Te Kura

Early Childhood

Our early childhood programme is based on Te Whāriki, the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum Framework.

We will work with you and any other people involved in supporting your child’s development and well-being to create the right programme for your child.

Each posting of work and materials is aimed at achieving a particular learning goal. Learning goals are based on your child’s interests and abilities, and your family’s situation and lifestyle. The goal may expand on your child’s current interests, or stimulate a new area of learning.

Your child’s teacher will want feedback on what your child says and does, and on their challenges and progress. This feedback helps them choose learning goals and materials to send in future postings. Your child’s teacher is a trained, registered early childhood professional, but you know your child best. We are most effective when we work together.

For more information, check out our early childhood Facebook page, or read a testimonial from Alayne Kirk, who has had two students enrolled in our early childhood programme.


Each posting you receive contains resources for you and learning materials for your child. You can keep most of the resources we send out and continue to use them with your child. You'll receive books, puzzles, games, construction sets, audio CDs, DVDs and CD-ROMs, posters and other learning materials. We’ll tell you which resources you need to return.

Parent resources include leaflets, posters, audio CDs and DVDs. They have information about child development and parenting issues, and ideas for play activities and learning experiences for your child. Young children need lots of practice, so use these ideas again and again. You will notice differences in the way your child approaches an activity as they develop.

We also have a early childhood website with stories, music and activities to share with your child.

Your role

Supervising your child’s early childhood education includes:

  • reading the teacher’s letters and listening to any recorded messages the teacher sends
  • reading the books to your child often
  • encouraging and supporting your child when they use the learning materials
  • filling in the comments sheet that accompanies a posting
  • returning postings regularly.

Every posting you receive has a letter or recorded message from the teacher, who will want to hear back from you. Your letters, phone calls and emails make children come alive for their teachers.

Tell your child’s teacher if your home address, phone number, fax number or email address changes. If your child no longer needs to be enrolled with us, please tell the teacher as soon as possible. You can email your child’s teacher using this format: firstname.surname@tekura.school.nz or contact us via post, telephone or fax.

Returning work

Postings will be sent for your child to use for up to four weeks. When you return a posting:

  • include any learning materials listed as being on loan only
  • complete and return the comments sheet
  • send in photos of your child and samples of their artwork to help your teacher get to know your child better
  • wrap items to be returned in plastic bags to protect them before putting them in the posting bag
  • use the address card provided, making sure the freepost address details are clearly visible. Seal the posting bag securely with tape.

Moving on

Most children start school at age five, but they don’t have to start until they are six years old. If you choose to keep your child enrolled with us after their fifth birthday, please tell your child’s teacher.