Programme | Akoranga
We believe that tamariki need the opportunity to play and explore the environment. As teachers, we will provide opportunities that enable each tamaiti (child) to reach their full potential as individuals. Kaiako will facilitate the learning of each child’s unique skills and interest within a richly resourced environment that challenges and extends their learning. We refer to this as child directed learning. Children will have opportunities to experience their own and other cultures and to explore the wider community.
To holistically support children to be confident and competent lifelong learners we need to find ways to keep everything connected, so embedded in our programme is the desire for continuity for children. With strong mutually supportive relationships we believe that continuity can be strengthened for children. With this tamariki are more able to explore the true potential of learning. In turn, parents and kaiako can understand children’s learning better and contribute more authentically to children’s experiences at the centre. At the same time teachers are motivated and inspired by the work they are doing and are more focused, thus creating the best possible situation for all.
“In order to co-construct meaning and understanding, the teacher needs to become aware of what the child thinks and knows and understands, and to engage with this body of knowledge. The child’s own expertise is acknowledged as being as valid as the teachers.”
These learning priorities are at the heart of our goals for each tamariki and where we aim to grow and consolidate their learning throughout their time at the centre.
While we come together as a centre community, our preschool whānau, we are intentional about supporting and growing the self-identity of each tamariki, therefore the centre’s learning priorities focus on tamariki sense of self.
Sharing The Learning Journey
Each tamaiti has their own Learning Journey Book and online Learning Portfolio, which incorporates significant learning interests and centre events. Whānau and kaiako contribute to these with experiences and learning from the centre and home. This two-way communication recognises what occurs outside our four walls and the effects it has within and vice versa. Making connecting links between the centre and home enables tamariki to fully engage within their potential learning pathways. It ensures whānau are authentically involved and kaiako view the tamariki holistically.
All documentation (especially photos and learning stories) creates opportunities for children to revisit previous experiences. These act as a provocation to all tamariki whether they have been involved in the experience or not. This also creates the opportunity for children to reflect, discuss and build upon their previous experiences. The continuity for each child in terms of participation and communication is clearly highlighted within the documentation.