Pre-School Curriculum

Little Guppies Approach to Learning and Development

Little Guppies provides a curriculum that encourages and supports the Reggio Emilia approach of learning and development. Reggio Emilia, Italy, is a community widely known for its model preschool education program. This approach involves teachers spending a great deal of time listening to children and documenting their thoughts.

Children are encouraged to find answers out for themselves, to problem solve and inquire. Play is child-initiated and teachers listen with their eyes and ears providing support and guidance through research and nurturing.

Little Guppies supports the philosophy that we are a community of learners, parents, teachers and child learning and growing together. That all have personal strengths that enriches further learning to ensure the image of the child as a competent, capable and confident learner.

Little Guppies also supports the philosophy that the environment is the third teacher. We offer a quality environment with large bay windows providing natural light and flow to the outside environment. The outdoor environment has well established gardens and trees which offer tactile and interactive experiences.

Little Guppies has a range of resources both natural and man made. Children have the choice to choose what they want under the supervision and guidance of our teachers.

Teachers also implement the learning outcomes from the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum – Te Whaariki (Ministry of Education, 1996) as a guideline to children’s learning dispositions. It embraces the dual heritage of Aotearoa/New Zealand and incorporates the diversity and importance of all our families.

Daily Programme

7.15 am Centre Opens/ Free Play
9.15am Mat Time
9.45am Wash Hands and Morning Tea
10.00 am Free Play
11.15am Mat time
11.45am Wash Hands and Lunch Time
12.15pm Sleep/Rest Time
1.00pm Free Time if Awake
2.15pm Mat Time
2.30pm Wash Hands and Afternoon Tea
3.00pm Free Play
4.00pm Mat Time/Late Snack
4.30pm Free Play
5.30pm Centre Closes

*Free play is child initiated play which may comprise of art, play dough, carpentry and singing. Teachers are encouraged to support children’s interests throughout these times.