“My son has been attending Happy Feet Childcare Centre since June 2015. What has struck me most about the experience we have had to date is the genuine sense of care and concern that the educators have for my son, especially his key contact teacher Jenny. Jenny welcomes my son each day when he arrives and is able to read his cues to understand the best way to settle him. She has taken a special interest in his learning and plans activities for him that compliment his needs. For example, once discovering my son enjoys talking about numbers and counting, she planned and involved him in games and exercises that involved number recognition. Another staff member actually handmade some special blocks out of a fallen tree branch for him which quickly became a favourite activity for him. We are aware that special resources have been ordered to assist with furthering his education in this regard which we were really thrilled about. We are kept well informed of his progress through daily progress reports as well as extensive recounts on the Storypark site. It is so obvious to us, and all our family members who are able to receive these reports, how well Jenny knows our son. The recounts are so well written and thoughtful, they really help us gain an extensive understanding of the aspirations held for him.
It has been wonderful experiencing a highly authentic level of interest that Jenny and her colleagues have taken in our son. Recently we were thrilled to engage in a planned ‘home visit’ where Jenny visited our son in our home environment in an effort to gain a better understanding of his family environment, his routine and how he spends his time away from the centre. Our son was delighted to show Jenny around our home and it was so special to see the special bond that he has with her.
What we like most about our son attending Happy Feet is that we feel confident that his needs as an individual are very well understood and catered too, not just at an educational level but emotionally and physically as well. We have been overwhelmed by that level of planning and thought that goes into ensuring our son is well cared for. He has been able to take special items from home to the centre (such as a blanket) and is able to access these when he is feeling anxious. As time has progressed we have seen that his reliance on having his blanket has reduced and we are sure this is due to his becoming so comfortable in the centre. When he arrives in the morning he is always excited to have arrived and quickly goes to a familiar corner where a basket of cars is kept. He has favourite books at Happy Feet too and will often mention the names of his friends at the centre at home while he plays.
Overall we are beyond pleased with our experience in enrolling our precious son at Happy Feet Childcare Centre. We feel that their efforts to understand and engage with him have been hugely successful in settling him into a routine there. It is very clear to us that he loves his time at the centre. We are so pleased to watch how his sessions at Happy Feet both compliment and extend the learning that takes place in his home environment. All the staff I have encountered at that centre go above and beyond to cater to the needs of the children and families that they care for. Their genuine sense of concern for the children is wonderful to see and as a parent, I could not ask for more.”
Best Regards, Kristin