The curriculum at Albany Kindergarten

reflects the beliefs of a learning community that values children as competent and confident learners who are curious about the world around them.

Visual arts and Sustainable principles and thinking are central to our way of thinking. Our teaching pedagogy draws upon Te Whāriki, the New Zealand early childhood curriculum and Art Costa’s Habits of Mind.

We are inspired by a broad selection of researchers, thinkers and explorers both within the realm of early childhood education and beyond.

We acknowledge that Māori are the first people of Aotearoa New Zealand and respectfully embrace Te reo and tikanga Māori into our environment and daily practice.

Carlina Rinaldi, Reggio Emilia says, “When your child asks, ‘Why is there a moon?’ don’t reply with a scientific answer, Ask him, ‘What do you think?’

He will understand that you are telling him, ‘You have your own mind and your own interpretation and your ideas are important to me.’

Then you and he can look for the answers, sharing the wonder, curiosity, pain – everything.  It is not the answers that are important, it is the process – that you and he search together.”