Curriculum

High Quality Early Childhood Education is the only proven technique that will alter the life course of a child.”
Our programme is based on Te Whariki & DOP’s the N.Z Early Childhood curriculum.
We offer the children a self choice developmentally appropriate programme based on educational equipment designed to stimulate children to think, problem-solve, progress physically, emotionally and socially.

The trained staff interact with the children, extending language and thought.Children build their learning on their previous knowledge and the staff support and nurture that learning. Our programmes are designed for children to be active, to be involved with materials and other children. The children have freedom of choice and play with the equipment and materials set out.

Children are encouraged to be self disciplined. All children are encouraged to take care of and to value the equipment and resources in their environment. Alongside our self-selection programme we run an educational plan. This can include visits from people in our community i.e. Fire-fighter, Health, Nurse, Police. Visits to places ego local library, music, local parks & bush walk. We bring together ideas from our Samoan world, art, craft, books and music. Children are never forced to join in, but they are encouraged to.
Other extensions to the programme will be advertised on the noticeboard, please watch out for these.

Daily Routine

08.00am – 10.00am Free play and set tasks activities

10.00am – 10.30am Devotion / prayer, health & weather

10.30am – 10.45am Wash hands / fruit & water

10.45am – 11.30am Set tasks / activities in groups. ( indoor & outdoor)

11.30 am – 12.00am Singing, silent reading, poem, maths, story telling

12.00am – 12.30pm Hand wash, and lunch.

12.30pm – 2.00pm Rest time, quiet time.

02.00pm – 2.30pm Free time and tidy up.

02.30pm – 3.00pm After noon tea, grooming time, and games.

03.00pm – 3.30pm Home time and good bye

 

Meals

Meals are provided at the Centre. A record of the menu is on display.

Each child will bring a fresh fruit everyday. Please don’t bring any chips, lollies or cake as these cause problems between the children and later health problems. Keep them for birthday party times!

Fruits are for their morning tea and biscuits are for afternoon tea.

 

Clothes

A complete change of clothes. Disposable nappies and wipes for under 2’s. Bring some spares if your child is toilet training.

Please send children dressed in suitable, washable play clothes.

During the winter months, please provide woollen hat, warm cardigan / jumper, gumboots, socks and a pair of slipper for inside wear.
In summer, please provide a sunhat, sun block, a named drink bottle, shorts etc.

Please check the lost bin regularly. We like to receive spare plastic bags for dirty clothing.