Centre Programme

Our programme provides opportunities for learning experiences that are based on children’s interests, both as individuals and as a group. Te Whāriki, the Early Childhood Curriculum is the base for our centre programme. We follow the children’s interests and support the diverse learning pathways that come through in play. Our programme planning is displayed in the centre for parents and children to view.

Each child’s learning is assessed on a regular basis and documented in their online portfolio. We use Storypark as our documentation platform. The portfolio is a celebration of your child’s unique learning journey, their interests, strengths and achievements during their time at Ngaio Childcare Centre. The portfolio captures your child’s learning and development through observation and documentation. Information collected may include learning stories, group stories, photographs, videos, art samples and parent, whanau and child voices.

Learning stories provide a framework for teachers to notice, recognise and respond to your child’s learning dispositions. These are skills and understandings that your child has about their learning.

The Parent Voice feedback supports the partnership between home, the wider community and our centre. Connections between all enhance your child’s learning. We value the knowledge and experience you have of your child and we welcome your feedback in the Parent Voice comment section at the bottom of your child's story. We hope that you will share with us information about your child so that we can plan learning experiences that will best meet your child’s interests.

The portfolio is a collaborative approach to learning. The teachers will contribute to this portfolio once a term. You and your child are welcome to view this portfolio at any time either at the centre or in your home. Sharing this portfolio with your child on their learning and development should enhance their sense of themselves as capable and competent learners.

Daily Routine

We structure the session depending on the age range of the tamariki and their current interests and we offer a range of experiences and activities accordingly. In each session there will be some flexibility within the suggested routines outlined.

08:30am Arrival
 

A Kaiako meets parents/caregivers at the front door. Tamariki come inside with Kaiako to
 unpack their bag and wash their hands. A range of activities (freeplay/choice) will be offered 
for tamariki to engage in learning.

09:30am  Tidy up before morning tea
  We encourage tamariki to help us look after the environment, toys and equipment when appropriate.
09:40am Mat time/hand washing/morning tea
 

Short mat time, including karakia kai. Kaiako support tamariki to wash hands, find their lunch 
box and sit together at the table for morning tea.

10:00am Free play
 

Tamariki are reintroduced into new activities set out by the Kaiako. This is also bathroom time
(toileting,nappychanging,andfacewashingifnecessary).

11:30am Tidy up before lunch
  We encourage tamariki to help us look after the environment, toys and equipment when appropriate.
11:40am Mat time/hand washing/lunch
  Short mat time, including karakia kai. Kaiako support tamariki to wash hands, find their lunch 
box and sit together at the table for lunch.
12:00pm Free play
  Tamariki are reintroduced into new activities set out by the Kaiako. This is also bathroom time
(toileting,nappychanging,andfacewashingifnecessary).
01:00pm Tidy up for end of day
  Kaiako encourage tamariki to start tidying up for the end of the day.
01:15pm Tidy up/mat time
 

The outside kaiako finishes tidying up outside and the rover begins to tidy up inside. All tamariki 
remain on the mat for stories until they are collected by a parent/caregiver.

01:30pm Home time
Parents arrive to collect tamariki.

*Reviewed as necessary.

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