Kowhai Room – Infants

Kia ora, welcome to Tree Town’s Kowhai Room where we cater for children aged birth to two years following some philosophical aspects of Emmi Pikler and Magda Gerber in relation to attachment and infants development.

Infant playing on the table

The main philosophy of our practice with infants and toddlers is to provide respectful care and teaching techniques.

We encourage and support independence and problem solving skills by giving our infants and toddlers’ time and space to explore and try for themselves e.g. feeding themselves, playtime.

We lay babies on their backs with bare feet as often as possible. This allows them to explore their bodies and develop their muscles and body movements in a natural progression.

We provide children and families with ‘Primary Caregiving’.

Primary caregiving is in place so that children are able to form a secure attachment with one staff member so that the settling process is as simple as possible.
Primary caregiving means that one teacher is responsible for the primary needs of that child e.g. feeding, sleeping, changing nappies and communicating with the parents/caregivers. that teacher will be your child’s ‘special person’ while at Tree Town.
This does not mean that your child and caregiver maintain an exclusive relationship; your child will still have interactions and experiences with all our staff. Routines throughout the day are based on each child and their own personal routines at home.

In the Kowhai Room, we have four primary caregivers and a consistent pool of relievers, and a teacher: child ratio of four teachers to 15 children.

The Head Teacher in this area is Adrienne, with  Raewyn,  Diane and Lindi to complete the teaching team.


Adrienne West – Head Teacher

Bachelor of Teaching ECE Waikato University
Mother of one, Poppy and married to Troy



Raewyn Rowe – Assistant Teacher

Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) . Te Tari Puna Ora O Aotearoa
Mother of two, Megan & Shaun and married to Chris



Lindi Colby -Teacher In training




Diane Amptmeyer- Educator

Mother of two, and married to Jimmy
Download our information sheet on the TreeTown Kowhai Room (pdf)

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