Our kaiako (teachers) are wonderful and amazing people, who have been selected based on their experience within Early Childhood Education, their professional knowledge of teaching and nurturing young children, their philosophy of education and knowledge of child development. We value professional development, and encourage our team to participate in a variety of courses, in order to grow and keep up to date with new developments in the educational field.
We are fortunate to have a multi-cultural and multi-lingual team of teachers, adding to the depth of culture, diversity and celebration at KIDSpace.
Each of our centre areas, Nursery, Toddlers, Preschool, has a Team Leader and supporting Teaching Team.
We are committed to follow the aspirations of the New Zealand National ECE Curiculum, Te Whāriki, “For children 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”.
Te Whāriki envisages kaiako (teachers) 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.
Children love to discover, and what better way to explore our world than through fun challenging play and interaction. For all children, the transition to school is a challenging one, so we nurture a love of learning to ensure this journey is enjoyable and rewarding and as smooth as possible.
Our rooms are a daily hive of activity and are divided into groupings with children of similar ages. All activities interweave into each child’s learning journey.
Children take part in a full range of learning activities and projects designed to extend their learning and cognitive processes.
The goals and learning outcomes of Te Whariki are integral to our daily routines and activities, ensuring children gain a strong cultural awareness and appreciation of their place in society.
A time where children are involved in whole group learning activities. This involves more story and language development, music and movement, literacy, sharing, turn taking, special interests and group discussions.
Dramatic Play, Life Skills, Family & Culture
Social & dramatic play expands children’s oral language as they talk about the activities taking place. They develop knowledge of their capabilities as they dramatise familiar happenings and begin to understand other people’s needs and responsibilities.
Science, Nature, Environment, Experimenting
Young children learn by observing, investigating, predicting and reasoning through exploring things that capture their interest. They discover bugs, plants, gardening, animals, water, dirt, sand and begin to understand volume, weight, measurement and other maths concepts through experimentation.
Physically Active Play
When children participate in physically active play they are developing their large and small muscles and gain increasing control over their bodies and hand-eye coordination. They develop skills for throwing, catching, jumping, climbing, balancing. We are lucky at KIDSpace that each age group has their own large outdoor area.
Construction, Design, Carpentry
Develops a wide range of motor skills giving the child control over objects which requires manipulative skill. Construction is an introduction to maths concepts – shape, size, measurement, space.
Language and Literacy
Through the enjoyment of books and stories children extend their language and develop confidence to learn. KIDSpace offer a language print rich environment that exposes children to writing, story telling and exploring the world of make believe.
Manipulation – Maths, Numbers, Puzzles
Manipulative play develops fine motor skills with hand to eye coordination and enhances accuracy, precision and competence. Children learn shapes, size, sequences, and problem solving which all lead to mathematical skills gaining confidence and self esteem.
Creativity, Collage, Painting, Messy Play
Gives opportunities for children to make their own choices and express their feelings and ideas through their creative work. They learn new skills such as painting, gluing, sticking, taping, stapling, cutting and tearing, explore texture and design, experiment with different resources: paints, crayons, pencils, paper, cardboard.
Music and Movement
Allows children the opportunity to learn new ways of expressing feelings through voice and body. Harmony, melody and rhythm skills are encouraged and experimenting with instruments, music and songs. Local Librarians visit monthly and take Wriggle & Rhyme, Jump, Jive & Jingle classes, Yoga for kids and Story Time.
Specific learning of the social, cognitive, emotional and physical skills children need as they start school, to ensure they are ready to take on their next learning journey.
Our infants room provides a nurturing and caring ‘home away from home’ environment to ensure that children feel safe and secure in their own space, as they begin to explore and discover the world around them. The nursery also has its own outdoor play area.
We provide a space for our curious Toddlers within an intimate small group size. We support childhood learning with a curriculum that is developmentally appropriate and supportive of all children during this age of discovery and wonder.
Our Preschool space offers opportunities throughout the day for children to be involved in contributing to the curriculum. Teachers work alongside the children to set up an environment which is challenging, provides curiosity and active exploration.
Our Montessori centre caters for preschool children aged 3-5 years. The Montessori classroom is licenced for 30 children and adheres to the broad principles of Maria Montessori and Te-Whāriki, New Zealand’s Early childhood curriculum.
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We understand that your child’s education & care is a priority and that choosing the right centre can be a big decision. We would be delighted to share in your child’s learning journey. Feel welcome to contact us in whichever way is most convenient for you, or visit our centre and meet our Teaching Team!