Our Approach

our-approachOur Philosophy:
Kids Forever is a Christian Preschool established to provide a nurturing environment in which Gods love is demonstrated. Our priority is providing excellent care and education, where each child is accepted and valued as an individual and where they can develop; spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically.

Special Character:
Christian beliefs, principles and values are at the heart of the operation of Kids Forever Christian Preschool.  This Christian perspective will underpin and guide all aspects of our administrative and teaching practice.  The basic tenet of our belief is that God loves each individual who is created unique and special in God’s sight. We uphold that God can be known and enjoyed through a personal relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ.   Prayer is central and is integrated into the daily life of the Centre.

Aims:

  • Biblical values will underpin and guide all aspects of administration and practice at Kids Forever.
  • Meeting the developmental needs of the children is our primary consideration, working alongside parents/whanau in a mutually respectful, open and honest partnership.
  • At our Centre, the God-given uniqueness and culture of each child will be respected. Children attending our Centre will be treated equally, fairly and without favoritism.
  • The education and care for young children offered at our Centre will encourage the development of the positive attitudes of self-esteem, confidence, independence and an interest in learning.
  • Our service believes it is important to create an environment that is attractive and child orientated and is safe and welcoming to children, their caregivers, and visitors.
  • The curriculum offered at our centre will meet the varying needs and learning styles of individual children by incorporating a balance of child-guided free choice activities and structured learning opportunities.
  • Our teachers will be committed to the philosophies and Christian Character of the Centre, demonstrating warmth, professionalism and discretion in all their interactions.
  • We will encourage our teachers to plan carefully using a variety of teaching strategies and linked with TeWhãriki and regularly review their practices
  • Our service values our staff and will encourage opportunities for their ongoing training and professional development.We believe it is important to prepare each child for a smooth transition to Primary School by exposing them to the structure and security of appropriate routines and taking into account the children’s varying levels of maturity and development.

Programme assessment, planning and evaluation
As teachers, it is vital that we regularly assess and evaluate in order to celebrate and support each child’s learning and development. Our programmes reflect the principles, strands, goals and learning outcomes from TeWhāriki. This celebrates the uniqueness of each child and the group as a whole.

Our Aim is to provide a programme that:

  • responds to the learning interests, strengths, and capabilities of enrolled children
  • provides a positive learning environment for children
  • reflects an understanding of learning and development that is consistent with current research, theory, and practices in early childhood education
  • encourages children to be confident in their own culture and develop an understanding, and respect for, other cultures
  • acknowledges and reflects the unique place of Māori as tangata whenua
  • respects and acknowledges the aspirations of parents, family, and whānau

Procedures

  • Programming is implemented co-operatively by all the teachers
  • Planning for children at Kids Forever are based on both their own individual interests (individual planning, pepeha page and portfolios) and group interests. Parents are encouraged to contribute through discussion and/or completing a “tell me about your child” page.
  • Programming is based on observations of what children can do, their interests and their development, and can be as short or as long as is their interest.
  • Teachers aim to support and challenge each child’s learning by providing a rich array of activities and learning experiences which reflect the child’s interests as well as introducing them to new possible interests.
  • Appropriate links will be made to TeWhāriki.
  • Teachers plan activities that support the learning and discoveries which have been identified through observations shared from home and at the centre.
  • Learning experiences are based on observations, home, care and routines, community, relationships, language and communication.
  • The programme is written and displayed prominently for parents and whanau to view.
  • Teachers are responsible for supporting and documenting the learning and development for children who attend 3 or more sessions per week. They are responsible for collating and presenting developmental updates, anecdotal stories, artworks and photos within their Portfolio folders. These folders are available to the children always. Children are encouraged to be a part of the gathering of information process and enjoy the journey of their learning and development. Parents, whanau and caregivers are welcome to request to view these. Copies of photos and most of the anecdotal stories within the folders will be displayed on our learning journey wall, available for everyone to enjoy.
  • Teachers are encouraged to reflect on their practice and own learning through evaluating planning and projects, which can be added to their own kete of information that they are welcome to collect.
  • Developmental updates are a completed summary document filled out once a term on each individual child. Teachers will use these as the basis for planning, and discussion with parents at any scheduled parent/teacher interviews. (Also see communication and consultation policies)