BULLS , Manawatu – Wanganui

106 High St, Bulls 4818
Phone no: 06-322 1744


Mon – Fri 7:30am to 5:30pm

Raewyn Richardson

Center Manager

About Us

A place for our tamariki to call their own, All About Children Childcare on High St in Bulls is a high quality early childhood centre catering for children between 0-5 years old.

All About Children Childcare – Bulls, previously Bulls C.A.L.F Childcare & Learning,offers a holistic early learning programme within a safe, stimulating and fun environment. The programme is seeded in the group’s philosophy of “Belonging”, and reflected in our commitment to growing respectful and caring relationships with our children and their whanau.

Like every All About Children day care facility around the country, involvement of parents, the wider whanau and community in developing the centre’s programme is valued and encouraged. Parents and staff come together as one unit to deliver a suitable learning programme for every child. Your child’s milestones are not lost in the pages of their portfolio, but shared at the end of the day by teachers who are as excited as you about what your child achieved in the day.

The centre’s creative environment encourages children to follow their interests and actively explore their environment whilst always supported by experienced and qualified educators. Our teachers are intentional in the way they recognise and respond to opportunities to engage in and extend children’s learning. All our teachers are qualified and registered early childhood educators, or in training to become one.


At All About Children – Bulls we will cater to your child’s every need possible. We will never be as important as you, their parent, but while they are with us we will love them and hug them.

Staff: The ratio is 1 adult to 4 children. All our staff are qualified childcare teachers. In the Playschool area there are seven staff on a rotating basis, maintaining the minimum ratio at all times.

Indoors: The interior play space is large enough for young toddlers to practice their walking and physical skills. A variety of toys: educational and playthings for the children to make their own choices. The young toddlers are also encouraged to enter the art area.

Outdoors: The outdoor play area is accessible for the children to wander in and out and choose their own interests and play. We have plenty of ride-on toys, such as bikes, climbing equipment & a slide. We are constantly maintaining and upgrading the outdoor play areas to keep the space interesting for the children.

Educational curriculum: we aim to make your childʼs learning visible to you. We offer children lots of different activities including paints, brushes, pencils, crayons, paper, gluing, collage, water play, sand pit area, play-doh, clay, reading books, dolls, prams, soft toys, music, dancing, singing, stories, puppets, balls and messy play.

Social interaction: Through our “friendship circle” sessions, we encourage social relationship building, turn taking and conversation.
Individual learning records: We write up detailed learning stories in each childʼs portfolio, which parents are welcome to view any time.

Routines: Playschool is a routine centre, with the focus on meeting the rhythms and beats of individual babies and toddlers needs. We ask the parents for home routines, and do our best to match the patterns used at home. This eases the child into our environment.
Breast feeding & milk: We welcome breast feeding Mums to continue with breastfeeding whilst child is at playschool if desired. Otherwise, expressed milk can be stored daily in our fridge and given to your child as needed. Formula milk powder can be provided by parents, our cook will prepare the bottles when needed for your child.

Nappies: Parents can provide disposable nappies for their children. Our staff change nappies as needed and record nappy change times on a chart for parents to view. We support toilet training when the child is ready and likewise record every effort made for parents to view.

Sleeping: We have a separate sleep room, where each child has their own cot. Bedding is checked daily and changed regularly throughout the week. Each child is unique and has unique sleeping routines, therefore we follow individual childrenʼs rhythms and routines in a relaxed and familiar environment. To ensure safety and well being of the children whilst sleeping, an adult remains in the room. We also have an alarm system, that alerts a qualified member of staff to check the children sleeping every 10 minutes as well as the adult in the room. We keep daily records of sleep times for parents to view.

Clothing: We insist parents provide appropriate seasonal clothing. All clothing should be labelled with the childʼs names. Parents should also provide a sun hat and/or a winter woolly hat for their child every day.

Suncare: The centre provides sun block, which is applied regularly on sunny days. Infant babies, under 12 months old, have a primary caregiver with them all the time.
Settling in: To ensure an easy settling in period, we recommend that parents visit the centre with their child at least three times before the start date, to get to know your childʼs caregiver and other teachers. Children are welcome to bring a special toy with them for sleeptime. Saying goodbye to your child when you leave is very important to help ease the child into their day.

Primarily your child is in a class with other 3 to 5 year olds.

There are many activities provided for your child to make a choice in the type of play. New preschool children are given a slightly older “buddy” to help them settle in to the class quickly.
We have 3 qualified teachers and 1 teacher in training and a maximum of twenty children in their care. The Government regulations ratio is 1 teacher to 10 children, however we maintain a much higher ratio within our preschool area.

We provide a balance between indoor and outdoor learning activities, and a balance between quiet times and noisy times.

Our preschool area has a routine educational program. The children gather together for social and learning activity sessions.
We also divide up the group into different skills development levels, one qualified teacher per group, for the different age groups at least once per day. For example, one group might want to do cooking, another do art and another spending time outside looking at nature. The children in each group decide what activity they want to do.

Activities include:

  • Art: extensive art area, puzzles
  • Maths: mathematical toys
  • Make believe: dress ups, play kitchen, dolls, prams
  • Computing: computer available to use
  • Cooking: baking cakes, scones etc.
  • Music and movement: dance, singing, puppets
  • Playthings: construct, build
  • Vehicles: cars, trains
  • Books: story books, activity books
  • Outdoor: climbing frame, mini native forest, apple tree, feijoa tree, ride-on toys infant baseball, balls, running, balance, climbing, kicking, throwing & jumping.

Outings: the preschoolers visit residents at the local rest home once per month. Usually the children take along some things theyʼve made to gift to the older people.

Every Monday morning friendship circle time is for bringing something or a play thing from home to talk about and share with their friends learning groups; discovery projects supports and celebrate children’s interests and abilities for initiating and maintaining relationships with their peers, while developing their own theories about the wider world on which they live.

Parents should provide at least two sets of spare clothing suitable for outdoor activities in all weathers. All clothing should be labelled with their names.

Some preschoolers who need a daytime sleep, sleep on a bed supervised in the Playschool sleep room or in the Preschool quiet room. Every morning when you drop off your child, we have a small activity for parents and children to do together before the parent leaves. This is in the form of a question to answer together, e.g. what did you eat for dinner last night, or where were you born.

When your child is 6 weeks away from starting school, we assist parents with the transition to school program. This consists of school visits and regular communication between the 3 schools we support and our head teacher. We also make sure that your child visits the OSCAR program children prior to starting school. We make sure that your childʼs

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