Children at Ako Rolleston can experience outdoor activities on a daily basis

Ako’s new beginning

by Ann van Engelen

Rachael and Andrew Fearn have taken ownership of Ako Rolleston Preschool with plans to expand the experiences children attending the centre can engage in.

“We are excited about our new adventure and are remaining open during the Christmas period this year. It will give families the opportunity to keep their children busy over the summer break,” says Rachael.

“I have 16 years’ experience in the early childhood sector and have completed bicultural practice, leadership and curriculum management. Andrew is my support and is very hands-on. He will be a familiar face to our families and children. Our team use Te Reo Maori, and I plan to engage them with other sound bicultural practices. We are very passionate about inclusiveness and acknowledge all cultural differences children bring into our centre. We will learn how to greet them in their native language if English is not their first language along with other basic words such as toilet and food. Rolleston is a multicultural area, and we are passionate about nurturing every child’s wellbeing and giving them a positive experience.

“At present, we are looking to employ more professionals to join our team.

We can take up to 58 children a day and have lots of spaces available. Our tamariki enjoy the good old Kiwi living getting outside in the natural environment climbing, making mud cakes and challenging themselves on a daily basis. We have story and song time, art and join together for lunch.

“Andrew and I have exciting plans for the future and are looking forward to building strong relationships with the families here.” For more information call 03 347 4480.