Ruahine Kindergartens

Te Whāriki

Kindergarten learning is child initiated, supported by the teacher. The Ministry of Education’s curriculum, Te Whāriki, underpins a wide range of educational experiences and opportunities. This early childhood curriculum has been specifically designed for children from the time of birth to school entry, providing direct links to learning in school settings.

Te Whāriki 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.

The woven mat of Te Whāriki has four principles and five curriculum strands that weave a programme of learning for children. Learning outcomes have been developed for each goal in each of the strands, forming an integrated foundation for every child’s development.

Water Play
Water Play

With the weather getting warmer, water play activities are gaining increasing popularity with our kindergarten children. Water entices and encourages exploratory play, where children can work at any level, whether it’s alone or alongside others. Water troughs under sheltered decks and shade sails are filled with containers, funnels, sieves, plastic bottles and watering cans.

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Building sustainable communities
Building sustainable communities

Our natural surroundings provide an abundance of learning opportunities on a daily basis. Exploring the environment through natural science not only extends physical development; it provides hands on opportunities to create healthy, resilient and sustainable kindergarten communities. Bulls, Linton and Roslyn Kindergartens recently joined the Enviroschools programme.

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Playing with dough
Playing with dough

Without a doubt, a popular early childhood activity that has stood the test of time is playdough. Place some in front of a young child and you’ll quickly see that the play is purposeful and the learning is child initiated. What might start as a simple smooth and colourful ball may soon become a cake, crocodile, or car. Children develop their ideas as they play.

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Volunteering, more than a feel good factor.
Volunteering, more than a feel good factor.

This week, for National Volunteer Week, we wish to salute those in our community who help our children in a variety of ways. Ruahine Kindergartens is a large not for profit early childhood education provider within the wider region, whose 24 kindergartens are funded by the Ministry of Education on a per-child, per-hour basis.

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Best start for kindy kids
Best start for kindy kids

Last week saw Broadway Ave come to life with graduate processions and proud whanāu looking on. Graduation Day is reward for the culmination of years’ of study in a specialised area.

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Celebrating the generation gap
Celebrating the generation gap

You don’t have to look too hard to see just how much fun children and grandparents have in each other’s company. There’s often delight in the smallest of things and mutual patience as the young one asks numerous questions while the elder may take their time replying. Valuable for both is the sense of worth and the shared learning.

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Maths in action
Maths in action

When you hear the word numeracy you might think of your school years and the emphasis on getting mathematical equations right or wrong. Yet look around you, numeracy is found everywhere and used for everything. From understanding directions, reading maps, categorising items, making purchases, to calculating volume, for cooking, and so much more.

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Lifelong love of literacy
Lifelong love of literacy

Literacy is a term parents will hear often during their child’s education. In its simplest definition literacy means the ability to read and write. Dig a bit further though and you soon realise its far more than picking up a book or crayon.

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Role playing more than child's play
Role playing more than child's play

If you’ve been treated to a young child ‘pouring’ you an imaginary ‘cup of tea’, then you’ve been lucky enough to witness pretend play. Exploration and creative thinking, through make-believe scenarios, help develop vital intellectual and emotional skills and is fundamental in early childhood education.

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Music and the feel good factor
Music and the feel good factor

From ‘Twinkle Twinkle’ to the latest rock ballad, it’s not the song choice or the quality of your singing that is important, it’s the interaction that gets children’s brainwaves humming.

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