ACG Tauranga Early Learning school 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 Early Learning school 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 Early Learning school is committed to continued review and research into current theories and philosophies to make sure that it is always providing quality Early Childhood Education.


Embedded deeply within our teaching practice is a strong influence on respectful practice between parents, teachers and children. We strongly value relationships and strive to build these with each family member. We recognize children’s families as their first teachers. Building strong relationships allows authentic opportunities to know children’s passions, interests and strengths more deeply, therefore allowing us to respond to them and enhance learning outcomes for each individual child.

We are committed to best practice and have a shared passion and value for play-based learning. We provide engaging environments based on children’s interests and have a strong focus on learning dispositions – this allows children plenty of uninterrupted time to explore, inquire, think and learn.

We encourage the involvement of parents and whanau within our centre and embrace our whole school campus as our learning environment, community and family.

The principles of Te Whariki, The NZ Early Childhood Curriculum are at the core of our teaching practice: Empowerment, Holistic Development, Family and Community and Relationships.

“Grow up as 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)

NEW: Specialist subject classes

Shared Senior/ECE Teaching team

This year we are excited to start a new programme at early learning school, 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 early learning school.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Sport with Ms Francesca Traini (11.50am) Sport with Ms Francesca Traini (8.30am)   Science with Mrs Hezahne Prinsloo (9.20am)  
  Performing Arts with Mrs Dani Archer (10.10am)   Performing Arts with Mrs Dani Archer (10.10am)  

Below are our weekly Science classes with Specialist Science Teacher, Mrs Hezahne Prinsloo