“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.”
Tree Town’s inclusive programme works within the framework of Te Whaariki-the National Curriculum.
The aspirations we have for our children are that they will become lifelong learners who are confident in mind, body and spirit, show respect for others, and have a connection with the natural world.
- Tree Town includes all children, with equitable opportunities for learning irrespective of gender, age, ability, ethnicity, or background.
- Te reo and tikanga Maori are integrated into our daily programme reflecting the bicultural nature of New Zealand and the importance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
- We have a ‘child centred’ play environment where children are encouraged to be problem solvers and explorers.
- Primary Care: A primary care system is in place and is based on our belief that it is important for the infants & toddlers to develop a secure attachment to a consistent and responsive carer.
- Teachers provide the tools and support that enable children to make choices and to recognise and appreciate their own ability to learn.
“Creating a positive climate for children’s learning and development”
- Our programme is play based with an emphasis on incorporating numeracy and literacy in ways that are meaningful to children.
- Programme planning is based on Te Whariki, children’s interests, urges, strengths and needs; and on the development of foundation skills.
- Our preschool has a ‘school readiness’ programme to help prepare children for more formal learning, which has links to the NZ school curriculum. (www.getreadyforschool.co.nz)
- We understand that acknowledging and validating children’s emotion is the most respectful and effective way to guide children as they learn acceptable way to act and interact. Our Social Compentency Policy incorporates the ‘Virtues programme’ which encourages children to take responsibility for their own actions.
- We have an excellent teacher:child ratio and a high percentage of registered teachers.
- Tree Town teachers are warm, caring, friendly and fun; have a sound knowledge of child development and learning; and are skilled at using ‘teachable moments’.
- Nutritious morning and afternoon teas are provided.
- Developing meaningful relationships with whānau/family and the local communityis important to us. Tree Town welcomes all families and whānau at any time. We encourage family/whānau participation and contribution in our Centre and to our curriculum.