What does that mean to you and your child?
Red Kite Preschool follows the Reggio Emilia tradition, based on philosophies from a town in Italy which has become world-famous for its approach to early education.
Because we view children as strong, capable and curious, our teachers work hard to understand what it is that the children are interested in and want to learn. This results in “projects” which can go on for a long time as children continue to discover and explore within a topic that interests them. Recently we've been celebrating Matariki with art and stories and learning about the solar system. We learned about how planets go around the sun, their names and characteristics and we built a big rocket! We've got a strong interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) - see how this applies to pre-schoolers in the section below!
At Red Kite we believe in an attractive, home-like learning environment. Children can spend many hours each week in a childcare centre – it’s important for it to be a pleasant place for them to be. We use natural materials instead of plastic wherever possible, and we plan our environment so that it acts as another teacher.
We place emphasis on allowing children to express themselves in many different ways – “the hundred languages of children”. We encourage our children to create in as many different ways as we (and they) can think of – painting and drawing, singing and dancing, building and making. For more about a typical day at Red Kite, please click here.
There’s lots more to the Reggio Approach – the website below has a good overview.
Within this setting, there are several aspects to our programme. Because young children learn all the time, from everything they do, these aspects are woven into our everyday activities. See below for more information.