|ABOVE: Back row: Janeen, Michelle and Jo Front row: Lisa, Jo (Head Teacher) and Carol |
About Us and Our ProgrammeManaia Kindergarten is a place where children are encouraged to learn with and alongside others. Manaakitanga, (hospitality and generosity) tuakeina/teina (older brother/older sister) relationships and the principle of ako (teaching and learning together) are encouraged and supported. Children also develop social skills, become team players and develop a sense of fun!
We are responsive to the interests and needs of the children and feel that forming partnerships with parents, caregivers and extended families is always in their best interests.
We use the natural environment as much as possible for learning which provides for a variety of interesting individual and group interests (e.g. insect life).
A successful aspect of our learning programme is special feature days which teachers and children work to implement.
We are committed to:
Learning through a variety of means with children’s interests as the starting point;
Children’s exploration, investigation and discovery;
Helping develop children’s social skills;
Children trying new things;
Children being creative, using their imagination and having fun;
Children experiencing situations that have meaning for them;