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What we do


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What we do


 
 

At The Nest we focus on our central beliefs that infants and young children are free and equal human beings who need time, space and the right environment in which to unfold, and in which to develop a healthy sense of who they are as individuals and valued members of our society. This means that the values of peace, curiosity, creativity, unconditional love, respectful practice, kindness and beauty are non negotiable. 

 

WHAT DOES THIS LOOK LIKE?

All human beings are creative and in every child there is an artist. At The Nest we allow children to unfold their innate creative gifts. For this unfolding, children need the right environment both emotionally and physically. We are committed to providing children with the best raw materials, time and peaceful spaces and pace to explore this. 

We provide this through a beautiful natural outdoor environment that is designed for use in all weather to ensure that children live and learn in the fresh air. Much of what we need to learn as human beings can be learnt from nature. Most of our resources are sourced from nature and we are committed to using recyclable items that encourage children's creativity, imagination and thought. 

IT IS ONLY WITH THE HEART THAT ONE CAN SEE RIGHTLY; WHAT IS ESSENTIAL IS INVISIBLE TO THE EYE.
— ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY, THE LITTLE PRINCE
 
 
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What others say


What others say


 

What do others say about The Nest? Read on to hear the wonderful stories we receive from our Nest community.

 

  • Our child has bloomed with your guidance and you have provided her with a nurturing environment that has been vital in her development. We could not have wished for a more loving, happy and peaceful home away from home.
  • Thank you for your amazing loving care. We couldn't ask for a better place for him to be. Knowing that he would be loved, feelings respected and treated as someone special made those sad drop offs when was younger much easier!
  • Thank you so much for opening your heart to us, and being so supportive.
  • You are an incredible group of people and we will always smile and remember our time at The Nest.

 

  • We are so grateful for the care and support you've given to us all. You've inspired us to be better parents and to embrace our son for the wonderful person he is. 
  • Thank you all so much for the fantastic nurturing you've given over the last four years, all the snuggles, and stories and for providing such a warm, embracing space to play and grow. 
  • We have noticed many wonderful changes in his confidence, manner and general day to day play. He can't wait to go to The Nest each day and we are so lucky to have this fantastic facility in Clive. Your passion and enthusiasm is amazing.
 
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Philosophy


Philosophy


 

Our philosophy is the anchor for all we do at The Nest. We are guided by the principles of Emmi Pikler but just as important we use our own heart to guide us in our interactions with the children and our families. At The Nest we believe in the people and the partnership above the premises and the programmes.   

 

THE RELATIONSHIP DECIDES, IT IS ALL - The Nest

THE RELATIONSHIP DECIDES, IT IS ALL

We are committed to consciously growing respectful and loving relationships for all. The relationship we build with your child is the most important part of our work. When your child feels known, appreciated and secure in their relationships here with us, they are what we call ‘emotionally satisfied’. That means that your child is then ready to engage in quality play, which results in quality learning.

 

AN EMOTIONALLY SATISFIED CHILD WILL ENGAGE IN PLAY - The Nest

AN EMOTIONALLY SATISFIED CHILD WILL ENGAGE IN PLAY

We believe that the children in our care need to develop a trusting relationship with the teachers in order for them to confidently engage in play and develop social relationships with other children.

When a child is emotionally satisfied, they are not needy. They are in the right state to play alongside other children and grow their skills for getting along with others. This is the easiest age to learn social skills, and we believe that the skills for getting along with others, in all sorts of situations, will be the most valuable skills your child can learn with us.

 

INFANTS AND YOUNG CHILDREN ARE FREE AND EQUAL HUMAN BEINGS - The Nest

INFANTS AND YOUNG CHILDREN ARE FREE AND EQUAL HUMAN BEINGS

We believe it is essential for each child to have a healthy sense of who they are, to grow to see themselves as valued members of society.

Your child is a free and equal human being, and equal human beings work in partnership together. At The Nest we consciously grow the skills for working together in cooperation.

 

BEAUTY AND NATURE ARE OUR TEACHERS - The Nest Private Kindergarten

BEAUTY AND NATURE ARE OUR TEACHERS

We are committed to preparing an environment of beauty where children can explore freely, and unfold embraced in Nature. The play resources we provide have been carefully chosen to harmonise with the natural environment. Most are sourced from Nature. We are also committed to using recycled items that encourage children’s creativity and imagination, their thinking and experimenting.

 

THERE IS NO BAD WEATHER, ONLY BAD CLOTHING - The Nest Private Kindergarten

THERE IS NO BAD WEATHER, ONLY BAD CLOTHING

The outdoor environment and outdoor play are pivotal to the development of a healthy body, mind and spirit. The door is never shut: children are free to play outside, at any time, in all weathers. Your child needs clothing suitable for the weather. There is also a large area of The Nest that is designed for use in all weathers so your child can be outside playing and learning in the fresh air.

 

CHILDREN DESERVE A PEACEFUL ENVIRONMENT - The Nest Private Kindergarten

CHILDREN DESERVE A PEACEFUL ENVIRONMENT

In our beautiful rural setting, children can connect with Nature in our specially landscaped outdoor play areas, with our animals, organic gardens, and trees. The children will be active participants in all the routines, rituals and regular events involved in running our ‘little slice of heaven’. We believe that Nature has a perfect plan for human beings and that the use of artificial teaching aids to ‘speed up’ development is unnecessary. 

 

THE WORLD IS HEALED ONE LOVING THOUGHT AT A TIME - The Nest Private Kindergarten

THE WORLD IS HEALED ONE LOVING THOUGHT AT A TIME

We are committed to caring for our environment in an ecologically sound way. Along with the children, we respect and care for the natural resources in our community and wider world. Children will learn to respect and care for the natural resources in our community.

 

EVERY HUMAN IS BORN CREATIVE AND EVERY CHILD IS AN ARTIST - The Nest Private Kindergarten

EVERY HUMAN IS BORN CREATIVE AND EVERY CHILD IS AN ARTIST

We believe it is very important that each child unfolds as the artist and creator they were born to be. We provide the best raw materials, time and peaceful spaces to support this unfolding.

A PHILOSOPHY AND SET OF BELIEFS MARRIED WITH THE BIOLOGICAL IMPERATIVES OF THE CHILD CREATES MAGIC.
— KIMBERLEY CRISP
 
 
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The Team


The Team


 

We are inspired by the principles of Emmi Pikler, and our belief that only when emotionally satisfied, can the child truly learn.

 

THE TEACHERS ARE OUR MOST IMPORTANT ASSET

Our team is the pilar of the authentic relationships and the diverse activities, experiences and events of the day at The Nest. It’s the teacher who has the task to prepare and provide a rich and optimal learning environment for our children to grow and thrive. Read on to meet our team.

All our teachers are carefully chosen, ensuring they have the special qualities needed to nurture and care for children while facilitating learning. They are early childhood trained, qualified and registered teachers with many years of experience.

The Nest teachers are one of a kind. They model peaceful communication and create a calm, loving place to grow. They support each child's unfolding interests and passions believing that the child is the initiator of their own learning. With a strong team and coherent philosophy and set of beliefs wrapped in love and peace we create a harmonious environment for  the children.

 
 
Team The Nest

Julie Moore

Julie initially trained as a primary teacher in England. When she moved to New Zealand she  retrained in early childhood education. Now, as a teacher at The Nest, she is able to combine her love of working with young children and her belief in respectful practice through authentic and loving relationships. Julie also facilitates Heart to Heart Parent Infant classes which focus on respectful relationships between caregiver and child. 

Lesley Trask

Lesley has been involved in child care since 1996 but her journey to understanding how children learn and grow began with the birth of her own children, now adults.  Having dreamed aloud many times with Kimberley of the perfect place for children, it was a highlight in Lesley’s career when the idea for The Nest was hatched. This lead to an intense time of creation, learning and growing and now she considers herself very privileged indeed to be a part of the lives of the children at The Nest… A place to Grow.

Dana Payne

Dana has worked in a variety of early childhood settings over the past 25 years. Now at The Nest she feels like she has come home. She feels privileged to be working with a team of inspiring and passionate teachers who love what they do and share the same core beliefs. She is especially excited to be working with a teaching team who share her love of nature and the outdoors and all the wonder, awe and magic it brings.   Dana teaches from the heart and loves to inject aroha and care into everyday.

Kimberley Crisp

Kimberley has been involved in child care and education since 1995. She has followed her passion for children’s well-being in a number of different roles. She has studied at different levels at the Emmi Pikler Institute in Budapest, Hungary. Kimberley is also a well sought after professional development facilitator, raising the bar of early childhood education in New Zealand. Kimberley's vision: a place to grow – not only for children, but for parents, families and teachers, is manifested in The Nest.

 

Maree Lloyd

Maree has been an early childhood teacher since 2009, after completing a Graduate Teaching Diploma in ECE.  Prior to this she was a Midwife.  Maree moved to Hawkes Bay with her husband and daughter in late 2010 and fortunately met Kimberley Crisp; her journey at The Nest in Clive began.  Maree loves being a part of The Nest which she believes is the best place to teach. All are all like-minded and all believe that children should be able to be children, play, imagine and unfold naturally as nature intended. Maree couldn’t imagine being anywhere else!

Sassy our cat

Hi my name is Sassy. Kimberley and Lesley really wanted me to join the team at The Nest so they decided to appoint me chef mouser in 2008. I am quite a good mouser and occasional rabbit catcher but mostly I spend my day on the couch offering emotional support and comfort to the children.  One of my favourite things is when a child lays their head on my tummy. About 7 years ago I was shot by a possum hunter. I was very poorly for a while but the love of the children, teachers and The Nest vet nursed me back to health. Every morning I attend The Nest morning tea Ritual. I sit (usually patiently) and wait for a little slice of cheese. Sometimes I am very hungry and jump on to the teachers knee to remind them I am waiting.

Nicole Brocklehurst

Nicole’s journey began at the Nest as a teenager when she volunteered at the Nest one day a week. She then completed a ’Nanny Certificate’. When she started her early childhood education degree The Nest was her ‘home centre’ for the three years while she was studying. Nicole is now a fully registered and qualified teachers and feels very lucky to still be at the Nest, working alongside such knowledgeable and passionate teachers. She believes in children learning within a natural and peaceful environment. Nicole truly understands that the relationship is all, a matter of life to the child and places great importance on building relationships with both the children and their families.  

Casey Mikaera

Casey feels blessed to be working has been a student at the Nest for over a year now and has two beautiful children that have attended The Nest. She is currently studying a bachelor’s degree and about to embark on her final year of study. She feels very lucky that she gets to learn and grow alongside a team of beautiful professional teachers that hold the same core beliefs as her. Casey believes children learn best in this environment where their play and imagination is nurtured in a natural heartfelt way. 

 
 
TEACHING IS A QUALIFICATION FROM THE HEART
— THE HEART SCHOOL
 
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Virtual tour


Virtual tour


The Nest is well known in the New Zealand early childhood community as an exemplar of heart centred teaching practices. We welcome many visitors to our kindergarten throughout the year; students, visiting teachers and professionals from New Zealand and abroad.

Take a little glimpse into our beautiful homely environment by visiting the gallery below.

 

HOME-I-FYING, CREATING A HOMELY ENVIRONMENT

An environment that values beauty makes a clear statement. It tells our children and our families that we care. “We care enough about you to offer you a beautiful environment.” It’s a sign of respect to prepare a beautiful environment for the children. Children soak in everything in their environment. At The Nest we want them to be soaking in beauty and order, homeliness and full attention. 

WHEN WE CONSIDER THE FORMATIVE YEARS OF A CHILD’S LIFE IS ALL ABOUT SENSORY DOWNLOAD, THEN WE NEED TO PROVIDE ENVIRONMENTS THAT SATURATE THE SENSES WITH BEAUTY AS WELL.
— THE HEART SCHOOL