Curriculum

Our Curriculum

New Shoots centres are about far more than child care. We’re here to partner with you on your child’s learning journey and ensure it’s a joyful, fruitful one. When children are secure and happy, they learn and flourish to their full potential. 

 

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Celebrate the magic of play

Our well-prepared, diverse curriculum, encompassing Te Whāriki (our New Zealand Early Childhood Education curriculum), blossoms in our beautiful, nature-rich environments under the guidance of well-trained kaiako and most importantly, plenty of play. 

Learning comes to life through our carefully designed curriculum inspired by play, nature, and the diversity of our communities.

A life-long love of learning

Taking a unique, holistic approach to children’s learning and development is something we’re proud of. Problem-solving, determination, and empathy are interwoven with the essential building blocks of literacy and numeracy. 

Meaningful experiences and relationships flourish within the context of children’s families, culture, and community. Effective assessment and evaluation practices inform our planning, which creates an environment that’s positive, inclusive, and responsive to each child.

Encourage a life-long love of learning​

Our goal is to encourage a life-long love of learning and we facilitate this through open ended play. As children discover the magic in learning at this early age, they’re set up to seek out and enjoy opportunities to learn as they head towards school and beyond. The educational theories that are important to us and form the basis of our curriculum delivery at New Shoots include:

Our curriculum

Te Whāriki

The New Zealand Early Childhood Education curriculum. Foreword. All children are born with immense potential. Quality early learning helps our children begin.

Howard Gardner’s ‘Theory of Multiple Intelligences’.

Gardner theorizes that people do not have just an intellectual capacity, but have many kinds of intelligence, including musical, interpersonal, spatial-visual, and linguistic intelligences

Pikler/ RIE

The principles of Pikler and RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) Philosophies.

Children’s schema identification

Based on the work of Athey (1990) and researched in New Zealand by Meade and Cubey (1996), is used as a tool to extend and develop children’s thinking.

Building intellectual dispositions

Extended project work with older children is encouraged, based on the writings of Helm and Katz (2001) with the aim of identifying and building on children’s intellectual dispositions.

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Te Whāriki

The New Zealand Early Childhood Education curriculum. Foreword. All children are born with immense potential. Quality early learning helps our children begin.

Howard Gardner’s ‘Theory of Multiple Intelligences’.

Gardner theorizes that people do not have just an intellectual capacity, but have many kinds of intelligence, including musical, interpersonal, spatial-visual, and linguistic intelligences

Pikler/ RIE

The principles of Pikler and RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) Philosophies.

Children’s schema identification

Based on the work of Athey (1990) and researched in New Zealand by Meade and Cubey (1996), is used as a tool to extend and develop children’s thinking.

Building intellectual dispositions

Extended project work with older children is encouraged, based on the writings of Helm and Katz (2001) with the aim of identifying and building on children’s intellectual dispositions.

Thinking of enrolling?​

Contact the centre of your choice – email or give us a call. We can answer any questions you have, let you know availability for your child’s age group, and send you an enrolment form.

The best way to find out if we’re the right centre for you is by seeing it for yourself. Please come in for a visit, we’d love to meet you. If you want to read more about New Shoots, please download our parent handbook.

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Start your child’s journey

Enrolment Conditions

New Shoots operates as a full day service and do not offer short days or sessions;
Our fees include high quality teacher ratios above Ministry of Education Standards;
Minimum enrolment is two days per week; A $50 enrolment fee will be due upon enrolment to confirm your place;
Two weeks notice is required when terminating enrolment; 10% discount is applicable to your eldest child’s fees if you have two or more children attending New Shoots full time;
Nappies and food are provided; and Formula is not provided – this must be brought in from home if required. 

To be read in conjunction with the Fee Policy.
Fees effective from 1st April 2022.