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Poppies was first officially established in 1988, primarily for my own children and those of a few friends. Having studied education in the UK, I understand the importance of positive experiences and learning in early childhood  and consequently became inspired to offer a programme that was balanced, stimulating, challenging, educationally fun and supported children's individual needs, strengths and interests. The programme at Poppies has been designed to support and teach young children all important healthy independence and social skills; as well self-awareness, self belief, self-care and management and good problem solving and survival strategies.

Within a short period, a section of our family home was set aside and Poppies was founded. In 2004 the kindergarten moved into our purpose built facility overlooking Bloodworth Park. Poppies has been successfully preparing children for a happy life of learning for over 30 years and we are delighted with the impeccable reputation we have maintained since its inception.

Incorporating the research and understandings of educational theorists, philosophers (Plato), psychologists (Carl Jung) and teaching methods from Dr Maria Montessori to the "project approach" from Reggio Emilia, I compiled a programme which enhances and extends the learning and development of the whole child in a loving and nurturing way within a safe and supportive environment.

The programme intends to guide, encourage and support all children into acknowledging & developing their full potential. It ensures a balance of child initiated and teacher directed activities and encourages children to explore and participate in the full range of fun learning experiences, opportunities and challenges.

The learning objectives and outcomes for children linked to our programme, reflect the goals set in Te Whariki (the NZ Early Childhood Curriculum), introduced initially in 1996. My own vision for all young children is included in Te Whariki and founded on the following aspirations for each child: To grow up as happy confident and competent learners and communicators, healthy in body, mind and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they are valued and can make a valued contribution to society.

In considering the design of the facilities, I drew on my considerable years in early childhood , here and overseas, to create, what has been described by professionals as a state of the art kindergarten. Our facilities have been purpose built and designed to be welcoming, and to stimulate and enhance children's creative learning and development and to ensure their safety and comfort.

The design and layout of our resources provides a flexible and exciting environment aimed to encourage independence and foster creativity; support the development of a child's mental and emotional, social, spiritual, intellectual, cognitive and physical skills. It also offers children the opportunity to develop knowledge and an understanding of their rich cultural heritage of both partners to Te Tiriti O Waitangi.

I recognise the importance of a supportive proficient teaching team committed to ongoing professional development. Considering their qualifications and teaching experience, the teachers at Poppies are carefully selected for their genuine warmth and passion, innovation, motivation, creativeness and reflective quality teaching practices.

Poppies is a sessional kindergarten for children aged 2 - 5 yrs only. Our aim at Poppies is to offer young children a high quality introduction to a successful and happy life of learning.

Alexandra Ryan

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Our aim at Poppies is to offer young children a high quality introduction to a happy and successful life of learning.

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