Our programme is underpinned by our teaching philosophy, the Ministry of Education’s Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whāriki and current research theory.

Te Whāriki (the mat) 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 the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society.

It weaves the principles of:

Whakamana – Empowerment: The early childhood curriculum empowers the child to learn and grow.

Kotahitanga – Holistic Development: The early childhood curriculum reflects the holistic way children learn and grow.

Whānau Tangata – Family & Community: The wider world of family and community is an integral part of the early childhood curriculum.

Ngā Hononga – Relationships: Children learn through responsive and reciprocal relationships with people, places, and things.

At Wadestown Crèche, our children have access to a range of play experiences throughout the session. These experiences are chosen to enhance interests of the group or areas identified from assessment of individual children.

Assessment for Children 
A brief evaluation of the interests, strengths and needs of all children occurs at the end of each session. This contributes to the planning and documentation of your children’s learning and development. 

Each child has their own portfolio which contains documentation of their learning and development during their time at crèche.  The portfolios are enhanced by contribution from their family. The parent’s contribution to their portfolios enables teachers to gain a greater understanding your child, and your aspirations for them. They provide a rich record of their learning and development during their time at crèche.