Teachers’ use of te reo Māori is naturally integrated in conversations and in giving directions. Children are developing an appreciation of te reo me ngā tikanga Māori.
Relationships among teachers, children and their parents/whānau are characterised by warmth, respect and reciprocity. Teachers place high value on whānau participation and appreciate what they can contribute to centre life.
Teachers are skilled at building on children’s ideas and extending their vocabulary through sustained and meaningful conversations. Open-ended questioning promotes higher order thinking and risk taking.
Parents are valued partners in the centre. They are kept well informed about centre provisions, are consulted during policy reviews, and are invited to share cultural knowledge and home languages.
Christian values and positive relationships underpin the welcoming centre environment. Children arrive eager to engage in play and connect with their friends.
Teachers actively encourage children to extend their learning. They ask open-ended questions that prompt children to think, negotiate and explore new ideas for play.
The preschool caters for a multicultural community. Teachers celebrate this diversity and encourage children to respect the languages and culture of others.
Children and parents are warmly welcomed into an interesting and well prepared centre. The centre environment supports children’s curiosity and independence.
Babies and toddlers up to the age of two years demonstrate a strong sense of wellbeing and belonging. Teachers are responsive and sensitive to their needs and provide nurture, support and familiar daily routines
Relationships between teachers and children are respectful and responsive to children’s need for education and care. Teachers have well-developed strategies to ensure daily care routines are used to promote meaningful learning.