This is what our families say...
We looked at so many others before choosing Portobelo Kaiapoi. Jo, Centre Leader, was so supportive. We are grandparents raising our two boys and from where they came from to now is truly amazing, and I put it down to your supportive team.
I made some visits to several nurseries and Portobelo Avonhead had the most warm and welcoming atmosphere. I liked the true 'home away from home' setting. Also this was the only preschool where children took their shoes off in the nursery. I think it's crucial to do that when you still have babies crawling on the floor.
When we first visited the Portobelo Avonhead nursery we felt so welcomed. The cultural aspect and the outdoor play we loved. It felt homely, safe and enjoyable.
I chose Portobelo Kaiapoi preschool for my son and then became part of the Portobelo family myself. But aside from that I loved the relationships kaiako have with family. I also love the big outdoor spaces, the fact that you do excursions and when you used to do Masterminds, it was something I wanted for my children. That opportunity to feel special as a 'big kid' before they went to school.
Portobelo Kaiapoi preschool is like her 2nd family and home. She is so familiar with her teachers and friends, the routine of the day and loves to go there. She is proud of her preschool too and talks so lovingly about it to her family. She loves to share her artwork or tell us about her day. A lot of "Did you know, at preschool we...." conversations.
From Emma Clifford:
Thank you, Lyn, for giving me the opportunity to work in a fixed term position as I have cherished the time that I have spent with the children and teachers at Portobelo Kaiapoi.
I will miss the incredibly kind, passionate and dedicated teachers I had the joy of working alongside over the last couple of months. Having had my kids here for over 3 years, I thought I knew how great they were, however working alongside them has made me see just how incredible they really are, superseding my already high regard for them. I am so grateful for the comradery, sense of community and the way they all welcomed me into the centre, as if I had never left 10 years ago. Thanks again.