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.
Our sessions offer a variety of structured and free play opportunities to support children’s developmental needs and widening interests. Familiar routines provide a secure environment for independent exploration and co-operative play. Flexibility within our daily routine enables children to experience new challenges.
|Parents/caregivers with support from the teaching team, settle their children into an activity before departing. A range of activities (free play/choice) will be offered for children to engage in learning.|
|09:50am||Tidy up before morning tea|
|We encourage children to help us look after the environment, toys and equipment when appropriate.|
|Children wash their hands and sit at the tables where everybody sings our morning tea song. Each child receives their own food container and eats alongside peers.|
|Everybody is invited to join us at music circle time.|
|Children are reintroduced into new activities set out by the teachers. This is also bathroom time – toileting, nappy changing, and face washing if necessary.|
|11:50am||Tidy up before lunch time|
|Children are encouraged to tidy up some toys before lunch time.|
|We say karakia after washing our hands for lunch and then each child receives their own lunch and eats alongside peers.|
|Small group activities are offered. Parent help arrives.|
|1.15pm||Story mat time|
|Everybody is invitied to join at at story mat time.|