The Central North Island Kindergarten Trust adopts the Ministry of Education’s aspirations 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 tht they make a valued contribution to society.”

Click the link below and it will take you directly to the Ministry of Education site for the Te Whāriki documents and information.

Ministry of Education – Te Whāriki Documents page

Philosophy of our learning programme

Our environments are purposefully planned to allow child-initated learning where structure and routines are flexible to suit children’s differing abilities, interests and strengths.

Every aspect of the programme and environment provides learning spaces and opportunities for children to make choices.

There is a familiar structure and routine to each child’s day, and the teaching team arranges the day to accommodate these individual patterns. We believe that each child should have control of the time needed to satisfy their own learning.

Planning the programme in this way allows the teachers to notice, recognise, respond and reflect on the child’s interests. Our programme provides opportunities for each child to follow their interests so their full potential can be reached.

Teachers do this by working alongside children to extend and support their interests, allowing the child to take the lead. Part of this learning is assessed and documented for the child and their family to celebrate and extend the child’s journey of learning.

Our teachers develop individual profiles for babies, toddlers and children to record their learning stories which includes observations from teachers, parents and caregivers and examples of the child’s work. Profiles are available to parents, caregivers and whānau at anytime, and are given to the child when he or she leaves us.