Taihape Priorities of Learning

At Taihape Kindergarten we want our children:

“to 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 Whāriki

The 3 Literacies

What is Literacy?

Literacy is competence or knowledge in a specified area. The 3 literacies that we focus on at Kindergarten are:

1. People –Literacy (social-skills)

"Children are not designed to start reading and writing before they can get along with others. We are in fact, genetically programmed for people literacy first. Becoming literate in social skills takes time, and the right time is during the first six years of life." -Pennie Brownlee, Literacy and Numeracy – Big Deal.

This is why at Taihape Kindergarten we have an emphasis on the High 5 rules and our values. Kaiako spend a large part of the day working on social skills with tamariki. IT IS THAT IMPORTANT!

2. Eco –Literacy

"Eco-Literacy dovetails perfectly with children’s drive for people-literacy. Children need to play outside to have the chance to grow in competence and knowledge about this earth which is their home." -Pennie Brownlee, Literacy and Numeracy – Big Deal.

At Taihape Kindergarten we work to support tamariki, whānau and Kaiako to take an active role in caring for the environment, and promoting and contributing to a sustainable future. Some examples of Eco-Literacy in action at Kindy would be: opportunities for developing knowledge and respect for the environment and all living things - including physical health and well-being, gardening, cooking, recycling, vermiculture and looking after the kindy chooks.

3. Word and Number Literacy

Early literacy encompasses the knowledge, skills and experiences that a young child needs to develop before he or she can move on to formally learning to read and write. Early numeracy and literacy experiences feature strongly throughout our entire Kindergarten programme. We provide a print rich environment, full of stories, waiata, rhymes, music and movement, and much, much more.


We acknowledge and respect the bicultural nature of Te Tiriti O Waitangi and work together to nurture and enhance Māoritanga throughout our programme.


Creativity focuses on the process of forming original ideas through exploration and discovery. Kaiako value, support and extend the creativity of tamariki by planning the environment and programme, and by providing resources, that support exploration, problem solving, process and original thinking.

Moving To Learn

“Kids need to move their bodies every day in lots of ways. They need as much freedom of choice as is safe and practical in order to develop both their bodies and their brains.” (Connell & McCarthy, 2014)

There are countless opportunities for active movement at Kindergarten. Kaiako plan for and provide a movement programme that helps develop fundamental skills to get tamariki ready for school and for life.

Download the original Priorities for Learning document here.

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