At Apples at Home Childcare we encourage children to learn, grow and develop through a diverse educational programme within a home environment designed to uncover the potential within each child.
Apples at Home Childcare program is based on the New Zealand National Early Childhood Curriculum Te Whariki.
The curriculum 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”
We follow Te Whariki principles in that we believe children learn & grow best when;
- they are empowered ~ Whakamana
- a holistic approach is taken ~ Kotahitanga
- family and community are involved ~ Whànau Tangata
- relationships with people, places and things are encouraged ~ Ngà Hononga
We follow the five main strands of learning:
- Wellbeing ~ Mana Atua
- Belonging ~ Mana Whenua
- Communication ~ Mana Reo
- Contribution ~ Mana Tangata
- Exploration ~ Mana Aotùroa
It is the combination of these principles and strands which form the framework for the curriculum at Apples at Home Childcare.
The term “curriculum” is used in this document to describe the sum total of the experiences, activities, and events, whether direct or indirect, which occur within an environment designed to foster children’s learning and development. These experiences happen all day, everyday and learning can be incorporated into anything and everything the children do.
At Apples at Home Childcare we integrate daily home life with care and education and our Educators expectations are of the highest standard. We know that each child learns, grows and develops in their own way, so we plan for developmental appropriate activities. We utilise interactions children have with others in their daily routine, structured learning plans & child-initiated activities.
Children’s Record of Learning
At Apples at Home Childcare, each child has their own Portfolio and/or a “Care Book” that is a record of their time and learning while in care.
This portfolio is a collection of stories, pictures, artwork and memories of your child’s time here at Apples. This portfolio contains information about how your child is growing and developing during their time at Apples.
Your child’s portfolio is for you to share with you and your family and we encourage you to contribute with stories, photos and pictures too. This gives us an insight of what your child enjoys at home and enables us to build on all of their experiences which they have.
Your child’s work in their portfolios link to the strands and goals of Te Whariki – New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum and can often be seen evident in children’s dispositions for example, when they show courage , curiosity, interest, perseverance, confidence and responsibility.
Below is a chart of how the Strands of Te Whariki and dispositions link
Carr, M. (1998) Assessing children’s experiences in early childhood settings. Wellington (New Zealand Council for Educational Research)
What are they?
Dispositions are habits of mind that we develop. They are our ways of making sense of and acting in the world. Some dispositions help us to be effective learners. In learning together we have identified that the dispositions of being curious, resourceful, communicative. cooperative, purposeful and persistent and courageous are important for effective learning.
What do dispositions look like?
Dispositions will look different for each child, and will change as children grow and develop.
Some ways children might show these dispositions are:
When a child is curious they might: reach out, try new things, ask questions, investigate or explore ideas.
When a child is resourceful they might: make the most of what is available, seek outsources of help, transfer learning to new situations or try new ideas.
When a child is communicative they might: respond to others, practice ways of communicating, initiate and maintain communication.
When a child is cooperative they might: accept and take part in routines, work together with others, follow the lead of another child or adult, or show a sense of others needs.
When a child is purposeful and persistent they might: stick at activities, try a range of options, show determination or work towards a set goal.
When a child is courageous they might: take a chance, try new things, overcome challenges or cope with change.
How can I help my child develop dispositions for learning?
Children develop their dispositions from everyday interactions and experiences. Adults have an important role in fostering these dispositions. Some of the ways parents can help this happen are by:
- Being close to your child and showing them that you are interested in them and what they are doing.
- Watching and listening to your child try to work out their own solutions before you provide help.
- Being aware that children learn from all your actions and responses.
- Playing and learning with your child.
- Providing opportunities for your child to make decisions.
- Listening and respecting your child’s ideas and preferences.
- Talking to your child about things you are both interested in.
You have a special role in helping your child develop learning dispositions because you are the one that knows your child and their world best.