Kindy Cottage is an extension of home where social, loving and reciprocal relationships are formed between children, educators, parents and whanau. Children are encouraged to learn from each other where tuakana teina (children learning from each other) is valued. We believe that children learn naturally through play and we aim to foster each child’s social, physical, intellectual and cultural wellbeing. Our programme follows Te Whaariki the National Early Childhood Curriculum document which aims to ensure that children:
“Grow up as confident, competent learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valuable contribution“.
Children are affirmed as individuals and have equitable opportunity to explore and enjoy their learning environment.
We value a real partnership with families and Whanau, where parents/caregivers are encouraged to be involved in their child’s learning through regular communication both formal and informal.
Our programme provides an environment for creative expression and self-help skills are developed in a child initiated environment supported by educators.
We recognise the importance of a safe secure environment, where children are able to experience a balance of routines, familiar experiences, as well as stimulating challenges.Kindy Cottage is an extension of home where social, loving and reciprocal relationships are formed between children, educator's, parents and whanau. Children are encouraged to learn from each other where tuakana teina, children learning from each other, is valued.
Assessment is an integral part of the programme. Careful observation helps us to understand children as individuals and allows us to support their holistic development and needs. Assessments reflect the child’s interests and personal goal setting and we encourage parent input.
Reviewed: November 2010
To view Kindy Cottage's Under Two's Philosophy click here on this document. Philosophy A4.pdf