Definition

1. The curriculum is everything the child experiences in an environment designed to foster learning and development.

2. The curriculum includes all interactions, activities, and events whether direct, indirect, planned, or spontaneous.

 

Requirements 

1. The curriculum is consistent with the national early childhood education curriculum document titled Te Whāriki, which guides the centre to include:

  • The holistic way children learn and grow.
  • What is important to children, families, staff, and the community.
  • Empowering and respecting children as competent learners.
  • Developing reciprocal and responsive relationships.

 

2. The curriculum is informed by documented and undocumented assessment, planning, and evaluation that show understanding of mokopuna/children’s learning, interests, whānau/family and life contexts.

 

3. The curriculum supports children’s learning and development by:

  • Being inclusive and responsive to children as confident and competent learners.
  • Respecting children’s preferences and involving them in decisions about learning experiences.
  • Providing a language-rich environment (e.g. art, drama, math, technology, movement, print, and music, etc).
  • Providing a range of opportunities to extend learning and development both indoors and outdoors, individually and in groups.

 

4. Adults/whānau provide positive learning opportunities, care, and education by:

  • Interacting meaningfully building positive, mutual relationships that enhance learning.
  • Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of practices and theories of mokopuna/child learning and development.
  • Respecting and acknowledging parent and family/whānau aspirations for their mokopuna/child.

 

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