Laurence and Sharyn Cutts have owned Sure Start preschool since July 2006; they have three children of their own and know how important it is to have the highest quality of care provided for your children. They both work together teaching and managing the centre.
Sharyn has completed her Early Childhood Diploma and has her full registration and Laurence is in the second year of his Early Childhood Diploma.
Our philosophy is to empower children to make their own decisions by giving them the freedom and guidance to make positive choices.
Children are given opportunities to experience a supportive and challenging environment in an age-appropriate manner.
Our program experiences provide an environment that allows children to choose, have success and develop their independence.
We also believe that each child is to be acknowledged as an individual and opportunities will be provided to support and extend their stages of development. We offer a safe and secure environment with high educator to child ratio. We have positive nurturing staff who role model positive behaviour in play and language.
We are committed to supporting the parents/whanau as first teachers and primary caregivers. We encourage their involvement with their children at Sure Start.
We place a high value on partnership between parents and teachers. Teachers foster a flexible approach encouraging children to explore the environment through music and movement, stories, art, tactile experiences while catering for each individual’s needs.
Individual routines for feeding and sleeping are catered for.
Two to five years
The second space caters for ages from 2 – 5 years and is situated in our Three Bears log cabin, located on the same property. Teachers believe strongly in a child-centred approach, cherishing and respecting children’s individual interests and routines.
We offer an innovative programming system which celebrates individual children’s interests and strengths in their journey of learning and development.
The teachers at Sure Start have a strong philosophy based on respect and support, guiding children to be confident and competent learners.
The benefits of being a 0-5 years centre means that many of our children can transition through our centre and form strong relationships over their time with us. As we have many siblings attending it means children are easily and regularly able to visit older and younger siblings throughout the day enabling all children to benefit from relationships and learning from peers.