At apples, we encourage children to learn, grow and develop through a diverse nature education programme designed to uncover the potential within each child. We believe that children develop through their interactions with the adults in their lives, their peers and the environment in which they are involved with.
We are inspired by RIE, Pikler and Reggio approaches to early learning. These practises blend together nicely. They all follow the childs lead in their learning, play and development and are very focused on respect for the child as well as the environment. We believe that all children accomplish milestones and learning in their own way.
We value the connection of relationships, the environment and learning. We encourage children to approach new challenges with confidence and creativity. We love our Natural Environment and understand the responsibility and contribution that we all share by learning within it. Children are aware of routines, and explore and a variety of planned and spontaneous experiences. Children are encouraged to take risks, problem solve and enjoy uninterrupted play.
We aim for the children to be happy and secure in the knowledge that they can make a mess, explore and generate ideas. We provide children with quiet spaces to allow them time to think about the learning that has been taking place within the centre and to explore their own ideas about this learning.
apples program is based on the New Zealand National Early Childhood Curriculum Te Whariki. We follow Te Whariki principles in that we believe children learn & grow best when:
- they are empowered
- a holistic approach is taken
- family and community are involved
- relationships with people, places and things are encouraged
We follow the five main strands of learning:
It is the combination of these principles and strands which form the framework for the curriculum at apples.
We operate under the guidelines of the New Zealand Early Childhood curriculum Te Whariki, and always ensure procedures and curriculum are reviewed to provide positive learning outcomes for children. We have an experienced, close teaching team who are passionate about the care and education of the children, alongside a supportive management team to guide and mentor them.
The children are encouraged by our teachers who are employed for their high standard of training in early childhood education and care as well as their personal qualities. At apples, we aim to maintain excellent staff to child ratios above the government regulations. Teachers wear the apples apparel for easy identification.
Teachers are passionate about working with children. They welcome parents into the centre and engage children in conversation. Teachers are increasingly encouraging children to take more responsibility for their learning and promote children’s confidence to make decisions. They are approachable and enjoy positive conversations with children and their families
Food & Nutrition
At apples, our cooks provide well balanced and nutritious meals & snacks for the children. The menu has been designed in collaboration with a nutritionist and is regularly rotated for variety. We have nut and egg free centres. If your child has any special dietary requirements or concerns, we can discuss these with you.
apples has separate areas for different age groups & development stages. Each area has spaces for rest time and also easy access to a natural inside and outside environment. Throughout early childhood, play is the tool for learning. It provides the context for trial and error as well as enabling us to practice and master physical skills, consolidate language, work though our understandings of the world and to increasingly manage the complexity of social and emotional aspects of their day to day lives.
“Play is the highest form of research” (Albert Einstein)
We believe that play is fundamental to young children’s development. Children learn through play; it enhances their cognitive, social and emotional development, eases their tensions and enables them to master conflicts or anxieties.
At apples, we pride ourselves on supporting the tamariki to be ready for school and life long learning. Apples Childcare and Learning Centre promotes Play Based Learning (PBL). A lot of schools are moving towards this style of learning in the younger years in recognition of the fact that children learn best through play. School Readiness happens in a fun and an interactive way, we believe that by providing them with school readiness skills that we will lay a foundation for their future learning. The key headings used at our centre to support school readiness link in nicely with that of the primary school:
- Managing Own Self
- Participating and Contributing
- Relating to Others
- Using Language, Symbols and Text
For more please see our School Readiness page