Remember that we all have our own ways of settling into a new environment. Children do experience a multitude of emotions and reactions when starting into a new environment. Some children settle with no difficulty whereas others may take longer time to settle.

As a parent, you may also have a mixture of feelings when leaving your child and concern about their settlement. Our qualified and professional staff will consider all your feelings to be significant and will seek to find ways to support you and your child in these initial steps.

Important tips to settle your child into childcare

Here are some important tips to support your child’s successful transition to centre life:

*It is very important that you spend time at the centre with your child. We recommend you to attend some introductory sessions before the official start. It will help you and your child to explore the new environment and build up relationships with teachers.

*You can supply photo of family members for your child’s locker or wall, which will help your child to make links with home. Also share some of your cultural ways and home languages with teachers.

* Always say good bye to your child before you leave. For a few days there may be some anxious and tearful moments, give them a hug and kiss, and handover to one of the teachers. It may take 5-10 minutes before teachers could engage them in an activity but you know that they are in a safe environment.

*Feel free to call the centre at any time to see how your child is doing.

At the end of the day, we will share with you how the day went and learning experiences of your child and you may have discussion on how to support your child further. Our teachers will always have an open and honest communication with you to build up the relationships so that we can give a good start to the lifelong learning journey of your child.

Coming Soon….


At Creative Garden, we value our partnership with families and whānau to enable children to reach their full potential and we are committed to provide as much support as possible. Here are some links that we would like to share with you:

Childcare subsidy information

Work and Income NZ (WINZ) – Government support to pay for Childcare fees.
Working for Families – Childcare assistance for families.
IRD tax credits for donations and childcare fees

ECE Curriculum

The NZ Te Whariki Curriculum – NZ educational curriculum which is the base of our programme planning.

Plunket – support for new mums and families.


Early years lasts foreve…

ERO Report of our sister concern in Huntly

Click to See Our ERO report For 2016
Click to See Our ERO report For 2013