Kowhai Room – Infants

Kia ora, welcome to Tree Town’s Kowhai Room where we cater for children aged birth to 19 months 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 12 children.

The Head Teacher in this area is Raewyn, with Janet, Dianne and Donna to complete the teaching team.




Raewyn Rowe – Head Teacher

Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) . Te Tari Puna Ora O Aotearoa



Janet Broadley – Teacher

Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE)



Dianne Sanford -Teacher




Donna Milling- Teacher

“To Grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body, and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging, and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society.” Te Whaariki-the National Curriculum