Our curriculum aims to provide a stimulating education programme in a safe and loving environment.   

Our latest Education Review Office (ERO) report

Our approach to learning

We base our centre’s learning programme on the principles and strands of Te Whāriki (the New Zealand early childhood curriculum), along with up to date research and trends in early childhood education.

Learn about Te Whāriki on the Ministry of Education’s website.

Our Christian approach is interwoven with our teaching. Teachers encourage children to care for themselves, care for others and for God’s world. We recognise that we are all unique individuals. We respect our contextual cultres, abilities, and genders.

We encourage children to learn and develop according to their individual needs

Our programme is supported by individual and group observations of all children to find out what these needs are. We discuss children’s learning and development at staff and programme planning meetings. 

We aim to help our 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 (Ministry of Education (1996, pp.9).

We plan our programmes based on children’s interests and learning styles

Children have opportunities to discover, explore, question, wonder, and make comments. Teachers support the learning by offering explanations, resources and experiances. With this support, children’s knowledge and understanding of the world they live in develops.

More about our curriculum

Child's artwork from St Mary's Early Childhood Education Centre.

Daily programme
See what happens in our day.

Child drawing at St Mary's childcare centre.

Planning and recording
How we plan and record your child’s learning.