Belmont Learning Space is a purpose built centre located in a residential street in Belmont for 40 children. It is currently being built with an expected opening January 2019. The building is designed along the shape of a whare, a simple shape filled with natural light with two separate age group rooms. The vision is to create a beautiful home like centre where relationships are given priority.
The Pipi room for 10 children will have a sense of calm, a place where our youngest citizens can naturally unfold and develope. Their natural rhythms allowing for strong relationships to build with their primary caregiver and each other. In the Paua room up to 30 children will be supported to develope their own theories alongside their peers. Learning to collaborate and listening to other perspectives while working with open ended and natural materials. The team is there to support and guide the children through their daily investigations by thoughtful questioning, considered provocations. The Paua room is filled with light and is connected to the garden with large sliding doors and a deck.
The educators daily practice is underpinned by the values of respect, trust, collaboration, joy and wonder which are interwoven into the centre philosophy, culture and beliefs.
Email or phone us to register your interest, especially if your child is aged under 2 years old, we will have limited spaces (only 10)
We will keep you updated with how the build progresses
Furniture and resources has begun arriving and we are having so much fun unpacking and setting up the areas. The spaces are coming to life, and we are looking forward to be being able to start showing our community what we have built.
Photos of the spaces will be uploaded shortly!
The scaffolding has come down outside, the ceder cladding looks so beautiful. The garden is taking shape and now that the weather is calming, we are starting to plant. The Gib is going up inside and the painters start this week, things are finally taking shape. The furniture has been ordered and I’m building my collection of real and natural materials for children to discover. My office at home is starting to fill with boxes and ‘stuff’. It’s so much fun fossicking in nature and second hand shops for treasures to add to my collection. Thanks to the many families I have spoken to that share our vision for what early childhood learning can look like.
June 2018 The roof should be up by the early July, which will help enclose the building. Its inspiring to finally see the ‘spaces’ and to start thinking about the furniture, lighting and how the spaces will be used.