Our kaiako (teachers) are wonderful and amazing people, who have been selected based on their experience within the Early Childhood Education field, their professional knowledge of teaching and nurturing young children and their philosophy of education and knowledge of child development.
We value professional development, and encourage our team to participate in a variety of courses, in order to grow and keep up to date with new developments in the educational field.
At Brooklyn Kids, happy and content staff are as important as happy children. We work at keeping our staff for long periods to ensure stability for the children and a consistent learning environment.
We are committed to follow the aspirations of the New Zealand National ECE Curiculum, Te Whāriki,
“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”.
Te Whāriki envisages kaiako in early learning settings working in partnership with parents, whānau and community to realise this vision. The expectation is that, in their early years, children will experience a curriculum that empowers them as lifelong learners.
Te Whāriki supports this work by providing a framework of principles and strands. The principles are the foundations of curriculum decision making and a guide for every aspect of pedagogy and practice. The strands are 5 areas of learning and development, where the focus is on supporting children to develop the capabilities they need as confident and competent learners. Each setting takes these principles and strands and, in partnership with parents and whānau, uses them to ‘weave’ a curriculum whāriki that is specifically designed for their children.
Holistic Learning – Kotahitanga
Our philosophy at Brooklyn Kids is founded on the holistic way that children learn. We believe in the importance of the physical, emotional and psychological well-being of children. Our attention is focused on the connectedness of a child’s mind, body and spirit. We are committed in embracing the authentic and real developmental opportunities irrespective of the tamariki’s race, culture, socio-economic background, age or gender. We are dedicated to connecting children’s development with a safe and engaging environment that builds genuine relationships through active exploration and social interactions.
Positive & Meaningful Relationships – Whanaungatanga
Relationships are the heart of Brooklyn Kids. We believe that a sense of connectedness to the community through positive and meaningful relationships is at the core of what we do. Relationships or whanaungatanga help us to connect with the children, their families and to the wider community.
Respect – Manaakitanga
We believe that having deep respect is a paramount aspect of every child’s development because we value them as an individual and we recognise their personal rights and dignity as fellow human beings. We respect children as individuals who are the agents of their own lives through appreciating their strengths, interests and passions. We have high regard for each tamaiti, whānau and papatūānuku which informs everything that we do.
Maori Culture – Mātauranga Māori
We acknowledge and respect Māori as tangata whenua and honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi. All our children are our taonga/gifts and we weave Te Reo Māori, tikanga and Te Tiriti o Waitangi into our daily practice. We believe that biculturalism must be integrated with the teaching and learning programme of Brooklyn Kids.
Partnership & Collaboration
We strongly believe that parent-teacher collaboration is the main key in providing successful educational experiences of all our tamariki at Brooklyn Kids. We provide a parent entry policy wherein parents, caregivers and extended families are welcomed and encouraged to converse about their child/ren and the centre in an open and respectful manner.
0 – 2 years
Kākano means seed in Māori and just as a seed needs to be nurtured and cared for to grow and reach its’s full potential, so do our babies!
Kākano aims to provide a calm, safe and nurturing environment to support our youngest children at Brooklyn Kids. A primary care teaching system ensures that babies and young children experience a consistent, warm and responsive bond with a key teacher.
Communication between whānau and teachers is very important, and regular communication, both verbal and through the daily communication book allows on-going dialogue about each child’s needs and progress.
A range of activities support learning and development and is provided in a flexible manner around key routings of the day.
18 months – 3 years
Pihinga means seedling in Māori and just as seedlings are developing roots, and are busy growing and developing, so are our toddlers and young children.
Pihinga aims to provide a dynamic and interactive environment that ensures plenty of variety within the learning environment.
Our toddlers and young children are bursting with energy and inquisitiveness, and the teachers use observations to understand individual and group interests, to encourage and expand the learning and development of the children in our care.
We believe in creating an environment with consistent boundaries, that fosters safety and wellbeing. We provide hands on experience for children in a wide variety of curriculum areas, to create confident, independent lifelong learners.
3 years – 5 years
Kōhuri is our newest addition to Brooklyn Kids, and aims to provide a stimulating and well rounded curriculum for our older children.
Kōhuri means sapling in Māori, and just like saplings, our older children are growing strong and independent – gaining confidence and competence as they grow.
A balance between free play and structured learning opportunities allows for children to develop their individual interests, as well as preparing them for the primary school educational environment.
Diverse and complex planned learning experiences allow children to delve into exciting science experiments, creative exploration through art, fun literacy and numeracy activities and plenty of physical challenges to hone their gross motor development.
We introduce sustainable habits and practices to our children by encouraging them to reduce, reuse and recycle. We also keep worm farms and grow our own veges in our very own Centre garden.
Using Storypark significantly reduces the amount of paper used for forms and newsletters.
We use local suppliers and partners where possible, supporting the sustainability of businesses in our community.
We believe every little bit helps to ensure sustainability for our precious future generations!
Connecting Children with Nature
The natural world is a giant, open-ended learning laboratory. Children are innate scientists and love to experience the sights, scents, sounds, and textures of the outdoor environment. At Brooklyn Kids, we are always looking for learning opportunities that embrace nature.
Through free play, children spontaneously connect with nature right here in our own playground and outdoor environment. For example, children are often busy building masterpieces with dirt or sand, searching for twigs and sticks, watching worms wriggle through the soil, gazing at clouds, jumping in puddles, or listening to the birds sing.
Our toddlers and pre-schoolers thrive on using their imagination as they become ‘explorers’ in their own environment, doing this means they are encouraged to investigate and learn names of animals, insects, plants, and their purposes on our earth. We love seeing the children learn to care for their centre environment, their community, and the great big world we live in!
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