Pipitea has a small team of dedicated and enthusiastic kaiako and support staff. We consistently exceed the Ministry of Education requirement that at least 80% of our kaiako are qualified and registered early childhood educators. Many of our team have been with the centre for at least five years, and we have very low staff turnover.
Our team supports our maximum daily role of 29 tamariki. We have a maximum of 10 under twos with a ratio of 1:3. We also have a ratio of 1:6 over twos. Tamariki are in the Caterpillar room up until about their second birthday (some children transition slightly earlier or later), and then they transition to the Butterfly room.
Tamariki are allocated a key kaiako. Each key kaiako has a cohort of tamariki of approximately the same age – they care for these tamariki in the Caterpillar room before following them up into the Butterfly room. After all their tamariki have graduated to school, they then return back down to the Caterpillar room and start the cycle once again. This provides continuity of care and a strong sense of security to tamariki throughout their time at Pipitea, as well as supporting the continued professional development of kaiako in all aspects of early childhood education.