TELC offers a child-centred programme which is based on careful observations to establish where each child’s strengths and interests lie. Our programme is grounded in the principles of Te Whāriki, the New Zealand Early Childhood curriculum, and its strands which are woven throughout:


Mana Atua


Mana Reo


Mana Whenua


Mana Aoturoa


Mana Tangata

We are committed to providing a Bicultural curriculum and honouring our obligations under Tiriti o Waitangi. We celebrate diversity and embrace each child’s unique cultural heritage and whakapapa.

We believe that play is central to children’s learning and development, and the benefits of spontaneous play are highly valued. Our rich learning environment promotes discovery and creativity. Children are natural born explorers and make their own unique discoveries, as they explore and learn about the world around them. By encouraging children to lead their own learning, and supporting their interests we empower them to become life-long, independent and confident learners.

Circle Time

Our tamariki in the Tui and Taniwha groups come together for a circle time each morning and share music, singing, news and story-telling. It is a special time to develop children’s Mana whenua/Belonging at the centre and relationships/connectedness with one another. This is followed by hand-washing and singing Karakia (blessing) before eating kai.

Transition to school programme

We celebrate and nurture a strong Community of Learning for our tamariki as they prepare for their important transition to school. Four year olds have regular visits to Twizel Area School where they visit the classrooms, library and playground to familiarise themselves with the school environment, programme and staff. We support parents and whānau to be involved in the transition process, to ensure a smooth and comfortable transition for everybody.

‘Kea’ Learning Time Group

When our tamariki turn four they become part of the ‘Kea group’, which is an extension group aimed at promoting and extending the skills and dispositions required for successful participation at school. Led by a primary trained teacher it focuses on activities which promote numeracy, literacy, key competencies and higher level thinking skills.