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
Equippers Kids provides a place where every child can discover their unique God-given identities and be confident in who they are, through passionate and quality teachers.
We have designed our centre that not only expresses biblical themes through play, but also expresses the communities in which it is located in. At Equippers Kids we feel that it is our mission to Equip the next generation for life through Jesus Christ, to create a foundation through His word that securely seals their future and destiny.
We will tell to the generation to come the praiseworthy deeds of The LORD, and tell of His great might and power and the wonderful works that He has done.
Equippers Kids promotes the following Christian values and beliefs that are weaved throughout our curriculum. These Christian values are:
Compassion - genuine concern for others, reflecting God’s love for His children, and how this is carried out in practice. Forgiving others is central to the Christian message, allowing people to reconcile differences and enhance relationships
Happiness – the Centre’s activities will promote a happy and joyful environment throughout all aspects
Peace – harmony and accord is taught and promoted and is central to the development of social competence for children
Patience – children will understand that some things don’t happen overnight
Kindness & Respect – children and teachers respect each other for whom they are; their environment and parents/families. Kindness is doing something and not expecting anything in return. Kindness is respect and helping others without waiting for someone to help one back
Goodness – we endeavour to uphold moral excellence in all aspects of our service. we endeavour to promote a sharing community where each person can contribute to the others’ wellbeing and success
Faithfulness – accountability and fulfilling our duties and obligations is central to our success and this concept is promoted and practiced in all facets of our professional practice.
Gentleness - a divinely-balanced virtue that can only operate through faith. Children are taught how to control their emotions and behaviour, and to show respect for each other – to become even tempered and balanced as their young minds become challenged in life.
Self-control - children learn “self-regulation” as part of their development. A child with self -regulatory skills is able to focus their attention, control their emotions and manage their thinking, behaviour and feelings, contributing to their social and physical development.
Our Christian character will help each child gain:
Spiritual foundations based on the knowledge that they are uniquely individual and are loved by God.
Skills and values that promote:
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