Stand Children’s Village in Rotorua

Regional Manager

Toni Hocquard

Kaumatua

Koro Te Atatu Epapara

Community Social Work Services Team Leader

Michelle Howe

Education Services Team Leader

Lynne Balvert

Residential Services Team Leader

Julie O’Brien

Support Services Team Leader

Erica O’Sullivan

 

The Children’s Village in Rotorua is located in a beautiful part of Rotorua opposite the Redwood Forest and on the road leading to the Green and Blue Lakes.  It provides for children and family living in the Central North Island including the Coromandel, Taumaranui, Ohakune, Hamilton, Whakatane Taupo, Tauranga and of course Rotorua.  Our modern and spacious facilities are set in park like surroundings, and provide a wonderful environment for children and their families to come and enjoy.

 

The contemporary, purpose built facility includes an exciting home and school environment with great lake views and a family development unit complete with separate accommodation that can sleep either four family groups or eight couples.  Our environment is designed and focused on being child friendly and supporting children and their families to grow and develop. 

Special features that you will enjoy include an art and craft room, a challenge course, a BMX track, a playground, a gymnasium, an indoor climbing wall, trampolines and an indoor heated swimming pool.    We design a programme for each group that includes a range of activities and adventures on and off site that will excite and extend you.

Our range of activities and adventures include bikes, hiking, fishing, kayaking, cultural and educational visits to venues of significance, Kapa Haka, disco night, talent quest nights and big screen movies are included in the programme

Usually you will stay with us for up to five weeks at a time and can return for further stays.  The length and structure of a child’s stay can be very flexible and children can still attend important family events, sports practise, church, etc. 

The children’s houses are arranged in age and gender, we have four houses each which can accommodate up to eight boys or eight girls.  The houses are beautifully appointed with each child sharing a bedroom with one other child and separate lounge, kitchen and bathroom facilities provided for each group. 

Every bed space is complete with cupboards, drawers and a display area for photographs, certificates and awards that you will earn while staying with us.  Children are encouraged to bring a special toy with them, photos of the family/whanau, and other treasures that will allow you to feel comfortable.

Working with the team at the Children’s Village will be a really positive time and a great deal of fun, but there is also some work for you to do!  Your work will aim to achieve whatever is in your careplan that your social worker puts together with you and your family. 

We will also be expecting that you learn how to look after yourself, respect others and your environment, use your manners, develop values and learn to make choices for yourself. 

You will have opportunities to learn about your family, staying in control of you, making friends, mastering some new skills, showing your talents and strengths, making wise choices and thinking for yourself, and being able to care for others and give them a helping hand. 

You will also come into contact with some awesome role models in our team and they will be encouraging you to trust, learn, make positive choices and friendships, give what you can to others and make the most of you and your life.

You will also be expected to continue and work hard with your school learning but no homework! – hurray!

The Children’s Village has an awesome teaching team, with small class sizes and this should help you catch up on lots of school work or extend you if you are already up to your right level.  We have great interactive technology and lots of computers that you will get to use every day.

We always celebrate birthdays and depending on the time of year we also try to celebrate what is happening in the community such as Easter, Guy Fawkes, Christmas, and Matariki.

We also have a programme for Mums, Dads and other Caregivers.  This aims to help them build their skills in looking after you.  So while you are at the Children’s Village they will be doing some work as well!

We also work with a lot of other “family helpers” who will support your family during your journey with us.  Help with school, help for mum and dad, help with money and housing are all examples of the other support services we can connect your family with.  While you are doing your work we will work with the adults in your life to get what they need so they can take better care of you so that together you can be a strong and caring family.

Nearly all of the kids who come to the Children’s Village have a great time and some are even sad when it is time to leave us to go home.  If you agree to come to Camp, and yesyou have a choice in this, you are guaranteed a fun programme that will be enjoyable and will also challenge you.  Your staff will help you with all the challenges that we put before you during your stay and we hope that you will enjoy this supportive way of working together to help you achieve the best that you can.

We hope you enjoy the photos of the Children’s Village and some of the things we do.  If you are still unsure we encourage you to come and have a look around, meet some of the staff and have a talk with them about your worries and hopes before you make your decision to come.

Looking forward to meeting you soon!

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