The centres programme is developed in consultation with parents and children and is strongly based on children’s individual needs and interests. Teachers use observations to document children’s interests, strengths and learning which are shared with parents and whānau.
Throughout the day children can choose from a range of learning experiences in a carefully prepared environment. Teachers and children interact in responsive reciprocal ways to support learning experiences that are meaningful to all. Teachers effectively use a range of teaching practices that encourage children to develop working theories.
Transition to school is supported through ongoing relationships with local primary schools.
ERO – Education Review Office
The Education Review Office visited in 2015 and found that “Teachers know children well. Warm, mutually respectful relationships are evident. Teachers regularly ask parents about their views and ideas, and aspirations they have for their children. Teachers notice, recognise and respond to children's emerging interests and plan appropriate learning experiences which intergrate literacy, mathematics, science, technology and art. Positive outcomes for children are promoted by teachers working collaboratively. Teachers model te reo Maori and integrate it authentically throughout the programme. Self review is used positively to bring about change and improvement."
A full copy of the report can be found at www.ero.govt.nz