We provide early childhood education to build a collaborative community of learners who embrace diversity and nurture respectful relationships. Our objective is to provide an environment that builds collaborative evaluation capability throughout all areas of the centre - governance, management, kaiako and children. The vision is achieved through the following strategic goals:

Programme: Our fees are based on ‘Te Whariki', the national curriculum for early childhood education. We endeavor to provide a warm and friendly atmosphere at Creative Corner Early Learning Centre, and a stimulating and challenging environment for every child. Children are encouraged to make choices and are given opportunities to explore their world through play. Our feeds are developed by observing the children and assessing their development. The curriculum blends a mix of free play, activity choices and group learning times which run throughout the day. Aspects of our programme that support infants’ and toddlers’ communication and exploration skills include:

  • Open-ended resources that encourage exploration and communication
  • Specific planning for under one year olds and over one year olds
  • Suitable routines that support children’s numeracy learning and increasing self help
  • Teachers deliberately supporting children to build relationships with one another

Assessment: Children are observed while at play in order for the teachers to understand, appreciate and respond to the development of each child. These observations are then recorded in the form of learning stories, anecdotes, photographs, and samples of artwork. This information is collected and developed in a portfolio for your child during their time here at Creative Corner Early Learning Centre.

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"A clear vision for the Centre guides all aspects of governance and management. The governance committee has developed a valuable strategic plan with a strong focus on outcomes for children. The strategic plan is supported by a useful action plan and this is monitored by a process of self review. The manager reports to the committee at each meeting the progress towards meeting the goals of the strategic plan. The committee and manager have a strong working relationship and a deep commitment to partnership with families and seeking parents’ views.

The committee members have had ongoing training in roles as governors and as a result the committee, manager, and staff are clear about their different roles. The committee has engaged in succession planning to replace outgoing members and to maintain experienced staff in the Centre. It also has a strong commitment to appointing staff with relevant experience and expertise. Staff are consulted and valued, and the new building has been thoughtfully designed to provide for their professional needs.

The manager provides strong leadership for the staff. She encourages all teachers to contribute their interests and expertise to the running of the programme. Together they focus on improving the quality of education and care for children through ongoing self review. Leaders have identified that bicultural practice in the centre is work in progress, and use of te reo Māori is a topic at each staff meeting. The leaders agreed it would be useful to develop an action plan to further develop bicultural practices. They also identified that they need to continue to develop and refine aspects of the way they plan and assess children’s learning."