Our kitchen is the heart of the centre, where our talented chef creates healthy, well-balanced and nutritious meals, so you know your children are eating well every day, without you having to worry about packing lunches!
Nutrition is so important for young children as it is directly linked to all aspects of their growth and development. We are also mindful of any food allergies or introlerances your child may have. Please specify these at time of enrolment.
Each season, our menu is changed to suit the weather. We also want to make the most of delicious, seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables. So your child tastes a variety of meals, our menu is on a 4-week rotation.
Curious about what your child is eating? Ask us for a copy of today’s menu.
On a specified day, we have a centrewide Lunch Box Day. The children thoroughly enjoy this, and it promotes independence and encourage self-help skills in preparation for school.
Parents love the rich sense of community at Happy Feet Richmond, and our curriculum reflects our philosophy for strong relationships. We absolutely love coming together with our tamariki, whānau and community to strengthen our relationships with one another.
At Happy Feet Richmond we love to celebrate! Whether it be a national week, cultural celebration, a calendar date or a themed dress up day. Some of the events on our annual calendar include Chinese New Year, Seaweek – Kaupapa Moana, Saint Patrick’s Day, Samoan Language week, Matariki Maori New Year, Tongan Language Week and Diwali.
Transition to School
At Happy Feet Richmond, we often get positive feedback from our parents and teachers from our local Primary Schools about our Transition to School Programme – Rising Fives.
We hold this programme close to our hearts and consider it a real point of difference in our community.
We believe in building a foundation for children to transition to school as confident, capable learners. Our Rising Fives extension programme is run by our in-house Primary School trained teacher in which our 4 year old children engage in structured daily sessions that focus on literacy and numeracy. The lessons are catered to each individual childs needs and build on key skills such as listening and following instructions, being involved, working alongside one another, extending concentration and promoting independence. Each child has their own workbook which they keep all their work in and can be shared during School visits.
Happy Feet Richmond meet regularly and network with the local Primary Schools; Richmond Primary School, St Paul’s School and Henley School and work closely to ensure best outcomes for children who are ready to start their next journey to Primary School.
Portfolios & Storypark
We use an awesome app called Storypark, which allows whānau to follow their child’s early learning journey and to ensure you don’t miss out on important centre communications.
Photos, videos and audio capture your child’s learning so you never miss a treasured moment again. You and your family can also feel more engaged in your child’s development, and you decide who you would like to invite to experience your childs learning journey with you. A perfect way to share those special moments with loved ones down the line or overseas.
Although we love to use Storypark as an online platform to communicate with parents, we also use paper portfolios for each child.
Children enjoy finding their paper portfolio and reflecting on their past activities at the centre. It is a fantastic way for children to engage in self-recognition and reflect on their personal development, as well as being a treasured keepsake for their 21st Birthday!
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We understand that your child’s education & care is a priority and that choosing the right centre can be a big decision. We would be delighted to share in your child’s learning journey. Feel welcome to contact us in whichever way is most convenient for you, or visit our centre and meet our Teaching Team!