At Summerfield in Albany, we recognise that no two children are the same and offer a specialised learning environment, with uncompromising quality standards tailored to the needs of your child. Our supportive education programmes allow children to be creative, inquisitive and responsible while being challenged and extended daily. This combined with a strong consultative partnership between teachers and families, provides a cohesive foundation for future learning.
Our curriculum is based on Te Whāriki, the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum and its four principles; Empowerment, Holistic Development, Family & Community and Relationships. Our teachers use this alongside the NZ primary school curriculum document, to support your child’s ongoing learning.
We provide a balance of structured learning opportunities alongside child-initiated play, allowing our children to explore and discover in large spacious environments that contribute to a sound education programme.
As a teaching team we seek to understand your child’s background, interests, strengths, likes, dislikes and ways of learning and knowing. We encourage your child to investigate, explore and make discoveries on their own.
We believe this balance enhances children’s curiosity, their sense of belonging and opportunities for formal learning with teacher engagement, alongside exploration and experimentation alone or with peers.
We encourage and expect a culture of respect for self, others and the environment. We want children to feel confident about sharing and interacting with peers and adults alike. We hope that children, families, staff and visitors enjoy the moment and have FUN!
Quality Early Learning
Our play-based programmes are designed to take your child’s uniqueness into account and to spark a love of learning. Our goal is to foster skills and values that remain with your child for life, building on existing skills and experience in a safe, secure environment.
Summerfield Early Learning programmes are delivered by qualified, caring and respectful teachers who are dedicated to building a relationship with your child that will help enhance their learning as well as making Summerfield a comforting, warm, happy and fun place to be.