2 to 5 Years

  • Philosophy - Butterflies (2.5 to 5 years)

    In Butterflies, children are encouraged to learn through their individual experiences and from group activities. We believe that children learn naturally through play and we aim to foster each child’s social, physical, intellectual and cultural wellbeing. Our programme follows Te Whaariki the National Early Childhood Curriculum document which aims to ensure that children:

    "Grow up as confident, competent learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valuable contribution".

    Children are affirmed as individuals and have equitable opportunity to explore and enjoy their learning environment. Our programme provides an environment for creative expression and self-help skills are developed in a child initiated environment supported by educators. We see children as individuals and support their holistic development and needs.  We recognise the importance of a safe secure environment, where children are able to experience a balance of routines, familiar experiences, as well as stimulating challenges.

    Children are encouraged to develop social skills and understand the dynamics of group relationships. Attributes such as confidence, respect, responsibility and belonging are fostered.

    Positive social relationships are formed between children, educators, parents and family. We value a real partnership with families and Whanau, where parents and caregivers are encouraged to be involved in their child’s learning through regular communication, both formal and informal. 

  • Programme

    At Kindy Cottage we follow an Emergent Curriculum when planning learning experiences for the children. In Butterflies the children's interests are observed and experiences are provided to extend their learning in those areas of interest. 

    The children learn through spontaneous and play activities such as painting, water play, carpentry, messy play, play dough, and playing in the outdoor area. Organised learning activities are part of the daily programme and include art, baking, memory games, music and drama, games, puzzles, patterns, and activities to develop fine and gross motor skills. Positive social interactions are encouraged and fostered such as turn taking, sharing and role modelling. 

    Throughout the day, children are able to choose the experiences they wish to be involved in. We also have set times during the day for structured group experiences.

  • School Readiness Programme

    The School Room Programme is an extension programme for four year olds to assist children's readiness for school. This programme focuses primarily on early literacy and numeracy. Self help skills are also emphasised so that children are able to be as independent as possible when they start school. The skills include tasks such as tying shoes, dressing, keeping belongings together, turn taking, listening, following instructions, and personal organisation skills.

    Children are involved in individual and group exercises: science experiments, baking, seriation (e.g. maths concepts, size, shape, colour etc), recognising numbers/ letters, writing names, memory games, nature hikoi, music & drama, news sharing, fine motor skills and games, puzzles and patterns.

    Each child has a scrap book which is used for writing and collation of their learning activities. At Kindy Cottage we use learning portfolios to record each child's learning and development, this is available in both hard copy and securely online through Educa. 

  • Two to Five Years