Childcare for children
6 weeks to 6 years of age

OPEN 7:30am to 5:30pm

  Curriculum & Assessment Policy  

Issue Outline:
All children will have the opportunity to benefit from quality early childhood education and care delivered at Sunny Days Preschool. Within the framework of our Centre's Individual culture, theoretical perspective, vision and philosophy are curriculum practises that provide evident and positive learning outcomes for children in alignment with the Principles and Strands of Te Whariki.

Sunny Days philosophy and values are woven within the Te Whariki curriculum framework. We use strategies and processes specific to our programme and pay attention to diversity and active participation of children, as well as identity, wellbeing, language, culture, relationships, exploration, home and community.

Evidence-based practices are monitored for their effectiveness and progress towards Learning Outcomes. Our vision for Sunny Days is based on Striving for Excellence in our teaching practise and development and to be the best we can be.

  1. Our intentional teaching methods are consistent with current theory, notice, recognise and respond and knowledge of best practice.
  2. Adult interactions are positive, responsive and reciprocal. Every child has a key teacher.
  3. This centre sets goals for children in consultation with children and their parents. These are recorded in the children's portfolios and IDP. Teachers use observations and discussions to assess progress and ensure the environment offers opportunities for achievement of goals.
  4. This centre has monthly planning and evaluation cycles.
  5. We document children's learning in their portfolios and using Storypark programme using photos, observations and children's work samples. These are shared with parents.
  6. Parental feedback is encouraged and included in planning, assessment and portfolios.
  7. Children's days are planned to have both outdoor and indoor play, and quiet and noisy times. While babies play individually, we involve older children in parallel and group play as well as individual play.
  8. Staff encourage children to make decisions about their learning experiences by asking children what they are interested in, what they want to do and building this into daily activities.

Relevant Background (including legislation/regulation references):
Licensing Criteria 2008, Curriculum, Professional Practice documentation required:

Documentation that provides evidence of the service's compliance with the following criteria. This documentation may take a variety of forms to suit the service's operation (such as portfolio's, wall displays, policies and procedures).

  • C1: Sunny Days Pre School curriculum is consistent with any prescribed curriculum framework that applies to Te Whāriki.
  • C2: Sunny Days Pre School curriculum is informed by assessment, planning, and evaluation (documented and undocumented) that demonstrates an understanding of children's learning, their interests, whānau, and life contexts;
  • C3: adults providing education and care engage in meaningful, positive interaction to enhance children's learning and nurture reciprocal relationships;
  • C4: the practices of adults providing education and care demonstrate an understanding of children's learning and development, and knowledge of relevant theories and practice in early childhood education;
  • C5; Sunny Days curriculum acknowledges and reflects the unique place of Māori as tangata whenua. Children are given the opportunity to develop knowledge and an understanding of the cultural heritages of both parties to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • C6: Sunny Days Pre School curriculum is inclusive, and responsive to children as confident and competent learners. Children's preferences are respected, and they are involved in decisions about their learning experiences;
  • C7: Sunny Days Pre School curriculum provides a language-rich environment that supports children's learning;
  • C8: Sunny Days Pre School curriculum provides children with a range of experiences and opportunities to enhance and extend their learning and development – indoors and outdoors, individually and in groups.
  • C9: Sunny Days curriculum supports children's developing social competence and understanding of appropriate behaviour.