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The curriculum draws on the individual experiences of each child and their family to deliver a diverse cultural and linguistic programme consistent with the national Early Childhood Education (ECE) curriculum — Te Whāriki.

The programme is supported by adults who are fluent in English and New Zealand Sign Language, who work alongside children to promote confidence and competence in communication.

The focus of programmes is parent-child support and empowerment to build foundations for Deaf and hard of hearing children and their whānau to enable them to become capable, confident communicators and learners.

Children learn through play and interaction in the preschool environment. They are supported by teachers to explore and learn. A child’s strengths, interests and needs are the basis of group and individual planning.

Parents and whānau are involved with teaching staff and other professionals, in developing an individual development plan (IDP) for their child. This IDP contains specific goals and strategies that will support communication outcomes and/or any other identified needs if required.

Find more information, visit the Te Whāriki website.