LEARNING AT DOUBTLESS BAY KINDERGARTEN
How tamariki develop and learn is about the way in which they grow as thinkers and learners, and involves them developing learning dispositions such as curiosity, persistence, concentration, motivation, confidence, excitement and the ability to face challenges.
It is about becoming an independent thinker and learner who is able to make decisions and choices and to interpret their ideas and solve problems.
At Doubtless Bay Kindergarten our programme is underpinned by the NZ Early Childhood Curriculum – Te Whāriki (2006). Te Whāriki is the Ministry of Education’s early childhood curriculum policy statement. Te Whāriki is a framework for providing tamariki / children’s learning and development within a socio-cultural context.
There is an alignment between the curriculum standards and learning outcomes in Te Whāriki and the Key Competencies in the New Zealand Curriculum for schools.
“As a team we recognise the dual partnership, and heritage of Aotearoa, New Zealand, and have a commitment to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We acknowledge Te Whāriki, the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, as the context for everything we do as teachers. It guides and influences our work with children and whanau.
As teachers we embrace the concept of whakawhanaungatanga; We emphasise the significance of building strong relationships, which foster children and their whanau’s sense of belonging to the Doubtless Bay Kindergarten community and this underpins our programme by building collaborative relationships with whanau, local Schools, Early childhood settings, and the wider community.
Tamariki learn best when they are able to learn through experiences that are genuine, authentic and meaningful to them. By creating an atmosphere of manaakitanga, we believe that every child is empowered to become a confident, intentional learner secure in self-esteem, independence, social competence, and cultural identity. We see our role as nurturing each child’s uniqueness by weaving together whanau aspirations with educational outcomes.
We value the concept of Akonga, being teachers and learners together and view our role, as teachers, as fostering responsive, respectful and reciprocal relationships with people and places.
Risk and challenge is something that our team is passionate about. Encouraging children to step into the space outside their comfort zone, whilst developing their resilience and self-care skills ~ knowing their boundaries and learning to manage these.
We value the concept of lifelong learning for both children and adults. Therefore we aim to continually enhance our practice as educators through reflective practice, team discussion, collaborative research, mentoring Student Teachers, and participating in wide ranging professional learning opportunities.
We are mindful of our unique setting here in Doubtless Bay and make a commitment to giving children opportunities to connect with the whenua and moana. We value our unique location and make a commitment to embracing the principles of Kaitiakitanga to develop a sense of respect and responsibility for the finite resources of the earth through practices that engender thoughtful use of time and resources”
15 March 2016