Oratia Kindergarten has an emphasis on creating opportunities for children to lead and explore their own learning. We have outdoor areas that provide moments for children to play, discover, and experience physical challenges. There are also spaces for quiet play.
We are committed to our philosophy:
- Supporting children to develop positive attitudes, skills and knowledge, guided by the principles and goals of Te Whariki.
- Building responsive reciprocal relationships/whanaungatanga our children, their whanau, and our local and wider community.
- Valuing and respecting the diversity of all cultures while validating the Treaty of Waitangi and incorporating bicultural practices within our daily programme.
- Encouraging children to respect themselves, others and the world around them within an inclusive, stimulating and safe environment that encompasses sustainable practices.
- Teachers acting to deepen children’s knowledge, understanding and skills through play, in a fun learning environment, that follows the children’s interests.
- Empowering children by giving them opportunities to be advocates for their own learning. Through these experiences they are able to develop resilience, self help skills and take responsibility for themselves and their learning.
At Oratia Kindergarten we value cohesive partnerships between teachers, children, parents and whãnau and the local community. We have developed a strong relationship with Oratia District Primary School and delight in our visits to its school library, classrooms, and hall for invited events. This also helps support children’s confidence as they transition into school.
Our Head Teacher is an ECE representative for Communites of Learning – Kāhui Ako. ‘This is a group of education and training providers that form around children and young people’s learning pathways, and work together to help them achieve their full potential’ – https://www.education.govt.nz/communities-of-learning.
A shared focus between our Kindergarten and Oratia District Primary School are our teaching practices of sustainability and helping children foster nature and sustainable living. We thoroughly enjoy our visits to the school’s garden-to-table programme which is ‘all about learning how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal food’.
We are proud to be part of the Enviroschools programme and children are actively engaged in learning ways to protect and preserve our environment. Children and whãnau participate in litterless lunchboxes, recycling, composting, feeding our worm farm and watering gardens from our newly installed grey water tanks. Planting and harvesting from our own vegetable garden is thoroughly enjoyed as well as growing the tallest sunflower from seed.
At our kindergarten the teachers are dedicated to, and passionate about, early childhood education. We enjoy helping children foster nature and sustainable living and creating opportunities for children to lead and explore their own learning. Quality learning programmes are based on the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whãriki.
We look forward to welcoming you soon.