Our Leading Curriculum

We carefully plan daily activities and incorporate child-initiated themes to ensure your Child is gaining rich learning outcomes every day...

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Our Babies’, Toddlers’, & Preschoolers’ rhythms and routines are inspired by the research and teachings of Dr Emmi Pikler and Magda Gerber. This approach to caring and educating is often referred to as the “Philosophy of Respect, Trust and Care”. It is about developing relationships, slowing down, listening to children by being present in the moment, sensitively observing children’s ways of learning and providing predictable and consistent routines.

 

We are also guided by our bicultural heritage and multicultural society via kaupapa Māori language & culture as well as all other ethnicities and cultures in our centre, and we immerse these into our daily practice through our curriculum – Te Whāriki (more details about this below).

 

We follow individual routines and care moments at each child’s own pace through primary caregiving (for Babies & Toddlers) or through a key teacher (for Toddlers and Preschoolers) who observes,  extends and documents individualised learning, care moments and is the main point of contact for our Whanau. We are guided by the time of day, but do not go “by the clock”, and we listen to the unhurried natural rhythms of the inner self. See our day below…
Childcare philosophies of Dr Emmi Pikler and Madga Gerber in Otumoetai, Tauranga, West Auckland, Blockhouse Bay, Newmarket, Manurewa, South Auckland
“We do not force a toy on a child; we don’t put it into his hand. We just put it next to him… If he notices the toy and is interested in it, he will reach for it.” Dr Emmi Pikler

A Typical Day for our

Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers

Our recommended daycare daily routine in our daycare for school readiness in Otumoetai, Tauranga, West Auckland, Blockhouse Bay, Newmarket, Manurewa, South Auckland

We have adopted the Ministry of Education’s key framework for the NZ early childhood curriculum, which is based on a weaving of

Our daily routine supports the ECE curriculum Te Whariki across all our kindergartens in Blockhouse Bay, Tauranga, Otumoetai, Newmarket, Auckland CBD, Manurewa, West Auckland, South Auckland

Learning outcomes for your child

A) Core Learning Principles:

EMPOWERMENT – Empowering your child to develop confidently by themselves, to understand their ability and be proud of it.

HOLISTIC DEVELOPMENT – Learning about things in a “whole picture” view, and allowing your child to see the interlinking connections between different things, how the item can fit into the whole world, and its relationships in the world.

FAMILY AND COMMUNITY – Learning about the support network of family and surrounding community and environment and how it all blends to work together so your child can make connections and understand the world they live in and relationships they form.

RELATIONSHIPS – Learning about relationships, through responsive and reciprocal actions, behaviour and words. This applies to people, places and things, and their feelings and actions between your child and them.

B) Key Learning Areas:

which are as follows to prepare your child for school and beyond:
– Communication Skills,
– Social and Cooperative Skills,
– Numeracy and Literacy Skills,
– Physical Skills,
– Problem Solving Skills,
– Information Skills,
– Focus and Concentration Skills,
– Self Management and Competitive Skills.

C) Learning Strands:

The five focussed Learning Strands that we have adopted from the NZ Early Childhood Curriculum into our learning programme can be seen (in the diagram above) to feed into the wider education landscape of NZ. Our five ECE strands are precursors to the Primary school and Secondary and Tertiary education outcomes, which are all carefully threaded and weaved to achieve confident, connected, actively involved, and lifelong learners:

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Learning Strands Learning Goals
1. WELL-BEING The health and well being of your child is protected and their emotional well being is nurtured.

Your child will experience an environment where:

  • His/Her health is promoted
  • His/Her emotional well-being is nurtured
  • He/She is kept safe from harm
2. BELONGING Your child and family will feel a sense of belonging.

Your child will experience an environment where:

  • Connecting links with the family and the wider world are affirmed and extended
  • He/she knows that they have a place
  • He/she feels comfortable with the routines, customs, and regular events
  • He/she knows the limits and boundaries of acceptable behaviour
3. CONTRIBUTION Opportunities for learning are equitable, and your child’s contribution is valued.

Your child will experience an environment where:

  • He/She has equitable opportunities for learning, irrespective of gender, ability, age, ethnicity, or background
  • He/She is affirmed as individuals
  • He/She is encouraged to learn with and alongside others
4. COMMUNICATION The languages and symbols of your child’s own and other cultures are promoted and protected.

Your child will experience an environment where:

  • He/She will develop non-verbal communication skills for a range of purposes
  • He/She will develop verbal communication skills for a range of purposes
  • He/She will experience the stories and symbols of their own and other cultures
  • He/She will discover and develop different ways to be creative and expressive
5. EXPLORATION Your child will learn through active exploration of the environment.

You child will experience an environment where:

  • His/Her play is valued as meaningful learning and the importance of spontaneous play is recognised
  • He/She gains confidence in and control of their bodies
  • He/She learns strategies for active exploration, thinking, and reasoning
  • He/She develops working theories for making sense of the natural, social, physical, and material worlds
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The NZ ECE Learning Framework

Our centres are guided by the Principles, Strands and Goals of Te Whāriki, the NZ early childhood curriculum, which are summarised as:

  • The early childhood curriculum will empower our tamariki to learn and grow;
  • The early childhood curriculum will reflect the holistic way children learn and grow;
  • The wider world of the whanau and community is an integral part of the early childhood curriculum;
  • Children will learn through a responsive and reciprocal relationship with people, places and things.
Our aim is for children to journey along an education pathway (shown alongside), to grow up as confident and competent 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.
 
The curriculum is embedded in everything we do and forms the basis of how our teachers plan our programme to combine it with the interests that your child shows on a daily basis. Our teaching is child-initiated so our teachers will pick up on cues, emerging interests, and morning discussions about weekend / last night activities to try to extend these into our settings and other learning programmes for the day or into ongoing learning themes in our centre and from your own and your child’s (parent/child) aspirations.