EPSOM COMMUNITY CRECHE
NOT FOR PROFIT, LICENSED EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTRE
Welcome to our friendly, vibrant, community-based, not-for-profit, early childhood centre. We have been operating in the heart of Epsom for over 30 years.
Children start at Epsom Community Crèche from the age of 2.
First in our morning sessions that run from 9am to 12.30pm, then once they are older (2.5+ yrs and above, and no longer have an afternoon sleep) in our all day sessions 9am - 2pm
We aim to provide a loving, stimulating, fun and safe environment for your child to begin their educational journey. We support your child as they move through their developmental stages and discover the many wonders of our big wide world. Our experienced and fully qualified staff are passionate about providing the guidance and care children need in this home away from home environment.
2 YEARS OLD AND UP!
MORNING SESSION (9am - 12.30pm)
2 YEAR OLD - $28 PER SESSION
3 YEAR OLD - $25 PER SESSION
ALL DAY SESSION (9am - 2pm)
2 YEAR OLD* - $40 PER SESSION
3 YEAR OLD - $25 PER SESSION
*All day sessions are open to children 2.5 years plus, who no longer regularly nap after lunchtime.
SESSIONS RUN 9AM- 12.30PM AND 9AM - 2PM, MONDAY - FRIDAY
Learn & Explore
Epsom Community Crèche, operating in the heart of Epsom for over 30 years, is a vibrant, community-based early childhood centre that provides care and education for children from the age of two.
Many children start their early childhood education journey with us, enjoying, first our 3½ hour morning sessions, that are short in length and big on activity, before making the small step up to our 5 hour, full day sessions. and then making the transition to the longer days at our local kindergartens and childcare centres.
We’re unique in that our Crèche is one of the only local early childhood centre that offer morning sessions to children from the age of two years old.
The Crèche’s three, fully qualified teachers, two for each session, supported by a parent helper, offer children a nurturing environment as they take their first steps into the wider world.
We offer a wide variety of activities and equipment for play in art and painting, music, books, puzzles, family play, play dough, sand and water, nature/science, and outdoor physically active play. During the session opportunity exists for group, parallel and individual play. Whilst children are free to select their own activities, they are encouraged to get involved, to persevere and complete tasks, and to try new things.
Our programme is planned to foster the development and creativity of each child. Play and learning are self-paced and self-directed, with children being guided and encouraged through activities. Positive values such as sharing, caring and co-operation with others are fostered.
The Crèche programme is based on the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whāriki. Through our weekly Facebook updates, emails, group learning stories on the walls, discussions with our parents, and your children's portfolios, we aim to share with parents some of the learning that is taking place.
Come visit us!
Mon: 9am - 2pm
Tue: 9am - 2pm
Wed: 9am - 2pm
Thu: 9am - 2pm
Fri: 9am - 2pm
We recommend children attend a minimum of two sessions per week, as we believe this helps children settle into the Crèche routines and the development of their independence and friendships within the Crèche community is enhanced.
9.00 am- 10.15 am - Welcome, settling and children enjoy free play
10.15 am - 10.30 am - Children come together for morning tea,
10.30 - 10.45 - Singing, rhymes and stories for children who want to join in
10.45 am - 11.45 am - Children enjoy free play
11.45 am - 11.55 am - Tidy up time
11.55 am - 12.10 pm - Mat time, singing and stories before lunch
12.10 - 12.30 pm - Lunch time (before home time for our morning children)
12.30 pm - 2 pm - Ako Afternoons -
Some of our older children (2.5 years+, who no longer regularly nap) stay for our Ako Afternoons, where they enjoy free play, and teacher led projects. Enrolling your child for Ako Afternoons is a wonderful way to prepare them for the longer hours of kindergarten in a familiar, stimulating environment, with high teacher - child ratios.
Term Dates 2021
Term One - 3rd February 2021 - Friday 16th April 2021
Term Two - Monday 3rd May 2021 - Friday 9th July 2021
Term Three - Monday 26th July 2021 - Friday 1st October 2021
Term Four - Monday 18th October 2021 - Wednesday 15th December 2021
The Crèche is closed during school holidays and public holidays, and our term times approximate the primary school calendar, running around ten weeks. You will be advised of the dates for each term in advance.
Fees for two year olds are $28.00 per 3.5 hour session (9am-12.30pm). For a five hour session (9am - 2pm), fees are $40 per session for two year olds.
Fees for three year olds, enrolled under the 20 Hours ECE scheme, are $25.00 per session (for either a 3.5 hour session or a five hour session).
A $60 bond is payable once your child starts at Creche. Two weeks notice of your child leaving Creche is required for the bond to be returned to you.
A one-off $30 portfolio and Storypark (0nline portfolio) fee.
The bond, portfolio fee and term fees are payable two weeks after being invoiced.
Payments During Absences From Crèche
Crèche fees are charged for booked sessions each term. Full rates are charged for all absences from Crèche, i.e. sickness, and family holidays. You will not be charged for any days or weeks that Crèche is closed during the year, which includes all public holidays.
You may qualify for assistance with childcare costs from Work and Income. To find out more visit their website at www.workingforfamilies.govt.nz
EPSOM COMMUNITY CRECHE TEAM
Highly qualified, passionate and caring teachers
Hi, My name is Anna Gatie. I joined Epsom Community Creche in 2018 in an administration role and am very excited in 2021 to move permanently into a teaching role at Creche as a qualified, provisionally registered teacher.
Having completed my BA (Pyschology) and Montessori Teaching Diploma in the UK, where I lived for 17 years, I returned to Aotearoa/New Zealand with my husband and 3 children and
have recently completed my Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE) at Auckland University to enable me to teach here in NZ.
My teaching philosophy is underpinned by my Montessori background, love of nature, belief in a strong community and the importance of our children’s earliest years. Like Te Whāriki,
our NZ Early Childhood Curriculum, Montessori philosophy holds the child and their community at the centre, and Epsom Community Creche holds these same values.
Outside of creche I spend my time trail running with my family or on the sideline of my children’s many sporting activities!
My name is Roz and I am a recently qualified ECE teacher and mum to 6 year old twins.
I have always been interested in becoming a teacher, and I was lucky enough to be involved in many aspects of my own children’s early childhood education. Through that experience, and my recent study, I have become aware of the importance of ‘learning through play’ to educate our tamariki. I see children as born learners who should be surrounded by aroha and feel secure and supported to follow their natural curiosity and desire to explore. I love viewing the world through their eyes and sharing in the wonder of discovering the world around them.
I live near the coast with my husband, my two children, my little dog Winnie and our two crazy cats. I love spending time with my family and enjoying the beautiful natural environment that we are so lucky to live in.
Hi, my name is Debbie McGurk and I am Head Teacher at Epsom Community Crèche. I am a qualified, fully registered teacher with a Bachelor of Education – Teaching (Early Childhood) from Auckland University. I completed my degree in 2007 and worked for two years at St Lukes Crèche before starting work here at Epsom Community Crèche in November 2009. I love working at the Crèche, getting to know the children and playing a small part in their early education. I have a daughter who is at university and a son who is working. I enjoy spending time with my children, my friends and family, being involved in sports and fitness and reading a good book.
At Epsom Community Creche we believe that each child develops, not alone, but within interdependent relationships with their family, whanau, wider community and learning community. We recognise the importance of family and cultural values and seek to work in reciprocal and responsive partnerships with parents and whanau. We value and respect the diversity of all children as unique individuals and we strive for equal opportunities for all children.
We believe children are competent and active in their own learning, empowered to learn by making their own choices. We encourage children to be independent and confident learners. We support and encourage children to develop and practice caring, reciprocal relationships built on respect and trust.
Our teachers endeavour to establish trusting, reciprocal relationships with our children and their families. These relationships provide the foundation from which children construct a sense of self and learn valuable lessons about the world they live in.
Our curriculum aims to be spontaneous, unstructured, flexible and responsive to our children. We also strive to provide a balance of child-initiated learning experiences and consciously planned activities. We believe children learn and develop in a holistic way. The cognitive (Hinengaro), physical (Tinana), emotional (whatumanawa) and spiritual (Wairua) needs of children are interwoven within our ako (teaching and learning).
We value play as a medium for children to learn and begin to 'make sense' of their world in an emotionally and physically safe environment. Our children have the freedom to explore the natural environment, which plays a significant role in their physical and cognitive learning. Children are able to play undisturbed for lengthy periods and where predictable routines meet the children's developmental needs.
We believe all children have a right to develop knowledge and understanding of the dual heritage of Aotearoa/New Zealand. We endeavour to incorporate Maori values, culture and and language within our curriculum, including respect for and an appreciation of the natural environment.