Our learning programme is child centred and founded on the guiding principles of Te Whāriki the early childhood curriculum of NZ and also inspired by Reggio Emilia principles.
Teachers support children to learn through meaningful interactions and experiences where they can develop their capabilities in using tools and materials, making a range of connections, exploring ideas and working with other children in our mixed aged environment. These experiences are carefully planned to meet the children’s individual strengths, abilities, dispositions and interests based on teachers’ continuous observations.
Teachers base routines for infants on the child’s own home routines where care moments are valued as precious opportunities for learning and building strong relationships in a peaceful and calm environment.
The environment is a very important part of the learning programme, and as a result, emphasis is placed on the provision of a stimulating setting, carefully arranged to invite exploration and the development of ideas. Natural resources, recycled materials and art objects contribute to the programme, provoking children’s imagination, creativity and wonder.
At AppleSeed, learning is viewed as a collaborative process that occurs when the perspectives of parents, children and teachers are equally valued and shared. Through Story Park we share learning stories that capture the multiple dimensions and progressions in children’s learning and development. Thoughts and ideas, feedback and comments from parents and families in their child’s learning and assessments are really helpful for individual planning, which are encouraged and appreciated.
Our mixed aged environment also provides specialist teachers for each age group to assess children’s learning according to their interests, abilities, strengths and dispositions. Age appropriate learning experiences allow the programme to be tailored to the appropriate development levels of our children.