Kia ora Kids Childcare and Learning Centre promotes Play Based Learning (PBL). A lot of schools are moving towards this style of learning in the younger years in recognition of the fact that children learn best through play.  School Readiness happens in a fun and an interactive way, we believe that by providing them with school readiness skills that we will lay a foundation for their future learning.

We help children become confident within their bodies, to be able to express themselves, their opinions and their ideas. We also encourage children with experiences which provide the opportunity to build an awareness of literacy, numeracy and self-help skills. We encourage our children to explore hands on, fueling their curiosity, critical and creative thinking. We strive for children going to school to have an enthusiasm for learning, and for life!

Te Whāriki  is the Early Childhood  curriculum in which underlies our practice and influences our teaching. This curriculum supports us in building a solid foundation for future learning at Primary School. This interlinks and extends into the New Zealand Curriculum. Some of the ways Apples helps the children with this transition are listed below

Managing own self:

  • Have skills to independently care for themselves, e.g. putting clothes away, dressing themselves, toileting skills
  • Recognise when they are thirsty, and get a drink
  • Ask for help or things they need
  • Learning about emotions and social cues, e.g. interrupting, getting angry or sad about things
  • See themselves as a capable learner with a positive, can-do attitude
  • Have strategies for dealing with difficult situations
  • Able to follow rules and routines of the day centre

Using language, symbols and text:

  • Know the names of the colours, the letters of the alphabet and the numbers 1 to 9
  • Interpret meaning from images e.g. talk about books and the pictures in them
  • Understand simple mathematical and scientific concepts like weight, measurement, shapes and counting
  • Can hold a pencil correctly and use scissors
  • Can identify their name and the letters in it
  • Are able to hold a picture book and turn the pages correctly
  • Is confident talking and communicating with others

Relating to others

  • Know how to take turns, and wait for things
  • Listens, shares ideas and point of view
  • Can work together in a small group through positive and reciprocal relationships with others
  • Takes responsibility for themselves and others
  • Aware of how their words and actions can impact on others
  • Take on different roles and know how to compete or cooperate
  • Can be respectful towards others and show kindness.
  • Interact appropriately with a diverse range of people

Participating and contributing

  • Can follow instructions
  • Can sit on a chair at a table for a short period of time completing an activity
  • Aware of the others and how to interact
  • Have leadership skills, knowing when to lead and when to follow
  • Confident to share and offer ideas, while listening to others peoples thoughts
  • Is actively involved in a group setting
  • Encourages others


  • Curiosity for learning
  • Can be reflective of themselves and actions
  • Problem solving
  • Making decisions for themselves
  • Challenge and question themselves and others
  • Use and Create knowledge
  • Critical and Creative thinking