Our Kaiako are valued teachers whom all bring a vast range of experiences and knowledge to the centre. We are proud of the quality, professionalism, and authenticity the teachers deliver within the centre.
Te reo Māori is naturally woven throughout the centre as we are fortunate to have some kaiako who are fluent speakers. Many of our team who are confident in conversing in te reo Māori are role modelling their natural abilities to weave biculturalism throughout the centre. Douglas St Kaiako embrace Kaupapa Māori values, where whanaungatanga (relationships), and manaakitanga (hospitality) guide the way we lead partnerships with our centre whānau. Our centre strength is our bicultural practices, where we acknowledge Te Tiriti ō Waitangi is done with ease.
We are committed to building a strong foundation of strength, that allows tamariki to succeed in their own learning based on the understanding and a respect for their cultural roots.
Te Whāriki, (Early Childhood Curriculum) envisages kaiako in early learning settings working in partnership with parents, whānau and community to realise this vision.
The expectation is that, in their early years, children will experience a curriculum that empowers them as lifelong learners.
Te Whāriki supports this work by providing a framework of principles and strands.
The principles are the foundations of curriculum decision making and a guide for every aspect of pedagogy and practice.
The strands are 5 areas of learning and development, where the focus is on supporting children to develop the capabilities they need as confident and competent learners.
Each setting takes these principles and strands and, in partnership with parents and whānau, uses them to ‘weave’ a curriculum whāriki that is specifically designed for their children.
Montessori is a method of education that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning, and collaborative play. Our Montessori inspired classrooms allow children to make creative choices in their learning, work in groups and individually to discover and explore knowledge of the world and to develop their maximum potential.
Montessori classrooms are generally beautifully crafted environments designed to meet the needs of children in a specific age range. Dr. Maria Montessori discovered that experiential learning in this type of classroom led to a deeper understanding of language, mathematics, science, music, social interactions and much more. Most Montessori classrooms are secular in nature, although our two classrooms are Montessori Inspired, we often adapt the curriculum to support free play opportunities also.
Children can learn through their own experience and at their own pace. They can respond at any moment to the natural curiosities that exist in all humans and build a solid foundation for life-long learning. Children in our Montessori Inspired classes can weave their own learning with the Montessori resources and extend through free play if they choose.
Our Douglas Street centre has 6 separate classrooms catering for children aged 0-6 years. The age groups in the classrooms are a basic indication. Sometimes we need to support children with further development earlier or later, depending on each child and their individual development.
The Pounamu Room
The Pounamu Room
The Pounamu Room, for children aged 0-1 years, provides a warm, welcoming and friendly home like environment to grow and develop. We plan our environment and programme according to each child’s individual needs and abilities.
The Kea Room
The Kea Room
The Kea Room philosophy is based on nurturing and respecting each child’s individual needs and abilities. The Kea Room provides a wide range of activities to encourage exploration, self help skills and supports emerging communication.
The Kowhai Room
The Kowhai Room
The Kowhai Room caters for children aged around 20 months – 3 ½ years of age.
The focus in the Kowhai Room is to extend on children’s understanding of their bodies and to encourage “self-help” skills and independence.
The Patiki Room’s home like environment and Montessori philosophy provides each child with the opportunity to learn at their own pace, while being supported and extended. Partnership with whanau is an integral part of programme planning and communication is open and caring.
The Pohutukawa Room’s classroom philosophy is that children learn through play, both real life and imagination based. Each child is offered a wide range of learning opportunities to stimulate and extend their learning, while recognising their own strengths and interests.
We introduce sustainable habits and practices to our children by encouraging them to reduce, reuse and recycle. We also keep worm farms and grow our own veges in our very own Centre garden.
Using Storypark significantly reduces the amount of paper used for forms and newsletters.
We use local suppliers and partners where possible, supporting the sustainability of businesses in our community.
We believe every little bit helps to ensure sustainability for our precious future generations!
Connecting Children with Nature
The natural world is a giant, open-ended learning laboratory. Children are innate scientists and love to experience the sights, scents, sounds, and textures of the outdoors.
Whether it’s growing vegetables, creating a masterpiece with dirt, twigs and sand, watch worms wriggle through the soil, gazing at clouds, jumping in puddles, listening to birds sing, smelling fresh-cut grass and collecting seeds – any outdoor learning experience is always a positive one!
We are proud to offer all of the above opportunities through our very own natural outdoor environment right here at our Centre – some KEY benefits to spending time outside include: Increasing involvement in physical activity, enhancing cognitive abilities, creativity and imaginative play. It also supports problem solving, improves self confidence, promotes advanced motor development including fitness, co-ordination and agility.
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