Programme Planning and Assessment

Assessment

Campus Creche has an assessment process that caters for each child. This helps us plan and enhance your child's learning. Learning Stories are used as a vital part of the individual assessment process. Learning Stories are a credit model form of assessment that builds on children's strengths, interest and passions.

Early Childhood has a curriculum, Te Whaariki, that we use in our programme planning and assessment.

Te Whaariki has 4 broad principles at the centre of the Early Childhood curriculum.

  • Empowerment - the Early Childhood curriculum empowers the child to learn and grow.

  • Holistic Development - the Early Childhood curriculum reflects the holistic way children learn and grow.

  • Family and Community - the wider world of family and community is an integral part of the Early Childhood curriculum.

  • Relationships - children learn through responsive and reciprocal relationships with people, places and things.

The strands and goals arise from the 4 principles:

  • Strand 1 - Well-being - the health and well-being of the child are protected and nurtured.

  • Strand 2 - Belonging - children and their families feel a sense of belonging.

  • Strand 3 - Contribution - opportunities for learning are equitable and each child’s contribution is valued.

  • Strand 4 - Communication - the languages and symbols of their own and other cultures are promoted and protected.

  • Strand 5 - the child learns through active exploration of the environment.

Some key dispositions include:

  • Taking an interest - finding an interest here - a topic, an activity, a role. Recognising the familiar, enjoying the unfamiliar. Coping with change.

  • Being involved - paying attention for a sustained period, feeling safe, trusting others. Being playful with others or materials.

  • Persisting with difficulty - setting and choosing difficult tasks. Using a range of strategies to solve problems when stuck.

  • Expressing an idea or a feeling - in a range of specific ways. For example; oral language, gesture, music, art, writing, using numbers, patterns and telling stories.

  • Taking responsibility - responding to others, to stories and imagined events, ensuring that things are fair, self-evaluating, helping others and contributing to the programme.

Books at the Campus Creche

Creche Albums

Each child that attends Creche has a "Creche Album/Portfolio" where Learning Stories and other data are gathered as a summary, to show a snapshot of the learning and nurturing that is happening at Campus Creche. You are able to access your child's portfolio at any time. The staff at Creche see your child's Early Childhood education and care as a partnership between families and staff. We always value your contribution.

As part of our planning and evaluation we are always critically looking and reflecting on areas of play and routines that happen for children. This is an evolutionary process.

From time to time you may see the centre planning up on the walls. Take the time to look and appreciate the exciting learning that is happening in your child's "world".

Observation and Research at Campus Creche

The Creche is associated with the training course for Early Childhood teachers at the School of Education. This means students from this course are often present as trainees. As part of their training they are required to carry out observations of the programme and children. These activities are always checked first by the Supervisor and confidentiality is required. Other training groups also visit the Creche and sometimes carry out observations. They are checked first and confidentiality is maintained. On some occasions students request the use of the Creche for research and practical course work. If observations of specific children, testing in any form, or research involving specific changes in the programme are requested, then formal parental approval is sought.

Learning Stories

A learning story is an observation of your child during a period of learning. Learning Stories assist teachers to truly get to know each child and their interest, strengths and needs and highlights learning outcomes from Te Whaariki (Early Learning Curriculum), which may include: taking an interest, coping with change, connecting places and experiences together, finding out new things, practicing old things, tackling difficulty, developing relationships with peers and adults, and taking resposibility for their learning.

Planning & Assessment

Planning and assessment form an integral part of the education and care provided for children at Creche. An environment is provided where extended, sustained and meaningful learning opportunities and outcomes are provided. Our planning and assessment will involve providing further activities, interactions and responses, which can enhance and scaffold each child's further understanding, development and learning. Planning is inspired also by a child's interest in something, an area that will enthuse others and that has the potential to extend children's thinking, problem-solving, knowledge and skills. Planning is also inspired by teachers, who bring their own professional knowledge and sound practice about what is important for children.

Possible Learning Opportunities

Possible learning opportunities is the tool utilised by staff to extend and encourage/develop the child's interest, ability, strategy or disposition:

  • By making it more complex

  • So that it appears in different areas or activities in the programme

  • Possible learning opportunities implements the next step in the Learning Story framework.

It acts as a prompt for our learning story planning cycle, as it gives a view of childrens learning, interests, needs and abilities.