At Dynamic Kids we follow the New Zealand curriculum Te Whaariki that is underpinned by four broad principles:
Empowerment – Children will be empowered to learn and grow.
Holistic Development – Children learn and grow in a holistic way. Children’s intellectual, social, cultural, physical, emotional and spiritual learning is interwoven across all experiences.
Family & Community – A child’s family and community are recognised as part of the learning experience.
Relationships – Children learn through positive relationships with people, places and things.
Woven into these principles are five strands with branching goals for each.
Mana Atua – Well-being
Mana Tangata – Contribution
Mana Whenua – Belonging
Mana Reo – Communication
Mana Aoturoa – Exploration
These principles and strands are implemented through our teachers, weaving them through the daily programme, allowing us to focus on supporting your child on their unique journey to becoming a confident and competent learner.
We recommend you become familiar with our curriculum to help you develop a greater understanding of your child’s learning and development and to help you collaborate with your child and the teachers throughout your child’s time with Dynamic Kids. This will also help you to identify learning happening at home that you can share with your child’s teachers.
Complementing this curriculum is a Reggio Emilia inspired philosophy, which we believe promotes positive learning outcomes for the children in our care. Reggio Emilia values the natural development of children and the close relationships that they share with the environment.
Children are seen as knowledge bearers, full of curiosity and a natural drive to learn. Children are believed to be capable of constructing their own methods of researching and developing working theories for the world around them, through hands on learning opportunities.
The way the environment is presented is very important to the learning process, and is seen as the third teacher. Natural resources, plants, use of “real” resources and thought provoking set ups are all key features of the environment, complimented by beautiful displays of children’s work designed to inform and engage the viewer.
The partnership between parents and teachers is considered to be an important aspect of education following the Reggio Emilia approach. Parents are viewed as partners, collaborators and advocates for their children.
The teacher is considered a co-learner and collaborator with the child. Teachers encourage children’s learning through well planned learning experiences based on children’s interests and dispositions. They ask meaningful questions and actively engage in activities alongside the children.
Incorporated into this are long-term projects used as vehicles for learning. These include real-life problem solving among peers with endless opportunities for creative thinking and exploration. Reggio teachers use “The Hundred Languages of Children”, which means they provide children different avenues for thinking, revisiting, constructing, negotiating, developing and symbolically expressing their thoughts and feelings.