PORSE and Your Child's Pre-school Years

Research has proven that children’s development thrives when they have strong attachment relationships with important people in their lives.

Being in a secure attachment relationship with one special educator is not just important in their first year, but right through the first 1,000 days. When children feel connected, safe, and loved, they will have the confidence and trust to explore and test their capabilities, knowing they will always have a safe haven in their educator. Your educator observes your child’s interests and uses these as a base to continually support and expand their development, preparing them for school by ensuring they become a confident learner.

Understanding Child Development with Nathan Mikaere-Wallis

Nathan Mikaere-Wallis is a member of the Brain Wave Trust, and lecturer on human development, brain development, language and communication and risk and resilience.

Watch this short video on early years with on the importance of the first three years.

Listen to this Radio NZ parenting piece.

In addition to the ongoing strengthening of the connection and learning of your child/ren, you will also benefit from:

  • Access to 20 Hours ECE when your child turns three, until they are weekly local PORSE PlaySchools, music and/or gym sessions, where your child enjoys time for PLAY with other children, supporting development of communication skills, collaboration, sharing, and self-confidence. Physical abilities such as balance, coordination, and rhythm are developed.
  • For children in full-time care, the mix of in-home care with PlaySchool outings provides a balanced environment, ensuring children have time to rest and ‘reboot’ after a stimulating learning session. Children are less likely to be over stimulated and exhausted in the evenings during family time.
  • Regular outings in the community support children to experience and learn about their environment. From exploring parks to visiting a fire station, children learn through exploring; asking questions, developing reasoning skills and learning about social concepts including culture, society, and community.
  • Individualised learning programme, linked to the ECE curriculum, Te Whāriki.
  • Flexible hours, with no ‘term breaks’, reducing your dependency on others to provide care.
  • Reduced exposure to common childhood illnesses through low ratio care in a natural home environment.
  • Your educator receives ongoing quality, research-based professional development workshops:
    • National certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3) 21-week course.
    • The Power of Relationships combining an engaging mix of real-life stories, cutting edge research and internationally sourced ideas.
    • Talk to Me Communication. Conversation. And the foundation of language.
    • Growing in Connection understanding the science of relationships and how to build the foundation of love.
    • Behaviour has Meaning staying connected through the tricky times.
    • Sleep Like a Baby understanding the science of sleep. Settling and supporting these in relationship.

If you would like to discuss how PORSE can support your child as they grow and develop, please feel free to contact your Programme Tutor by calling 0800 023 456 ext 3, or reply to your next Visit Note email with any questions you may have.