The teaching teams in kindergartens are trained and qualified teachers. Basing the kindergarten programme on Te Whāriki, the early childhood education curriculum, teachers provide a wide range of quality experiences and opportunities for children to learn and grow and to help them become confident and competent in their world.
Some of our regional kindergarten associations explain:
To grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body, and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society.
Aspirations for children, from Te Whāriki National Early Childhood Education Curriculum
We encourage children to learn, play and explore… kindergarten is about developing while having fun.
Ko tā mātou he āwhina i ngā tamariki mokopuna kia ako,
Kia tākaro, kia tūhura – kote mahi a te pūtahi tamariki
Nohinohi he whakawhanake, i te taha o te ngahau
Whether playing in the sandpit, dressing up, climbing and jumping, solving a puzzle or painting a picture, your child will experience a wide range of activities at kindergarten, all of which provide valuable learning opportunities.
The belief in a child’s right to play is at the heart of all our programmes and although it might look like kids are ‘just playing’ our teachers are constantly providing new and challenging experiences, based on children’s interests, that will lead them into new areas of learning.
When your child is playing they feel safe to try new things and through practice develop skills and confidence. As they play at kindergarten they will learn to work alongside others – to share and cooperate, make friends and ask for help. They will also develop independence and essential learning skills such as concentration, perseverance, creativity and curiosity.
Hutt City Kindergartens
… kindergartens play is valued as meaningful learning and it is recognised that children are tremendously motivated to play. Research shows that play integrates learning and helps children apply knowledge and understanding in relation to their ideas, feelings and relationships. Children’s intellectual development occurs through play. Teachers believe that play should be highly valued by society as it is while engaged in meaningful play that children learn many life skills and values such as team work, creativity and tolerance of others’ viewpoints.
At kindergarten we focus a lot on learning habits that allow children to develop skills that prepare your child for becoming responsible for their own future learning at school and also into adulthood.
These include curiosity and courage, perseverance, taking responsibility, being confident to express ideas and feelings and questioning and posing problems just to name a few. These are essential skills to develop confident competent citizens of the future.
South Otago Kindergartens
Parents and whānau are at the heart of every kindergarten and we aim to create supportive and respectful relationships with every family. We encourage families/whānau to stay or visit at any time to see what their children are up to and participate in our programmes as they wish.
Kindergartens South (Southland)
We believe early learning is a partnership with parents and whānau. Together we want to engage young children in authentic learning experiences with the space, freedom and care that builds self-confidence, independence and individuality.
Inspired Kindergartens (Tauranga)