Infants & Toddlers Centre

Yrs 0-2

Programme

The primary care giving system allows teachers to know children well.  Teachers use observations to formally document the children’s strengths, interests and dispositions. Experiences are planned that are responsive and further develop children’s skills and interests.  For example:

  • teachers use a variety of teaching strategies 
  • equipment & resources support children to explore and investigate at their own pace and
  • allow children to develop working theories and revisit them
  • trips within the community offer experiences within the wider world
  • communication with parents supports and extends children’s learning (a combined approach)

ERO – Education Review Office

ERO visited the centre in February 2014.  Their report of the centre commented on how “Children learn in a calm, happy atmosphere…Each teacher is familiar with the specific needs and interests of the children in their care…interactions between children and teachers are highly responsive…teachers talk with children in a positive, respectful and sensitive manner. They are skilled at acknowledging children’s non-verbal gestures and supporting language development. They regularly engage with children on a one-one basis and extend their thinking…children are comfortable and secure in the environment. They freely explore at their own pace”

A full copy of the report can be found at www.ero.govt.nz