At EduKids Papatoetoe community matters to us. We thrive on collaboration with our whanau/families and the wider community. We believe in learning through socialisation. Our children work and play in mixed age groups. We practice Tua Kana Tenei, where older children help the younger ones and younger children can learn from their peers.
Collectivism is our way. We support each individual child’s uniqueness whilst guiding children in developing their uniqueness to contribute towards common goals. Being a part of a wider culture mean a lot to us. We have educators from varied cultural backgrounds; Samoan, Cook Island, Indian, European, Chinese and Fijian. We are proud to be able to use different language to maintain open and effective communication with our multi cultured families.
Teaching and Learning
Teaching and learning to us is about knowing the world so we know how to learn new things. The national curriculum framework Te Whāriki is our guiding document for our teaching and learning. We see ourselves as a beautiful whāriki/mat weaved with multilingual and multi-cultural learners and educators. Adding to this is our multifaceted vision of empowering the children and their families, empowering the educators and everyone involved so all can contribute towards making our vision a reality through creativity, imaginations, playfulness, aroha/love, respect and a strong sense of responsibility towards each other.
We see each child as a great gift to our centre. Our educators cherish every moment to be able to learn with these amazing children with all their intelligences and uniqueness. We see our children as valuable source of knowledge and inspiration as they present us with new challenges every day to make our life exciting. To do this our centre is divided into six different sections where we can meet the needs of our children according to their ability and age.
Harakeke Room (Infants)
This is our space for the very youngest. Educators in Harakeke room follow a primary caregiving approach to ensure our very young learners are challenged while wrapped up in love based on our very best knowledge about them. Here we follow the child’s lead in organising their daily routine. We make learning exciting with a range of age appropriate learning opportunities presented during and while caring for the young babies.
Kowhai Room (Toddlers)
This is our space for the toddlers; this group of children could range from 18 months to 2.5 (or so). The team of educators here are always prepared to take on the challenges the toddler age group presents them with, as their emerging physical skills put them in the height of their curiosity. A variety of physical play experiences which is build up on a gradually increasing level of expertise is provided within a warm responsive boundary of socially acceptable behaviour and actions.
Pohutukawa Room (2.5 – 3.5 years old)
This is our space for the group of learners which is from 2.8 to 3.5 years. Our focus is about helping learners to explore vigorously and learn to develop understanding of the physical, social, and natural world around them. A rich variety of wonderful educational and natural resources are presented carefully to evoked curiosity and risk-taking among the children. The educators in this room maintain a strong focus on supporting children to develop self-help and interpersonal skills.
Kea Room (3-4 years old)
This room is well equipped with a variety of amazing resources and a beautifully designed playground. Kea room can cater to children of age ranging from 3 to 4 years old. The team of educators in Kea room is always busy in supporting their children’s learning by providing for opportunities where children can pursue their interest in meaningful ways. Creativity and celebrations have always been highlight of our learning strategy in Kea room allowing our children to learn differences as things to celebrate.
Pukeko Room (3.5-4 years old)
The Pukeko room has a very well managed and well-designed physical set up. The age of the children in this room can vary from 3.5 to 4 and up to 5 years. In Pukeko room the team of educators strive to accentuate relationship building as a significant focus of our children’s learning. Pacifica ways of learning has been a highlight of Pukeko room. The team of educators work with the children to support their learning through interest based projects so children can explore concepts in depth.
Tui room (4-5 years old)
Tui is our oldest group of children from 4 to 5 years of age with a small group of children. There is a strong focus on helping children to learn self-help skills in Tui room. Children are encouraged to use verbal language to ask for help when needed. Language, literacy and mathematics learning is consistently supported through a wide variety of play based learning experiences. Children are supported to learn and remain in their work for a period until they finish their work.
We’re excited to offer our families access to Storypark e-portfolios. They are a great way to keep up to date with what your child is doing while at the centre. You can log in to check out photos of them and comment on their activities. Click here for more information.