Nutrition

At Learning Curves, we are incredibly proud to hold the Whānau (Silver) Healthy Heart Award. Achieving this high level award means that healthy eating and physical activity practices are recognised and woven sustainably into all aspects of our centre environment, we are helping our tamariki to have healthy habits and healthy hearts for life.
Our fabulous cook uses minimally processed food, avoiding recipes that are high in added sugar and instead, we embrace fresh, real and wholesome ingredients to offer a menu that is full of nutritious and tasty recipes across morning-tea and lunch.

We are also mindful of any food allergies or intolerances your child may have. Please specify these at time of enrolment.

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Nga Kaakano

Transition to School Programme

Here at Learning Curves, 4 days a week at 10.00 am we run our transition to school programme, Nga Kaakano, which is dedicated to further supporting pathways to school and kura, and ensuring we are meeting the needs of learners within our Preschool room.

Nga Kaakano is attended by our tamariki who are 4 (or are turning 4 and have communicated to our Kaiako a desire to join) in the preschool sleep room for 30 minutes. In this programme we work to make some aspects of school more familiar and practice some of the values seen within our school communities. Our tamariki are given the opportunity to attend or stay engaged in the learning they are already involved in.

We engage in simple mat time routines, inviting children to participate, contribute and build confidence as well as practicing waiting, listening to others, sharing ideas, and contributing to building a shared understanding of different concepts and ideas.

Tamariki’s interests will spark ways in which Kaiako can grow and further thinking. Using Te Whariki to guide planning, we ensure all areas of the curriculum are met.
We engage in individual and group projects , work on self-help skills and there is a lens to providing opportunities for children around literacy and numeracy and even science. We do this through the use of whiteboards, geometric shapes, large books that feature repetitive and predictive text so that while reading a story tamariki are seeing familiarity in letter formation. We use conversation around stories to support our tamariki in thinking through what they are hearing, predicting what may happen next, possible lines of direction for the story and what may happen next.

Excursions

We try to get out and about on an excursion at least once a term. Some of our recent excursions have been to Waikato Museum to Exsite and Bright Sparks, a whole of Preschool trip to The Fun Shed and to a junior school production at one of our local schools.

Community, Culture & Celebration

Parents love the rich sense of community at Learning Curves, and our curriculum reflects our philosophy for strong relationships. We absolutely love coming together with our tamariki, whānau and community to strengthen our relationships with one another.

At Learning Curves we love to celebrate! Whether it be a national week, cultural celebration, a calendar date or a themed dress up day. Some of the events on our annual calendar include Chinese New Year, Seaweek – Kaupapa Moana, Saint Patrick’s Day, Samoan Language week, Matariki Maori New Year, Tongan Language Week and Diwali.

Portfolios & Storypark

We use an awesome app called Storypark, which allows whānau to follow their child’s early learning journey and to ensure you don’t miss out on important centre communications.

Photos, videos and audio capture your child’s learning so you never miss a treasured moment again. You and your family can also feel more engaged in your child’s development, and you decide who you would like to invite to experience your childs learning journey with you. A perfect way to share those special moments with loved ones down the line or overseas.

Although we love to use Storypark as an online platform to communicate with parents, we also use paper portfolios for each child.

Children enjoy finding their paper portfolio and reflecting on their past activities at the centre. It is a fantastic way for children to engage in self-recognition and reflect on their personal development, as well as being a treasured keepsake for their 21st Birthday!

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we’d love to hear from you!

We understand that your child’s education & care is a priority and that choosing the right centre can be a big decision. We would be delighted to share in your child’s learning journey. Feel welcome to contact us in whichever way is most convenient for you, or visit our centre and meet our Teaching Team!