Learning

At Little Moa’s we use the Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whariki, as the foundation of our programme, with our daily direction being determined by the interests of our children combined with some routine, such as mat time.

We strongly believe that children learn through play, and we provide the latest in Early Childhood assessment and programme planning that is conveyed to parents through their child’s portfolio and fortnightly newsletters. Portfolios can be accessed online allowing for parents and their wider whanau to keep up to date with their child’s learning at a time that suits them. We also hold regular parent evenings to give parents a chance to socialise with other families in the centre, to keep up to date with the programme, and talk to educators in a relaxed setting about their child’s learning at Little Moa’s.

We incorporate day to day life skills into our programme, encouraging children to dress and feed themselves, tidy up when their play has finished, help hang out and fold washing, and they regularly help in making Friday lunch and baking afternoon tea. We also assist both child and parents with the transition from nappies to becoming fully toilet trained. Little Moa’s loves to teach our children about the wonders of nature with edible gardens and plants, chickens, and we have even had a lamb!

We have a ‘Transition to School’ programme allowing our 4 ½ year – 5 year olds to learn the necessary skills required for starting school.

We recognise that being in the same environment every day can be a bit boring for anyone so we have regular outings into our community. There is a playground and large field across the road that provides great entertainment, especially in summer. We have a Centre van that allows for trips often based around their current interests, or trips to the pet shop, garden centre, or even for a fluffy!

We have a brilliant team of experienced educators from diverse cultural backgrounds – Pakeha, Maori, Chinese, Fijian, Cook Island, and Sri-Lankan. Over 80% of our teaching staff are qualified Early Childhood teachers, and the remainder are at various levels of study for their Diploma or Bachelor in Early Childhood. Learning does not stop on graduation; our staff are strongly supported with ongoing professional development and opportunities to continue their growth, as well as an on-site management team.

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