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Children love to discover, and what better way to explore our world than through fun challenging play and interaction. For all children, the transition to school is a challenging one so we nurture a love of learning to ensure this journey is enjoyable and rewarding and as smooth as possible.

Our 'towns' are a daily hive of activity and are divided into groupings with children of similar ages. All activities interweave into each child's learning journey.

Children take part in a full range of learning activities and projects designed to extend their learning and cognitive processes.

The goals and learning outcomes of Te Whariki are integral to our daily routines and activities, ensuring children gain a strong cultural awareness and appreciation of their place in society.

Learning Activities

Boy painting
Creativity, collage, painting, messy play

Gives opportunities for children to make their own choices and express their feelings and ideas through their creative work. They learn new skills such as painting, gluing, sticking, taping, stapling, cutting and tearing, explore texture and design, experiment with different resources: paints, crayons, pencils, paper, cardboard.

Boy hammering nails
Construction, design, carpentry

Develops a wide range of motor skills giving the child control over objects which requires manipulative skill. Construction is an introduction to maths concepts - shape, size, measurement, space.

Girls playing doctor with dolls
Dramatic play, life skills, family & culture

Social & dramatic play expands children’s oral language as they talk about the activities taking place. They develop knowledge of their capabilities as they dramatise familiar happenings and begin to understand other people’s needs and responsibilities.

baby playing with toys
Science , Nature , Environment, Experimenting

Young children learn by observing, investigating, predicting and reasoning through exploring things that capture their interest. They discover bugs, plants, gardening, animals, water, dirt, sand and begin to understand volume, weight, measurement and other maths concepts through experimentation.

Girls reading
Language and Literacy

Through the enjoyment of books and stories children extend their language and develop confidence to learn. Tinytown offer a language print rich environment that exposes children to writing, story telling and exploring the world of make believe.

numbers puzzles
Manipulation and maths, numbers, puzzles

Manipulative play develops fine motor skills with hand to eye coordination and enhances accuracy, precision and competence. Children learn shapes, size, sequences, and problem solving which all lead to mathematical skills gaining confidence and self esteem.

Girls dancing and playing instruments
Music and Movement

Allows children the opportunity to learn new ways of expressing feelings through voice and body. Harmony, melody and rhythm skills are encouraged and experimenting with instruments, music and songs.

Girl climbing on playground
Physically Active Play

When children participate in physically active play they are developing their large and small muscles and gain increasing control over their bodies and hand-eye coordination. They develop skills for throwing, catching, jumping, climbing, balancing.

group of kids on the mat
Group Time

A time where children are involved in whole group learning activities. This involves more story and language development, music and movement, literacy, sharing, turn taking, special interests and group discussions.

two kids holding hands
Readiness skills

Specific learning of the social, cognitive, emotional and physical skills children need as they start school.

Educational Activities