Excursions are a major part of our curriculum at Tots On The Rock and as such we get out of the centre most days of the week in small groups. We value the learning
experiences that arise from connections with the outside world and external community.
Regular weekly excursions include trips to Waiheke Library where we join in with the story time and socialise with other children from the community, and also get to
choose our own books to take back to the centre.
Wriggle and Rhyme, is also hosted by Waiheke Library, our under 2 Tots attend most weeks. We often head up to our local park, Alison Park, to have a kick about with the ball, enjoy a nature walk and look after the fruit trees we have planted.
We get out and about in Oneroa, talking about symbols and signs in our community, visiting the shops, stocking up on our fruit & veg, and developing knowledge about physical or spiritual features relevant to our community.
The value of excursions to the centre program and to the children is substantial, as the discoveries made on excursions can then be extended and elaborated on as further points for exploration and learning. Benefits of excursions include, but are not limited to:
Excursions are a fantastic medium for children and adults to learn alongside each other and make discoveries together. Children and adults develop a shared understanding through sharing knowledge, listening and talking to each other.
- Observing social systems and the roles people play
- Furthering language and literacy skills
- Developing problem solving skills
- Empowering children to confidently explore Papatuanuku (mother earth)
- Making sense of the world around them
- Cooperation and responsibility
- Keeping themselves safe; crossing roads, looking both ways and general road safety awareness
- Discovering nature and its benefits and developing a relationship with it