Our Programme

Our programme is based on the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum Te Whāriki.

Our programme is based on the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum Te Whāriki, which empowers tamariki to be the initiators of their own learning.

 As teachers we notice, recognise, and respond to the individual interests of each child and provide experiences that extend their learning and development. Each year, each teacher is responsible for a small group of tamariki of a similar age and stage to ensure we listen closely and respond wisely.


Our team is inspired by the highly regarded Reggio Emilia philosophical approach which empowers tamariki to create their own learning environment thereby challenging and maximising their curiosity and creativity.

Our Team Of Child Care Professionals

Nurturing healthy growth.

Eden Cottage Early learning Philosophy

Encouraging individual development.

Transition To School Programme

Transition to school programme.

Sustainability programme - establishing Kaitiakitanga

Kaitiakitanga; Sustainability.

Nurturing healthy growth

We believe strong teamwork between management, educators and whānau is imperative to the development of a positive, nurturing, safe, and fun curriculum and environment for our tamariki. We are committed to seeking input and ideas, including from the tamariki themselves.

While they are at Eden Cottage, tamariki are encouraged to participate in a play-based nurturing educational environment that is founded on Christian principles.

Encouraging individual development

Eden Cottage is inspired by the highly regarded Reggio Emilia philosophy of learning which encourages tamariki in their interests and learning preferences.

All Eden Cottage tamariki are given the opportunity to refine social skills, build healthy self-esteem, and participate in academic experiences full of sensory integration allowing for optimal brain development.

This is achieved by implementing Te Whaariki – the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum and our long-term goals.


Transition to school programme 

The Transition to School programme allows tamariki to develop the necessary skills and learning required to prepare them for a successful graduation to primary school. They learn self-help skills, letter recognition, and writing their names. This takes place in the mornings and involves games, songs and rhymes. We also go on regular excursions, including to our local Konini Primary school, library, shops, and parks, to get used to new environments.


Kaitiakitanga: Sustainability

Our sustainability programme helps our tamariki to grow a sense of responsibility for the environment, leading them to becoming kaitiakitanga (environmental guardians). The role of our tamariki in this includes monitoring the worm farm, feeding the worms and adding bedding, watering and weeding the flower beds, and planting new flowers when needed.

We welcome whānau involvement.

At Eden Cottage we offer a range of cultural events throughout the year which we encourage the whānau of our tamariki to come together and participate in. We share stories, songs, activities, food and build upon the relationship with each other.

We offer whānau courses and training in parenting and other topics and hold a once a term Whānau Forum to seek input into decision-making.

We welcome any input and feedback from you and your child on their Individual Learning Plan.

We use Storypark, an online portfolio to which you receive a login and password. This will enable us to communicate your child’s learning with you. We also welcome your photos, record of your child’s art, and other examples of their learning.

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