We work within the framework of Te Whariki, the National Curriculum for Early Childhood Education in New Zealand.

We strive to help children “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” (Te Whariki, Ministry of Education, 1996).

Our daily programme is a combination of planned and spontaneous teacher or child-led experiences. We believe in child-led learning, we view each child as capable and competent.

Our planning and assessment identifies a child or group’s interest and then plans for experiences that allows children to extend and deepen their knowledge in that area. We understand that each child has their own learning style and our planning and teaching  supports that.

Getting into the great outdoors, by taking weekly excursions as a part of an Explorers Programme allows children the opportunity to develop their natural sense of wonder - they can take risks, problem solve, learn determination or solitude; nature has no intended purpose but to inspire.

We value independence and resilience in children, in our daily work we help them develop capability caring for themselves and their environment (eating, toileting, cleaning up after themselves etc) as well as the skills and ability to deal with emotionally or physically challenging situations, like negotiating relationships with peers, settling happily in the morning, persisting with physical challenges etc.

Interwoven throughout the day we help children develop the skills and dispositions necessary for school, writing their names on their art work, cutting for art projects, sitting and focusing at mat time etc.

We are a team of creative educators and provide children the opportunity to explore their interests through activities like arts and crafts, woodwork, flax weaving, yoga, playing musical instruments, various styles of dance, theatre and performance art.

At the heart of our center is the kitchen and a big part of the children’s daily routines revolves around growing and cooking the food they eat. The activities around food changes with the natural cycles of the seasons.

our programme

A day at Kanuka Corner can look like this:      


  • Children and teacher who arrive early bake bread for lunch/snacks.

  • After everyone has arrived a teacher offers a music and movement time which may include, singing, dancing or yoga.

  • The morning experiences commence, which includes free play with the construction sets, puzzles, family play, on the playscape outside and more, as well as teacher facilitated activities that are following a current line of enquiry, e.g. dinosaurs; reading books about dinosaurs, making dinosaur masks, moving like dinosaurs to music and creating a dinosaur show!

  • In some morning sessions the children go on trips into nature, down to the lake or for a bush walk. As a part of these trips we go fishing, have picnics and camp fires, build huts make nature art and much more!

  • A rolling morning tea commences around 10 and children help prepare and serve this food. Children will come as they are ready, allowing them uninterrupted play.

  • Some children go and collect the eggs from the chook house.

  • Children help harvest and wash fresh produce from the gardens to eat at lunchtime.

  • Before lunch everybody helps tidy up. A group Whariki (mat) time allows children the opportunity to listen to stories, sing songs, make music etc.

  • At lunch-time everybody sits down together. Children help serve the food and wash their dishes before heading off to play.

  • The one afternoon session continues similarly to the morning session, with a combination of free play and teacher facilitated enquiry based learning.

  • Often the tending of the vegetable gardens happens in the afternoon - children help, grow, plant, weed, water and harvest our organic vegetable gardens.

  • Children also go out on trips to harvest wild food then bring it back to the center to make preserves.

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