The Pre-School programme is semi-structured and child initiated. We implement a project approach, based on the principles of the Reggio Emilia programme. This follows and fits within the New Zealand ECE curriculum of Te Whāriki.
The aim of this approach is to extend children’s research and investigational skills, their ability to understand new concepts which help them to develop life skills to prepare for school and the world around them.
We also have a short structured session each day where teachers work with small groups of children on strengths and needs based concepts.
Throughout the day the children have the opportunity to experience a range of activities within our extensive indoor and outdoor setting, which includes music, pretend play, adventure playground, mud pit, vegetable garden, wharenui, and baking, amongst other activities.
Our involvement with the community and whānau includes trips to supporting places of interest (sometimes linking to our project work), along with family/whānau events and invitations to the center to share in children’s learning and celebrations of special events.
‘Positive and supportive relationships are evident amongst teachers, children, and their families. Teachers respond to children’s questions and ideas and use these to build on their thinking and understanding. Inclusive partnerships amongst teachers, children and their families, are contributing to a strong sense of trust and belonging ERO report 2015.
1 teacher to 10 children