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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, September 11, 2013 --- 7 After just six months, it's no longer baby steps for local business, Connections In The Home, as it steps into its own new home. Mirroring the rapid growth and development of the youngsters it looks after, the home-based early childhood education provider officially re-launched last week in the cottage next to the All Saints Community Centre in Cook Street. Affectionately named the Connections Cottage, the new headquarters is a resource hub for families and educators alike. It boasts a bright, colourful interior with abundant space for littlies to explore in, and adults to visit. Programme coordinators Sarah Harford and Vicki Toussaint say this new development was always part of the plan. "We had planned this from the very beginning and it's great to be right in the middle of the vibrant com- munity scene of Howick. It is a dream come true for us." Handy to shops, cafes and restaurants, the Connec- tions Cottage provides a warm and cosy setting for par- ents, families and educators to meet, network and to learn from each other. "Because we are focused on being local, this new loca- tion is perfect for our clients and Connections team. It's so easy to call in while running errands and is a huge boon for those with busy lifestyles." Importantly, everyone is welcomed with open arms and made to feel right at home in a safe, positive environ- ment. Sarah, Vicki and administrator Louise Averis are based at the Connections Cottage and will assist with day-to-day operations of the business. "It's a place where our community can find support and advice," says Sarah. "We'll be hosting professional development sessions here at the cottage as well as many more activities to ensure we build close-knit relationships with all our In-Home Educators, the children, and their families." At the core of Connections In The Home is a theory of attachment known as the 'Circle of Security' (developed by Kent Hoffman, Glen Cooper, and Bert Powell). Based on this theory, a 'safe haven' is created for, and is vital for children to develop strong, secure relationships with their caregiver thus contributing to social and emotional development. "The Connections Cottage and the Programme is mod- elled after this," says Sarah. "We see it as a secure base (safe haven) where there are familiar faces who cultivate a sense of belonging for all adults and children." In fact, this inclusive attitude helps build a strong rap- port that can only be beneficial for the Connections In The Home children. "We want to get to know our children, families and educators better," says Sarah. "Mums, Dads, Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents are all encouraged to come along to our play sessions and we really hope to bond over these activities." The Connections In The Home team are constantly coming up with fun, interactive ways of learning that take place locally. "We've come up with a variety of activities and our Crazy Craft sessions at Lloyd Elsmore Park are a huge hit. It really stimulates the children's imaginations and unleashes their creativity. We also hold weekly Magical Mat Time sessions as well as regular events such as our upcoming Spring Teddy Bears' Picnic and a scheduled trip to Ambury Park in the school holidays -- an opportu- nity to meet the older siblings too!" Through these events, there is a strong focus on transitioning to school and preparing children for bright futures. "Children are supported with opportunities to learn emergent reading and writing as well as social and self- help skills that are so important in the school environ- ment," says Vicki. "The first step to teaching these skills is to create a nur- turing environment where youngsters can safely explore and develop creative, social and motor skills." And with the addition of the charming Connections Cottage, that same nurturing environment now applies to educators too! To learn more about: Enrolling your child with one of the educators in their family home (vacancies available now) or Becoming an Educator with Connections In The Home (your future Career Opportunity which means that you can be with your own family at home too), drop in to see the team in its new home or contact us at: Connections In The Home,1/34 Cook St, Howick. Ph 533 3512. Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.connectionsinthehome.co.nz Making new Connections in the heart of HowickADVERTORIAL123517a CONNECTIONS IN THE HME EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION & CARE... in the home! Phone 533 3512 email@example.com www.connectionsinthehome.co.nz We process WINZ subsidies, contributions & ECE subsidy for 3 & 4 year olds 'CONNECTING CHILDREN, HOMES AND OUR COMMUNITY THROUGH EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION' Connections In The Home offers career opportuni- ties for parents to stay at home with their children while working as a professional educator. Educators work in their own homes, caring for a maximum of four children at a time including their own children at home, and never more than two children under the age of two. A ministry-funded, free service for families and educators, Connections In The Home matches chil- dren to the right homes and educators as well as offering a strong support network for all involved. Educators are entitled to set their own rates for their services and their clients can pay them directly, or they can choose to utilise the free pay- roll service. Qualifications are not compulsory (training is offered to our Educators along the way). Con- nections In The Home will vet backgrounds and perform house visits to ensure the pro- spective educators fulfil the right criteria for 'Health & Safety' requirements. How to make Connections CONNECTIONS IN THE HOME OUR REGULAR WEEKLY EVENTS MAGICAL MAT TIME! MONDAY MORNINGS 9.30AM - 11AM Jayes Dance Studio, Half Moon Bay Marina, The Promenade Building (opposite Marina Medical) Our Mat Time is designed for children to enjoy and partici- pate in music, movement and stories of all kinds. They will experience magnetic stories, puppets, nursery rhymes, ﬁnger plays, action songs, bean bags, parachutes, instruments, singing and more!!! Our Transition to School thread is incorporated at an age and developmentally appropriate level with the necessary skills be- ing developed in preparation for those school years ahead. We supply a drink of water for the children and biscuits for morning tea. Please bring a piece of fruit for a healthy fruit platter! CRAZY CRAFT TIME! THURSDAY MORNINGS 9.00AM - 11AM Bell House, Bells Road, Lloyd Elsmore (within the Howick Historical Village) A stunning setting by the beautiful Howick Historical Village in our local Lloyd Elsmore Park. The children (and adults!) enjoy art and crafts, cook- ing, outdoor play, picnics and exploration as well as socialising with others. Links will be made each session with our Transition to School thread with particular focus on Fine Motor skills for emergent writing, and recognition of name, letters, left to right in prep- aration for reading skills in the future! All of our activities are designed for a purpose and this pur- pose is shared with our Educators for their own learning too. Bring along morning tea, hats and sunblock in the warmer months, and wear appropriate clothing for a whole lot of fun!
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