Farm Friends operates under an "All day" licence from 8am until 5.30pm (5pm on Fridays). Although we have an all-day licence, we also provide a variety of sessions to suit all of our children (ages 2-5) and their families.
school session/six hourly session
full day session
Farm Friends provides nutritious meals for the children. Including Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. These are healthy, well planned and balanced meals cooked by our own in-centre cook.
Farm Friends maintains a small, stable staffing team, committed to ongoing professional development and building long lasting relationships with our centre families based on trust, respect, open communication, consultation and collaboration.
Farm Friends is located on a 10-acre lifestyle block in Swanson, only 5 minutes from Henderson. We have been open since 1997 and cater for a mixed age group of thirty-six children, 2-5years old.
Our setting is very unique, allowing for the appreciation and care of our natural forest environment, hand-rearing and hands-on care of our pet animals – with the opportunity to learn about life cycles, active outdoor play and to experience the spacious country grounds.
We strive in supporting our families and building a sense of community, where we provide a rich, social, family-like setting with a range of flexible sessions, offering to cater for the varied needs and aspirations of families today e.g. Six hourly sessions (e.g. 8 am - 2 pm, 9 am-3 pm, 10 am - 4 pm) and Full-days (8 am-5 pm – Friday, 5.30 pm Mon-Thu) and 20 hours ECE for tamariki over three.
Children are well supported in self-initiated, planned and spontaneous activities by providing a high teacher/child ratio of 1:6. Teachers work alongside children as positive role models and facilitators of learning, actively extending and scaffolding their play experiences. Children’s language is enhanced through quality, interactive and responsive communication, in a relaxed and nurturing atmosphere.
At Farm Friends, reconnecting children to nature is an important aspect of our philosophy and centre aspiration. We are lucky enough to be located on a 10-acre lifestyle block, with our farm environment, animals and centre forest.
Our forest is a natural playscape and an affordance of nature, where children are free to explore, examine and reconnect to the wonders and experiences our natural backyard offers.