Planning and books
Planning and evaluation of the programme takes place at our regular planning meetings.
The programme is planned and evaluated in conjunction with the principles of Te Whāriki, the Early Childhood Curriculum and is based on the Learning Story and Learning Note format. All facets of the programme are available for viewing.
Te Whāriki, meaning ‘the woven mat’, was chosen as the name for the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum framework because it represents the diversity of the early childhood sector.
We use the curriculum framework to weave our own whāriki with its own unique features.
This is our whāriki (what is unique and special about LUECC):
– Located at a land-based University, offering access to University resources, including the Recreation Centre. Our children attend weekly gym sessions and regular excursions on campus and the local community provides a weekly story time for the children at the library.
– The Centre accesses a wide range of resources, values, knowledge, personal and professional skills and diverse cultures of the parents/whānau who attend the University.
– Our rural setting enhances our commitment to environmental education. We are members of Enviroschools and the Envirotowns Trust.
LUECC has the unique opportunity of working in a highly multicultural community whilst being committed to biculturalism.
We aim to facilitate and resource children’s learning by providing a warm, loving and positive environment that is rich in natural resources. As educators, we encourage children to develop respect and value for our Tangata Whenua.
The special characteristics of teaching and learning are reflected in the documentation of children’s learning notes and learning stories, anecdotes, photographs, weekly emails, daily notebooks (for infants) and inquiry-based learning.
The effectiveness of teaching and learning is measured by each child’s voice, parents’ voices and the educators’ professional interpretation and assessment of children’s learning.
LUECC plans, implements and evaluates curriculum for all children in which their health is promoted, well-being is nurtured and they are kept safe from harm.
We provide opportunities for learning and development for each child, irrespective of gender, age, ability, ethnicity, or background. We encourage parent and child input in the programme.
The negotiated (emergent) curriculum and spontaneous play is valued in our day and is an important part of the daily programme.
Children are encouraged to share interests and knowledge from their home and community. Links to local community and family are encouraged by trips to University departments, places of parents’ work, the local library and places of interest suggested by whānau, children and staff.
Every child has a profile book which records their learning journey during their time at LUECC.
Teachers will write anecdotes, learning notes and learning stories about your child and these will appear in your child’s profile book.
You are welcome to take these home to read, contribute to them, and share them with your family. Whānau input is invaluable to these books, so feel free to contribute photos or stories about your child.
Each story also has a comments section at the bottom so that you can add your perspective. Sometimes stories link to things that have happened at home and it is always exciting for us to see where these interests have come from, and to share them with you.
We encourage families to cover their children’s profile book with photos or pictures. This gives children a sense of ownership and pride in their book (it also helps children to recognise their book).
Children can access their own books and we often spend time reading children’s profile books with them which helps them to develop a sense of who they are and a sense of pride in their accomplishments.