Children learn a huge amount in the ﬁrst years of their lives. Participating in quality early childhood education strengthens this early learning and lays a strong foundation for later success.
All early childhood education services in Papatoetoe are required to deliver a curriculum that
empowers young children to be conﬁdent and competent learners. The framework for this curriculum is set out in Te Whāriki, which has recently been updated.
Each service weaves a local curriculum (or whāriki) based on the principles, strands, goals and learning outcomes found in Te Whāriki. When deciding which areas to focus on, teachers and educators take into account the interests, strengths and needs of the children and the aspirations of parents, whānau and community.
Te Whāriki supports every child to be strong in his or her identity, language and culture.
Te Whariki includes principles and strands which together describe a holistic curriculum
Early childhood curriculum empowers the child to learn and glow.
Holistic Development KATAHITANGA
Early childhood curriculum reflects the holistic way that children learn and grow.
Family And Community WHANAU TANGATA
Relationships NGA HONONGA
Children learn through responsive and reciprocal relationships with people places and things.
Wellbeing MANA ATUA
The health and wellbeing of the child are protected and nurtured
Belonging MANA WHENUA
Children and their families feel a sense of belonging
Contribution MANA TANGATA
Opportunities for learning are equitable, and each child’s contribution is valued
Communication MANA REO
The languages and symbols of children’s own and other cultures are promoted and protected
Exploration MANA AOTUROA
The child learns through active exploration of the environment
Guided lunch box days – Monday and Friday On these days our children bring food from home. What began as a way to get the older children ready for school has spread throughout the center, and everyone loves the variety! We help our tamariki and their whanau to make healthy choices.
Nutritious meals provided – Tuesday to Thursday Good food is brain food. We lead by example during the rest of the week, providing fresh, healthy meals prepared by Reeta, our wonderful nutritionist and cook. We’ve created child-friendly delicious menus that celebrate our cultures. We also take into account special dietary requirements, such as halal food, or vegetarian, which are catered for separately.