Our Curriculum

Eden uses Te Whaariki - the curriculum framework for the ECE sector - to guide children’s learning opportunities. The literal meaning of Te Whaariki is ‘the woven mat’. Your child’s strengths and interests, all the things they learn as part of their family, and the learning opportunities Eden provides are all woven together to contribute to your child’s unique learning programme.
Te Whaariki is based on 4 principles, which are:
  • Empowerment/Whakamana - Giving the child the power to learn and grow.
  • Holistic Development/Kotahitanga - Seeing and reflecting on the holistic way children learn and grow.
  • Family and Community/Whanau Tangata - The wider world of family and community is an integral part of each and every child.
  • Relationships/Nga Hononga - Children learn through responsive and reciprocal relationships with people, places and things.

If you would like more information about Te Whaariki, please visit the Ministry of Education website. If you would like more information about our programme or policies, please contact us. You can also check out our latest Education Review Office (ERO) report here.

Christianity is also a pivotal aspect of Eden's curriculum approach. Some of the ways our Christian values are integrated include
  • Christian stories and songs
  • prayer with and for children
  • saying grace before eating
  • teaching and instilling Christian morals and values
  • encouragement, practical support and prayer for children and families

Our Priorities for Children's Learning

  • Nurturing the spirit as we share God's love and Christian values.
  • Building social and emotional competence including developing friendships, social skills and emotional resiliance.
  • Taking responsibility for the health and well-being of ourselves, others and the environment.
  • Supporting a strong sense of identity and uniqueness through enhancing and enriching creativity, imagination, risk taking and problem solving.
  • Developing the foundations of literacy, numeracy, science, technology and physical exploration.