OLIVE TREE CARE AND EDUCATION

Our Learning Programme

OUR PROGRAMME IS BASED ON AN EMERGENT TE WHĀRIKI CURRICULUM.

We provide a balanced programme with a combination of routine and flexibility, teacher-directed and child-initiated play and projects. Our skilled teachers ensure learning moments are seen as fun and seamlessly interweave these through your child’s day.

Te Whāriki is the Ministry of Education early childhood education curriculum, which focuses on the holistic way in which children learn. It is founded on the following aspirations 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.”

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WE DOCUMENT YOUR CHILD’S LEARNING IN PERSONALISED LEARNING STORIES

Learning Stories are the main form of assessment that we use to document children’s learning here at Olive Tree Care and Education.

This approach to assessment was developed from extensive research carried out by Professor Margaret Carr from Waikato University on learning narratives.  Learning stories are used widely throughout early childhood centres in New Zealand and the Ministry of Education endorses this method of assessment.

The Learning Stories process is also closely linked to the New Zealand early childhood curriculum document, Te Whāriki.

As teachers we notice what children are doing and recognize the learning that is happening for the child as they do these things.  While not all the learning we recognize will be documented, some of it will.

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A Learning Story is a story about a child’s learning.

Learning Stories are written on a credit-based model, where the focus is on what children ‘can do’ rather than what the children ‘can’t do’. As Learning Stories are written, the strengths and interests of the child become even more evident.

There are usually three parts to a learning story.

  • The actual story about the child’s learning.
  • An analysis that highlights the learning that is happening for the child.
  • What next? The opportunities and possibilities for the child to develop their strengths and interests further.

Learning stories can have multiple perspectives:

  • The teacher’s voice
  • The child’s voice
  • The parent’s/whānau’s voice

When analyzing what learning is happening for the children, we consider the the child’s physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual development. We  also place a large focus on the child’s learning dispositions.

We are interested in noting and recording positive examples of your child:

  • Taking an interest
  • Being involved
  • Persisting with difficulty
  • Expressing an idea or a feeling
  • Taking responsibility

Your child’s Learning Stories will be collated into a personalised portfolio booklet, which we encourage you to look at with your child on a regular basis. Children love sharing what they have learnt with you and your involvement and conversation about the Learning Stories deepens the learning experience for your child.

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Children have many opportunities to explore and pursue their interests. There is a good balance of teacher and child-initiated learning and play.

OLIVE TREE EDUCATION AND CARE, ERO REPORT 2016

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Why Choose Olive Tree Education and Care?

WE HAVE  A BIG HEART FOR CHILDREN. We honour each child as a gift to be discovered and developed. Our passion as educators is to nourish, nurture, affirm and encourage each child in his or her uniqueness. Read more
WE WELCOME PARENT INVOLVEMENT.  Our door is always open. We believe that parents are the primary educators and we count it a privilege to partner with and support you in that important role. Parents/whanau are very welcome to be involved in our daily programme at any time. Read more
OUR MALE HEAD TEACHER RUNS AN EXCITING LEARNING PROGRAMME.  This is a centre where boys can be boys and girls can do anything! We run a fun and stimulating programme with lots of hands-on adventures for active kids. Read more
OUR BABIES & TODDLERS UNIT IS SPACIOUS AND NURTURING.  Families love that our space is double that of many centres. Our teachers have years of experience behind them and especially love working with the under 3’s children.  Read more
OUR CHRISTIAN VALUES CREATE A LOVING ENVIRONMENT. We have a heart-felt and faith-filled desire to respect, accept, nurture, support and affirm your child. It is our privilege to enjoy their uniqueness, to develop their gifts and talents and to bring them into a positive experience of God’s love. Read more