Annual report

Eden Cottage

Eden Cottage has a wonderful group of teachers who are dedicated to the children in our care and committed to making Eden Cottage the very best it can be.

In September 2022, our latest ERO Report was released. It was both encouraging and positive with reference made to our focus on strengthening whānau relationships. A copy can be found on our website.

Amongst the most positive changes of the past year has been the building of a closely knit team following an influx of new staff. This has enabled us to set a clear direction and refine our vision in terms of growth and strategy. How to Move Towards Self-Regulation, a training course facilitated by Kelly Melville, our ECE Support Specialist, was of great value and helped in setting a clear foundation for the future of the Centre.

The addition of new resources at Eden Cottage has added to the attractiveness of the Centre and whānau are impressed with how fresh everything looks. This has included new shade sails, new resource equipment and a new sandpit cover. The new resource equipment is a goal that we shared in last year’s Annual Report.

Eden Cottage Early Childhood Education

Adding six new staff members and four relievers to our wonderful staff this year has strengthened our team and laid a platform for growth.

We continue to use major events to encourage and engage with our whānau. So far, in 2023, we have focused on Mother’s Day and Matariki with a large whānau turnout to each.

A growing number of Eden Cottage whānau are accessing other Visionwest services, particularly Whai Manaaki Kai and our Community Connectors.

Our te reo name – Te Iti Kahurangi – speaks of the precious small treasures that our tamariki are – treasures who deserve our best educational care and aroha.

Our response to tamariki needs

Tā mātou whakautu ki ngā hiahiatanga a ngā tamariki

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Children enrolled

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Current teaching staff

Carmen’s Story

The focus on family and the holistic approach to nurturing tamariki in all areas – physical emotional, social, and spiritual – are reasons Carmen and her husband value Eden Cottage and the time their son spends there.

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