Our kaiako (teachers) are wonderful and amazing people, who have been selected based on their experience within the Early Childhood Education field, their professional knowledge of teaching and nurturing young children and their philosophy of education and knowledge of child development.
We value professional development, and encourage our team to participate in a variety of courses, in order to grow and keep up to date with new developments in the educational field.
At Learning Curves, happy and content staff are as important as happy children. We work at keeping our staff for long periods to ensure stability for the children and a consistent learning environment.
We are committed to follow the aspirations of the New Zealand National ECE Curiculum, Te Whāriki,
“For children to 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”.
Te Whāriki envisages kaiako in early learning settings working in partnership with parents, whānau and community to realise this vision. The expectation is that, in their early years, children will experience a curriculum that empowers them as lifelong learners.
Te Whāriki supports this work by providing a framework of principles and strands. The principles are the foundations of curriculum decision making and a guide for every aspect of pedagogy and practice. The strands are 5 areas of learning and development, where the focus is on supporting children to develop the capabilities they need as confident and competent learners. Each setting takes these principles and strands and, in partnership with parents and whānau, uses them to ‘weave’ a curriculum whāriki that is specifically designed for their children.
Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti arahia ō tatou mahi, Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work.
Our approach is very much about being responsive to each individual child’s cues and that every child is unique and ensuring they are treated as such. Each child is observed and planned for as an individual.
Based on the current disposition each child has been displaying, learning experiences are then set up. We work in partnership with whānau, knowing that they are their children’s first teachers and that they know their child best.
In our Nursery Room we implement primary caregiving, with children choosing their primary caregiver. The benefits of having a small, close knit team, is that all our tamariki have strong relationships with all Kaiako.
We can have up to 15 under two year olds, and have recently had a beautiful new outdoor space created for us.
Our Preschool Room offers a huge natural outdoor space, with plenty of room for tamariki to explore their environment. We have a bike track and children engage in loose parts play, creating houses, bridges and anything else they can imagine.
A big part of our local curriculum is the train tracks running directly behind the centre. The tamariki love waving, getting toots from the drivers, counting carriages and looking at the different colours and shapes of the cargo being shipped. Our tamariki love any opportunity to get involved in messy play and our environment delivers! We are licensed for 35 over two year old’s.
We introduce sustainable habits and practices to our children by encouraging them to reduce, reuse and recycle. We also keep worm farms and grow our own veges in our very own Centre garden.
Using Storypark significantly reduces the amount of paper used for forms and newsletters.
We use local suppliers and partners where possible, supporting the sustainability of businesses in our community.
We believe every little bit helps to ensure sustainability for our precious future generations!
Connecting Children with Nature
The natural world is a giant, open-ended learning laboratory. Children are innate scientists and love to experience the sights, scents, sounds, and textures of the outdoor environment. At Learning Curves, we are always looking for learning opportunities that embrace nature.
Through free play, children spontaneously connect with nature right here in our own playground and outdoor environment. For example, children are often busy building masterpieces with dirt or sand, searching for twigs and sticks, watching worms wriggle through the soil, gazing at clouds, jumping in puddles, or listening to the birds sing.
Our toddlers and pre-schoolers thrive on using their imagination as they become ‘explorers’ in their own environment, doing this means they are encouraged to investigate and learn names of animals, insects, plants, and their purposes on our earth. We love seeing the children learn to care for their centre environment, their community, and the great big world we live in!
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