NZ Early Childhood Education Curriculum
When children are confident, secure and happy, they will learn and grow to their full potential. At Kindy Kids, children enjoy a well-thought out and designed learning programme based on their interests. We build on this in our home-from-home environments, under the guidance of well-trained teachers and, most importantly, with plenty of play. Our goal is to encourage a life-long love of learning through open ended play. As children discover the magic in learning at this early age, they are well-placed to seek out and enjoy educative opportunities as they head towards school and beyond.
Our curriculum is based on Te Whāriki – the New Zealand Early Childhood Education curriculum. Our teaching practice and curriculum delivery is influenced by:
- Te Whāriki – the New Zealand Early Childhood Education curriculum.
- Tataiako - Culture Competencies for Teachers of Maori Learners.
- Pikler, Reggio Emilia and RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) Philosophies.
- Children’s schema identification, Athey (1990), Meade and Cubey (1996), as a tool to extend and develop children’s thinking.
- Extended project work with older children is encouraged, Helm and Katz (2001) with the aim of identifying and building on children’s intellectual dispositions.
Manaaki whenua, Manaaki tangata, Haerewhakamua (Care for the land, care for the people, Go forward)
Whanaungatanga: (Relationships, students, community and whanau) At Kindy Kids we acknowledge that relationships are central to a person’s existence and foster a sense of whanaungatanga within our community. We aim to create an environment that enables young children to become a community of learners, fostering responsibility for self-directed learning. We believe our family/whanau and community are an integral part of our children’s learning. We encourage and welcome their views and aspirations for their children and welcome their time within our centre. We aim to foster a sense of togetherness in order to create an environment of harmony and union, celebrating all differences.
Tangata Whenuatanga: (Place-based, socio cultural awareness and knowledge) At Kindy Kids we aim to instil in children the strong sense of belonging within their environments, firm in the knowledge of where they come from and where they belong. We recognise the spiritual connections children have to the natural world which helps them define their positions within their environment. Through nature-based interactions we aim to evoke attitudes of respect, concern and the reciprocity between nature and child, which will give a deep understanding of what it means to nurture our ecological future.
Manaakitanga: (Values- integrity trust, sincerity and equity)
At Kindy Kids we believe that all children have a right to care, education and respect. We encompass and celebrate all cultures and invite children to share the uniqueness of their cultures daily within the centre. We understand and are committed to upholding Te Tiriti O Waitangi. We incorporate bicultural practices through the use of Te reo and Tikanga Māori throughout our daily routine.
Wānanga: (Communication, problem solving, innovation) At Kindy Kids we value a co-constructive and cooperative learning approach. We aim to inspire curiosity among learners by engaging in a process that shares and reflects upon current understandings, which lead to future learning and creation of new knowledge. We aim to always demonstrate an open mind, to explore different Wānanga: (Communication, problem solving, innovation)views and to reflect on our own values and beliefs.
Ako: (The teaching and learning relationship where the teacher is also the learner). At Kindy Kids Huapai, we recognise that the child brings uniqueness and a wealth of knowledge with them. We also recognise ourselves (teachers) as people who are able to keep an open mind, listen without bias and be humble enough to learn off others, including the children within our care. Our aim is to inspire this type of relationship between peer learning as well, where children are able to reciprocate an ako concept of learning and build off of each other’s knowledge and creativity. We provide an environment that inspires adventure play, where children are encouraged to take risks in a safe environment; thus building self confidence and a sense of accomplishment in all areas of their lives.
At Kindy Kids we understand that families can be anxious for their child to learn, and to begin preparations for entering school. We have spoken with our local primary schools and have developed our program based on what we know and understand to be important for children’s learning. We aim to provide opportunities and experiences every day for children that will support their developing literacy, numeracy, social skills and self-help skills. Through engaging in play and relationships at Kindy Kids, children will generally leave Kindy Kids being able to: