Our teachers engage with children, we listen, observe, participate and respond to the child as they are engaged in play. This helps the child reach immediate and long-term goals.
Children will be given opportunities to be independent, responsible, and to undertake leadership roles within the group. Learning experiences in science, technology, literacy, art, mathematics and movement will be woven throughout the curriculum. We aim to prepare and empower children with the love of learning and to engage in self-help skills, to make the transition from early childhood education to primary school as smooth as possible.
Investigation Young children love to investigate. They enjoy learning about the world around them. When an interest develops in the classroom the children and teachers will plan and create a project. Using Te Whāriki: The New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, teachers integrate learning outcomes for children that focus on knowledge, skills, attitudes and dispositions. This method of teaching supports an in-depth study of a topic which builds on children’s natural curiosity and enabling children to interact, question, connect, problem-solve, communicate, reflect, and develop a deeper love of learning.
Nature Programme We have a Nature Programme which provides opportunities for children to make meaningful connections to nature. Across the road we have a reserve, a ‘special forest’ where we incorporate regular outings (spontaneous local walks). It is a place where children can be immersed and connected to the wonders of nature, to investigate the responsibilities we share with the planet and have fun learning in nature.
Te Reo Māori Apollo Kindergarten aim to provide children and teachers with opportunities to learn te reo Māori. This is about reinforcing our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and empowering children and teachers to develop an understanding of the relationship between te reo Māori and to reflect an authentic New Zealand identity.
Transition to School As children transition to school we aim to prepare and empower children with the love of learning by providing high quality teaching and learning experiences. Apollo Kindergarten is a member of Mid Bays Kāhui Ako Communities of Learning Cluster. Communities of Learning are groups of schools / kura that come together to create a greater collaboration across the schooling system and to raise achievement for all tamariki and young people by sharing expertise in teaching and learning.