Our programme is based around the Te WhÄriki (1996) principles:
The New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, Te WhÄriki empowers children 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".
Children learn best by doing. We will provide a learning environment that is both stimulating and fun, incorporating the principles of Te WhÄriki to strengthen and empower children and families to participate in the process of individual personal growth and development.
We aim to provide a broad range of experiences that will cater for all children as individuals. This will cover a range of programmes, activities, small and whole groups and individual experiences.
We aim to deliver a careful balance in the programme between structure, routine and free play.
Programme planning will reflect the emergent curriculum and children’s interests. Children will be given opportunities to learn through a journey of discovery, explore their ideas, theories and concepts and create relationships with the world around them. We will document their journey through observations, assessment and evaluation via the learning stories.
We will listen carefully to children. Children are encouraged to communicate their ideas and feelings, and to contribute their suggestions to the programme. By listening and observing the interests of children, the teachers will develop programmes aimed at extending their learning and development.
Children will be given the opportunity to develop their own identity as well as developing an identity as part of a group.
Children are encouraged to develop social skills and build relationships that value and respect their peers and teachers, develop an ability to resolve issues, gain independence, take responsibility and make appropriate decisions. Our teaching practice will reflect our Behaviour Policy.
Teachers will show a genuine interest and concern for the children in their care and provide a safe and well-supervised environment.
Teachers will display a commitment to excellence in their teaching practice, teamwork and engage in continuous professional development.
We will respect the rights and opinions of parents/guardians and the community. We will encourage parent/guardian and whanau participation and work in partnership with them.
Children and their families will be welcomed each day and there will be high levels of communication about the child. New families will be introduced to all staff and carefully helped through the settling process to ensure they feel welcome and included.
We will create a warm and friendly environment, one in which children’s work will be a focus point and displayed prominently, with pride. We will respect and recognise the child’s work.
Te Reo Maori and Tikanga Maori will be an inclusive part of our programme. We will use Te Reo in our daily routines, mat times, activities and in communication with children.
Communication with parents will be a strong feature. A variety of methods will be used from email, daily diary, newsletters, portfolios, noticeboard and verbally.