Evolve’s innovative and well thought out curriculum areas are carefully designed to engage, inspire and unlock your little one’s unique potential. Rich in learning opportunities, and crafted around children’s specific interests, our age-appropriate programmes encourage a love of learning that will set children up for life.
Our ECE curriculum sets goals and plans for children to acquire skills and knowledge through experiences and opportunities. This provides the curriculum foundation necessary for high quality care and addresses the individual needs of each child. Having daily routines, providing self-help and life-skill development are part of a child’s day. Children are always learning, and it is important to recognise that the programme provides learning experiences for all development domains.
Our focus areas are:
Primary caregiving - Kaimanaaki mātua
A child’s emotional wellbeing is our top priority, and that’s why we practice primary caregiving, particularly with our youngest age groups. By allocating a special teacher to each child, children are able to form secure attachments, develop trust and build confidence. These are the foundations all children need to thrive.
Bicultural practice - Mahi Kākanorua
We value and respect cultural identity and recognise and celebrate New Zealand’s dual heritage. Our commitment to te Tiriti o Waitangi guides our tikanga and te reo Māori practices for an authentic commitment to Te Ao Māori.
Water play - Tākaro wai
Ask any child under 5 what their favourite activity is, and the chances are, they’ll shout out “water play”! At Evolve, our teachers enjoy this almost as much as our children, and during the summer months many happy times are spent sprinkling, sloshing, squirting and splashing. Waterplay gives many opportunities to develop fine and gross motor skills across the ages. Water is a natural material that provides hours of fun, development and learning opportunities. Children benefit from the relaxing and repetitive nature of scooping, pouring and running their hands through the water.
Messy play - Korihori pōrohe
Messy play gives children the opportunity to experience a wide range of sensory experiences such as finger paint, slime and gloop. Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving and social interaction. Squishing and squeezing can help pre-writing skills and gives children the freedom to explore and have fun.
Building and construction - Wāhi hangahanga
Many Evolve centres have their own construction area - a dedicated space where children can develop their problem solving skills and learn concepts like balance, force and measurement as they learn to use tools and materials to build amazing creations.
Construction play makes a difference to the way children think and complete tasks through creativity, problem solving, cooperative play and fine / large motor skills. It builds self-esteem and feelings of success, encourages children to think independently and make decisions based on what they are learning. Using construction play helps make early education fun and engaging.
Technology - Hangarau
Technology provides opportunities for learning at all levels of education – and this journey starts in early childhood. Digital resources can create interactive environments where children are engaged in mastering specific skills at their own pace. Technology plays a positive role in children’s learning and development and it provides an active learning environment for children. Teachers play a vital role in ensuring children use technology in a safe way that contributes to the diverse learning that is valued.
Spontaneous play - Tākaro noa
At Evolve, we are firm believers that a child’s work is play. Throughout each day our children are presented with invaluable opportunities to direct and lead their own learning, based around their current interests. Here at Lollipops Te Rapa individual learning plans can be located on Storypark and we develop these in partnership with parent input.
Intentionally planned experiences - Whakarite ngohe
Our centres offer the ideal balance of child-led and teacher-led experiences. Each day our expert teachers will set up an exciting and challenging array of experiences to engage your little one and build their skills in a fun and supportive environment. Our Lollipops Te Rapa teachers purposefully create learning opportunities that support the interests of our tamariki.
Physical activity - Korikori
Physical activity is crucial for a child’s development and lays the foundation for a healthy and active life. Evolve’s purpose-built early learning centres feature fantastic outdoor spaces where children can swing, climb, run, jump, and build their physical skills. From dancing and yoga, to playball and bike riding, our indoor and outdoor physical experiences are designed so your child can have fun while developing confidence, building gross motor and fine motor skills, and improving coordination, balance and strength. At Lollipops Te Rapa we have regular excursions to our park next door where we have the freedom to run, walk, play tag and to visit the trolls house! We are also part of the Healthy Heart foundation and we are currently striving towards the gold status.
Sand play - Kirikiri
What child doesn’t enjoy a trip to the beach or having fun in the sandpit? Sand play is fantastic in aiding development by improving the coordinative, interactional and creative aspects of your child’s brain. From writing in the sand with sticks, to filling buckets and making sandcastles, playing with sand provides a plethora of learning opportunities (e.g. letters, numbers, measuring and counting) and developmental opportunities (e.g. improved hand-eye coordination, bilateral coordination, muscle growth and motor skills). Our sandpit has a fully equipped mud table that our tamariki spend great lengths of time in.
Literacy and numeracy - Reo matatini/Reo pangarau
Literacy and numeracy skills are woven throughout all aspects of our curriculum to ensure that by the time your child leaves our centre, they have gained the literacy and numeracy skills they need to succeed in the next stage of their learning journey, primary school. Our rich array of learning experiences create the foundation for developing reading and writing skills – from enjoying picture books and singing nursery rhymes at mat time, to enthralling visits from amazing story tellers. Visiting our local library (St Andrews) is a weekly excursion we provide to support literacy and numeracy interests.
Music - Waiata
Introducing children to music at an early age can kick start their learning and offer lifelong benefits. Listening to music and participating in musical experiences forges neural connections which will help your child in almost every area of their learning, including rhythms and rhymes, language development, maths and reading. An integral part of our programmes, music also provides an opportunity to dance, sing and learn about different cultures. Weekly (Tuesday morning) kapa haka sessions, weekly (Wednesday morning) music sessions with ‘Little Minstrels’, and weekly (Thursday) Pasifika music sessions with T.O.P.A (Talents of the Pasifika Academy).
Our environment - To tātou taiao
It has never been more important than now to take care of our environment, and here at Evolve we take great pride in teaching our children to love, respect and care for the world around us. Our natural environments connect children with nature and inspire their sense of wonder. We encourage recycling, teach them about sustainability, and many of our centres have composts, worm farms and even their own vegetable gardens which our children plant and tend. Our location places us in the prime position of having daily access to Papatuanuku and Tane Māhuta. We play with pīwakawaka(fantails) and pūrerehua(butterflies) daily and the harakeke, toetoe trees help us to make fishing lines, qwackers, superman capes and manu aute (kites).
Family and dramatic play - Ngā whakaari ā-whānau
Family and dramatic play provides invaluable opportunities for children to express their feelings, ignite their imagination, and build empathy and understanding. By acting out different roles, children learn valuable real life skills such as communication, sharing, and caring for others.
Transition to school programmes - Whakawhiti ki te kura
Our highly regarded transition to school programmes are offered to our older children to help them build the skills they need to transition smoothly into primary school. From social skills and numeracy and literacy skills, to being comfortable eating from a lunchbox and knowing where to hang your bag in the morning. Our regular classroom visits to local primary schools also ease the way for a stress-free transition.