We focus on five main areas:
Books and reading
Literacy is a skill which unlocks all the other subjects in your child’s future learning. We nurture a love of books and reading by telling stories, singing songs, reading aloud and a whole range of other play-based strategies. We have a dedicated reading corner where children and teachers congregate to enjoy reading together.
Most of our teaching staff are bilingual or multilingual, and our teaching emphasises English, Mandarin, and Maori.
You can teach someone to read at eighty, but if they haven’t discovered how to make (and keep) a friend by the age of eight, they likely never will. At Red Kite Preschool we use the Virtues Project https://virtuesproject.com/homepage.html to help children acquire qualities such as honesty, courtesy, kindness and courage which will help them all their lives, in their relationships with family, friends and colleagues, and as they learn to aim for and achieve their goals.
Science At Red Kite
We make deliberate use of maths and science language in our everyday activities. We encourage our children to count, sort, measure and observe. We foster curiosity and a sense of adventure as our children explore. To facilitate this, we provide plenty of resources for them to access at will.
So many children are growing up without the chance to experience the outdoors. We use the Forest Kindergarten philosophy to make excursions outside the centre to parks and the local community. Back at our "home base" the children can experience the satisfaction of caring for our gardens and centre pets.