Curriculum Principles and Strands
Our curriculum is based on Te Whaariki – the New Zealand Early Childhood Education Curriculum.
As we set out to educate and care for each child, our curriculum provides infants, toddlers and young children with wonderful experiences that focus on the following principles:
Empowerment - Our early childhood curriculum empowers the child to learn and grow
Holistic Development - Our early childhood curriculum reflects the holistic way children learn and row
Family and Community - The wider world of family and community is an integral part of early childhood curriculum
Relationships - Children learn through responsive and reciprocal relationships with people, places and things
Through the guidance of qualified and experience educators, these principles are woven into place with the following strands:
Well-being - The health and well-being of the child are protected and nurtured
Belonging - Children and their families feel a sense of belonging
Contribution - Opportunities for learning are equitable and each child’s contribution is valued.
Communication - The languages and symbols of children’s own and other cultures are promoted and protected
Exploration - The child learns through active exploration of the environment
Children will 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.
Our curriculum is split into three sections and includes stimulating and well planned activities to support each child’s learning at each stage. There is a good balance between education and play. Our activities include play (creative, manipulative, physical, dramatic, theatrical, water, social, and extended), science, maths, reading books, storytelling, construction, cultural activities, life skills, character development, music, dance, performing arts, information technology, and lots more. Activities are managed according to each stage of development through lots of supervision from well qualified and experience staff.
Little Legends Infants (0 to 2 years)
Our goal for this age grouping is to nurture independence in a completely supervised environment through lots love and attention. We nurture dependent babies and infants to discover a new and exciting world.
It is important that babies receive our 100% attention. There will always be a calm and peaceful environment in this area, where caregivers will carry out their duties in a relaxed and enjoyable environment. We endeavour to work in close partnership with parents as we care for their babies.
Bright Sparks Toddlers (2 years to 3.5 years)
Our goal for this age grouping is to extend independence and develop skills that encourage and support toddlers to communicate and develop social competence. Teachers will be patient as they care for and encourage toddlers as they counter challenges and sometimes frustrations relating to fast developing minds and bodies.
Young Stars Preschool (3.5 years to 5 years)
Our goal for Preschoolers is to support independence, develop individual potential and encourage social competence at a higher level in preparation for Year 1 at school. This is achieved through a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities that vary from day to day. Whilst we provide lots of opportunities for children to develop intellectually, socially, attitudinally, spiritually, and physically – we ensure a fun environment.
A holistic approach allows for learning opportunities to occur naturally for each child in every activity and development is focused around individual interests.
Christian Character and Values
We reflect Christian values - such as compassion, kindness, gentleness, and peace throughout our centre. We believe these values help children gain:
A healthy sense of self-worth
A genuine concern for others
Appropriate concern for the environment
Respect for their property and the property of others