs. Email us to make a time to call into our offices or to meet our staff, to see how we operate.