Te Papapa Preschool prides itself on having knowledgeable and experienced kaiako who deliver a programme based on New Zealand’s Early Childhood Curriculum Te Whariki. We believe that children learn best when they are given a beautiful well resourced environment and plenty of opportunities to help develop the skills they need in their lives. Here at our Preschool we focus on a child’s natural urges to lead their own discoveries and learning and focus on kindness as a curriculum and how we can support children’s developing social competence.
Te Whariki emphasises strong relationships and the partnerships between kaiako, tamarki and whānau. Our Kaiako at Te Papapa Preschool weave a holistic curriculum in response to children’s interests and ideas, and whanau aspirations to ensure that children 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.
Here at Te Papapa Preschool, kaiako aim to support all children to develop an understanding and appreciation of New Zealand’s bi-cultural heritage through the acknowledgement of Māori as Tangata Whenua. Kaiako consistently use Te Reo Māori and commit to the ongoing journey of learning about, and, ways in which they can continue to respect and acknowledge the aspirations of parents, family, and whānau of both treaty partners.
At the same time, Kaiako will also be responsive to the different cultures of the families of the children attending and help each child gain a positive awareness of their own and other cultures through a Curriculum supported by Management that develops and enhances the cultural competencies for Māori, Pasifika and all children.
We believe we have strong authentic Bi-Cultural practices and use Peace and Respect as core values when building real, long lasting relationships with those around us, ensuring everyone feels a strong sense of identity and creating pathways for children to be leaders in their own world.
Our Tuakana / Teina approach means children learn with and alongside others. This means all the skills and knowledge that has been taught at home is being shared with those in our centre. Te Papapa Preschool acknowledges whanau as a child’s first teacher and works with you to provide positive learning outcomes that suit the individuality of each person that comes into our care.
Our Curriculum has been intentionally weaved to acknowledge and make special considerations for Kindness as a Curriculum, Growing Social Competence, The Individual child and the aspirations/goals that their whānau have and is built on by the current and ever growing, unique understanding of the kaiako who implement it.