At Hannah’s House we base our programme on Te Whariki the early childhood curriculum for the Ministry of Education. We have also been inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to teaching and learning. The programme is child centred and developmental. Our ongoing observation of the children enables us to plan a programme based on children’s interest and is designed to meet an individual’s needs.
Our practices reflect and celebrate our cultural heritage of our community. At Hannah’s House we believe that early childhood education should help in the development of confidence, independence, and a love of learning.
Play is central to children’s development. It is their unique way of learning about the world around them and sharing what they already know. We provide indoor and outdoor play, structured and unstructured activities all based on the children’s interests.
We have a separate room for our four year old children, The Discovery Room. This enables them to explore and research their project topic with a primary trained staff member and their friends. While our older children are working in the Discovery Room our younger children are also guided in more age appropriate activities and get to explore and research their project topic.
Our environmental programme
At Hannah’s House we run an environmental programme. We have 3 chickens. The children are responsible for feeding and looking after them. We feed them our food scraps from morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. We also have chicken pellets. The children check for eggs which we offer to parents and use for our baking. We also have a worm farm and composting bins.
At Hannah’s House we ensure all our cleaning products are from certified eco-friendly companies. All our tissues, toilet paper and hand towels are made from recycled paper and are also wrapped and packed in an eco-friendly manner.
We use eco-friendly light bulbs throughout the centre. For energy conservation on heating we ensure the heaters are turned off when the room has reached the required temperature.
At Hannah’s House Early Childhood Education Centre we understand that we are part of a life time of teaching and learning for children all about the 3 “R’s” reduce, recycling, and reusing. To help we are a glad wrap free centre.
We encourage our parents to use containers, reusable plastic bags and paper bags. We encourage parents to use reusable nappies. Parents participate in our programme by bringing in plastic bags, boxes, lids, glass jars, corks, shells, drift wood, buttons, seed pods, fabric, paper, cardboard and anything you think we could use.