When children are confident, secure and happy, they will learn and grow to their full potential. At Kereru Kindy, children enjoy a well-thought out and designed learning programme based on their interests. We build on this in our home-from-home environments, under the guidance of well-trained teachers and, most importantly, with plenty of play.
Our goal is to encourage a life-long love of learning through open ended play. As children discover the magic in learning at this early age, they are well-placed to seek out and enjoy educative opportunities as they head towards school and beyond.
Our curriculum is based on Te Whāriki – the New Zealand Early Childhood Education curriculum. Our teaching practice and curriculum delivery is influenced by:
- Te Whāriki – the New Zealand Early Childhood Education curriculum
- Pikler and RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) Philosophies.
- Children’s schema identification, Athey (1990), Meade and Cubey (1996), as a tool to extend and develop children’s thinking.
- Extended project work with older children is encouraged, Helm and Katz (2001) with the aim of identifying and building on children’s intellectual dispositions.