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Our preschool curriculum and philosophy

ACG Tauranga Preschool uses the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum Te Whāriki as the basis of its program development. With its four guiding principles woven neatly together with the five strands, Te Whāriki provides a strong basis for holistic teaching in all areas of learning.


ACG Tauranga Preschool combines New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum Te Whāriki with current research and theory on child development to create an emergent curriculum that is play based and works alongside children’s learning dispositions. ACG Tauranga Preschool is committed to continued review and research into current theories and philosophies to make sure that it is always providing quality Early Childhood Education.


Sustain ourselves
Sustain our relationships
Sustain our environment


Our philosophy is very close to our hearts. Before anyone can build a relationship, first we must learn to take care of ourselves. Through support, building knowledge and respect we are looking after ourselves. We role model this to our children through their care routines, eating, sleeping being sun smart and building resilience.

It is of the upmost importance to us as a centre to sustain all of our relationships with children, whanau, families, our team and the wider community. It is then that a true working partnership can grow. When we are able to understand parental aspirations and goals for children we then can work alongside the child providing a wrap around curriculum through their personal interests and true passions.

Our environment plays a large role in our curriculum and day to day centre life. For us to make our environment as sustainable as we can is our life time goal. To teach and show children how to grow and look after a garden is a process, planting, weeding, composting, and gathering fruit. It is important that we teach process and we can do this through so many avenues. Reusing and repurposing is just important we are passionate in loose parts and junk play – here the true creative mind will grow.


“Competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society.” (Te Whāriki, 2017)

NEW: Specialist subject classes

Shared Senior/ECE Teaching team

This year we are excited to start a new programme at preschool, partnering with five of our senior college teachers who will be providing weekly sessions for our children.

We are so privileged to belong to a whole school campus and this new programme encompasses our strong values on community, relationships and our inclusive curriculum for all our learners here at preschool.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Science with Brent Smith (10.20am) Performing arts with Dani Miller (10.10am) Science with Hezahne Prinsloo (1.40pm) Sports with Francesca Traini (9.30am) Art with Leana Buxton (9.20am)
Performing arts with Dani Miller (1.40pm)

Visit us

We welcome all families to come and visit our preschool at any time.