Preschool

Our Philosophy

At The Rainbow Corner Early Learning Centre, we have a deep understanding of what makes children tick.  Our focus is on helping each child develop his/her potential through a healthy mix of educational and recreational activities.

Te Whāriki shows us that "Children are Confident and Competent Learners" which is why our educational programme encompasses this principle. 

It used to be said that "It takes a whole Village to raise a child."  We believe it takes a "whole Team to raise a child."  Our expertise and experience in the industry will be pooled in with our experienced and passionate teachers.

Our goal is to provide your child with a safe, clean, nurturing, caring environment, where your child will feel safe, secure, and important, thus letting their own individuality and talents shine. 

At The Rainbow Corner Early Learning Centre they can achieve and learn to fulfil their own individual potential.

Our Planning Framework

At The Rainbow Corner Early Learning Centre Early Learning Centre, we extend children’s learning using their current interests.  We focus on recognising the common threads of learning that are happening in the centre and then implement strategies, teachers’ goals and experiences in relation to the current interests to extend the learning further.  This allows for change.  It allows for any changes in direction/ interests.  We can still focus on the learning, but change the interest we are extending as children’s interests change (emergent curriculum).  Of course, if anything new or spontaneous pops up, we also capitalise on these moments.

Our planning cycle is simple:

First, we “Notice”
This may be through learning stories, anecdotal observations and photos with learning being identified.  We record what we see, what we noticed, what we see as valuable to the children, special moments.  We then identify and record the common threads of interest/focus we see coming through.

Second, we “Recognise”
From what we have noticed, we, as a staff team, identify the learning that is evidence (learning we can see).  We record these on the form “What Learning has Taken Place”.  We then identify our goals as teachers.  What are we going to do to extend this learning?  These are called “Teacher Goals”.

Third, we “Respond”
We brainstorm ideas on experiences we can provide to extend the learning identified and that support our teacher goals.  This is recorded in a “web” format.  It is “how we intend to respond”.

Fourth, we “Document”
We collect evidence of the learning and interests being extended and include any spontaneous events or changes in interests that occur throughout the cycle.

Last but not the least, we “Revisit”
We evaluate the process we have been through.  We put together all our documentation (the cycle), laminate it into a book and have it accessible to the children and parents.  Children are then given the opportunity to revisit the learning and interests.

Lastly, we “Reflect”
It is important to reflect upon the extension that has taken place, so we know things like how well the experiences went, what was unplanned, was it in the best interests of the child, were learning, abilities and strengths extended, were the experiences meaningful for the children, how were our teaching strategies, what can we do better/different next time and where to next?