Our Christian Character
Covenant Kids Preschool values every child entrusted into our care as a unique individual who is fearfully and wonderfully created by God. This understanding is based on a Christian world view where biblical truths permeate all teaching and learning within our centre. Christ’s love is the foundation of our values and beliefs; welcoming all children and families regardless of race, culture or faith.
We follow the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum; Te Whariki, which aspires for children to “grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society”. This document both informs and guides our planning and the way we support children’s learning experiences. We believe a positive, attractive and inspiring environment is optimal to provoke thinking, arouse curiosity and foster an early love for learning. We value and encourage active, challenging, authentic and multidisciplinary learning through both structured small groups and free play. This is especially important as we assist children in preparing for school. In addition to literacy and numeracy skills, our ‘Before School Vision’ identifies the following as key developmental needs for entering school; a love of learning, a sense of identity, social & emotional skills, independence and motor skills.
Our relationship with Family/Whanau
We believe children’s learning is enhanced when there is a strong collaboration between preschool and home. We are committed to building positive relationships based on love, respect and trust, through open and honest communication with parents, caregivers and whanau. As an important part of our learning community, we welcome and value their contributions.
We acknowledge that the quality of a child’s learning experiences depends on the knowledge and expertise of the teaching staff and centre management. We are therefore committed to professional learning and development, ongoing reflective practice and self review. We believe this commitment, as well as our individual devotion to the Christian faith, is integral to the strengthening of both our professional and personal teaching practice.