We believe in a play based learning environment where we support the interests and uniqueness of each child.  Play enhances all areas of development including their cognitive, social, emotional and physical development.

Te Whariki

Kia ora Kids at Home Childcare program is based on the New Zealand National Early Childhood Curriculum Te Whariki.

The curriculum is founded on the following aspirations 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”

We follow Te Whariki principles in that we believe children learn & grow best when;

  • they are empowered ~ Whakamana
  • a holistic approach is taken ~ Kotahitanga
  • family and community are involved ~ Whànau Tangata
  • relationships with people, places and things are encouraged ~ Ngà Hononga


We follow the five main strands of learning:

  • Wellbeing ~ Mana Atua
  • Belonging ~ Mana Whenua
  • Communication ~ Mana Reo
  • Contribution ~ Mana Tangata
  • Exploration ~ Mana Aotùroa

It is the combination of these principles and strands which form the framework for the curriculum at Kia ora Kids at Home Childcare.

The term “curriculum” is used in this document to describe the sum total of the experiences, activities, and events, whether direct or indirect, which occur within an environment designed to foster children’s learning and development. These experiences happen all day, everyday and learning can be incorporated into anything and everything the children do.



Children’s Record of Learning


At Kia ora Kids at Home Childcare, each child has their own Portfolio that is a record of their time and learning while in care.

This portfolio is a collection of stories, pictures, artwork and memories of your child’s time here at Kia ora Kids. This portfolio contains information about how your child is growing and developing during their time at Kia ora Kids.

Your child’s portfolio is for you to share with you and your family and we encourage you to contribute with stories, photos and pictures too. This gives us an insight of what your child enjoys at home and enables us to build on all of their experiences which they have.

Your child’s work in their portfolios link to the strands and goals of Te Whariki – New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum and can often be seen evident in children’s dispositions for example, when they show courage, curiosity, interest,  perseverance,  confidence and responsibility.