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At Newton Street we are inspired by the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum Te Whᾱriki which is underpinned by sociocultural theories. The Principles and Strands of Te Whᾱriki are embedded and weaved throughout our practices and routines ensuring positive learning outcomes for all our children and whᾱnau. Our teachers learn alongside the children in a credit-based environment wrapped around our children’s interests. Aligning our practices alongside Tᾱtaiako, Whanaungatanga and implementing a Te Ao Mᾱori cultural view ensures identity, language and culture is recognised, and valued.
We will endeavour to identify and meet the aspirations of parents and how they wish for teachers and the centre environment to meet the holistic and educational needs of their children.
The following quote from Te Whᾱriki (Early Childhood Curriculum – page 5) sums up our goals for the children who attend the centre.
To become confident, competent learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit. Secure in their sense of belonging and secure in the knowledge that they make a contribution to society.