The centre programme is based on the National Early Childhood Curriculum of Te Whaariki. We use this framework for our planning and assessment process.
The curriculum incorporates care and education through both planned experiences and also activities and interactions that are spontaneous. The programme offers extensive opportunities for children to express themselves through play, engaging in age and stage appropriate activities to develop a range of skills in preparation for school. Consultation between teachers and families regarding children’s learning and development is paramount at all times.
The curriculum programme is child initiated, responding to children’s interests and strengths. Children are free to choose the area of play they would like to be involved in. They can choose their own activity, supported by teacher’s facilitating and guiding their learning experiences. The value of appropriate teacher initiated learning is also recognised. The children are asked to come together for mat time, encompassing a range of experiences like music & movement, story time, finger puppets, magnetic stories etc. A karakia (prayer) is sung before every meal.
Infants will be kept as close as possible to their individual routines. On enrolment and during the settling process, teachers will talk with families regarding children’s routines and needs. The children attending the Over 2's building that require a rest are given one from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. Any children attending the Pre-school that require a rest will be taken to the Over 2's building after lunch. Please refer to our daily routine schedules below for futher information:
Every child is provided with a profile book detailing their ongoing learning, development and interests while attending the centre. The profile books contain a range of documentation including observation based learning stories, artwork and photographs. The profile books are available to the children and their families to access and take home at anytime as they are a wonderful record of a child's learning journey. All the teacher’s are involved in gathering information pertaining to the profile books. Families are invited to share and contribute to the planning walls and to their children’s profile books. The centre believes in the importance of informing and regularly consulting with families regarding this information.