Our starting point is the emergent curriculum which is built from the interests of the children. Teachers work together to plan the possible directions of a project, the resources required, and possible parent and/or community involvement. Learning is intentional and thought-provoking for our ākonga. Throughout a project, teachers help children make decisions about what, how and why they want to learn about the topic. Teachers use sight, smell, sound, touch to teach concepts, which gives children a deep understanding through their experiences. Group work is viewed as a vital component of learning, and children are encouraged to talk, critique, compare, negotiate, hypothesize, and problem solve throughout the project. The relationship and collaboration with the home, the centre and the community all support the learning of the child. We are strongly influenced by the Reggio Emilia approach to learning and guided by Te Whariki the New Zealand curriculum. At Sweet Pea, we also incorporate the philosophies of Malaguzzi, Pikler, Howard Gardner and Gerber to enhance our curriculum.