Space for Learning
Whether it’s the construction of a sandcastle or a race through the playground, free-form play is an essential element to effective learning. For the Ruahine Kindergarten Association it’s also a big part of our teaching - encouraging learning through play. provide large spaces that encourage free play. Our outdoor environments include fixed structures, climbing frames, flying foxes and movable resources that children can manipulate, to create a complete sensory experience. These areas are designed with enough space to promote ball and running games. Research shows that unstructured play between children is a core factor in the development of young minds, encouraging children to set their own rules and limitations to their activity. It also aids with the nurture of lifelong values including well-being, belonging, contribution, communication and exploration - the strands of Te Wha- riki, the Ministry of Education’s early childhood curriculum. Our fully qualified teaching staff supervise and contribute to this learning. This ensures a safe environment where valuable childinitiated play takes place, both improving the minds of children and their all-important sense of community, relationships and empowerment. Ruahine Kindergarten’s wellresourced indoor and outdoor environments, across all 24 of our community-centred kindergartens, With Ruahine Kindergartens, the focus on holistic development through play-based learning assures wha-nau that children are getting the best possible start. Contact your local kindergarten today.