Our Programme

Our curriculum consists of six areas, which are extended upon with extra-curricular experiences. For instance, we regularly visit our neighbouring park, Harling Park, to extend the children’s experiences and knowledge of our world. We also invite visitors to our centre who we see as supporting our philosophy and particular focus at the time.
They include:

  • Fundamental Skills experts from Tasman Sports to promote enjoyment in fitness and coordination,
  • St John Ambulance and Police to extend their knowledge of the wider world, just to name a few.

Nature and the outdoors:

This is a vital part of our preschool. We encourage the children to explore nature hands-on, using their innate curiosity and creativity. They care for our chickens, fruit and vegetable gardens, recycling, and worm farms to see nature at its best. They have opportunities for joyful learning experiences in every season, in all weather. The children come to appreciate that we are all caretakers of our natural world, and they learn to develop a lasting and positive relationship with it.

They love to play on the playground equipment, building social skills, confidence, strength, coordination, and the “I can do this” attitude. They enjoy carpentry, technology, and our science areas.

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes.”
– Claire Warden

Practical Life:

This is the first indoor area that the children explore. Here they begin their journey towards independence as they learn to care for themselves and their environment. They prepare kai (morning tea) for their peers, bake weekly, wash their kai dishes, sweep the floors, and water the plants. These activities support and build the child’s independence and self-confidence, as well as providing an opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way to family life and society. Their self-esteem grows with their mastery of these tasks.

“The essence of independence is to be able to do something for one’s self.”
- Maria Montessori

Sensorial Area:

This area develops the child’s five senses (touch, smell, hearing, taste, and sight) using specialist materials. As the child works with the materials, they are also immersed in the associated language, which extends their vocabulary.

Mathematics:

This is an exciting hands-on learning environment, which gradually moves the child from physical materials to the abstract experience of concepts—from the tangible to the intangible. The child explores the decimal system of counting, number recognition, the basic math operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, time-telling, fractions, and problem-solving strategies.

Language:

Language-based activities support the child to learn about the vocabulary of a variety of interesting topics, in a natural way. They enjoy songs/waiata, rhymes, and stories. In the process, they are learning the alphabet, how to construct words, and how to read and write.

Cultural — science, social studies, art, and music:

These are a natural extension of the classroom. They encourage the children to appreciate our wider world. Activities are organised to support our country’s unique cultures, along with the special cultures our children and staff bring to our centre.

Through our Nature pedagogy we support sustainability and recycling, so we have chickens and worm farms to help children develop their understanding of our precious earth and the importance of caring for it. We will extend this with visits to Harling Park.

Our Montessori philosophy provides opportunities for developing an understanding of biology, zoology and science.

We also explore geography and history through the lens of our various cultures, along with looking at current events, such as the Olympic Games.

Art includes a variety of techniques and materials, such as painting, drawing, clay work and papier mâché.

Music and movement incorporate singing, drama, dancing, poi, and making music with instruments.