Ngā Kete Ako Kōhungahunga a SPCA | SPCA Early Learning Knowledge Baskets


Kete Tuatahi - All About Animals


This learning kete introduces tamariki to foundational knowledge about animals. Tamariki will be learning to identify and name a variety of different types of animals, their facial features and body parts. Tamariki will develop a connection between themselves, their bodies and the bodies of non-human animals. They will be exploring how to interact with and care for other living creatures and learn about life cycles. They will also have the opportunity to share their prior knowledge and experience of companion animals through a range of communication mediums.

Kete Tuarua - The Five Domains


Throughout this learning kete tamariki will be learning about their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of others, both human and non-human animals. Tamariki will develop a greater understanding of the key contributors of physical and mental wellbeing by exploring Te Whare Tapa Whā, Dr Mason Durie’s Māori model of hauora (wellbeing), and The Five Domains Model, an animal welfare guide used by SPCA to ensure animals have good welfare.  

Kete Tuatoru - Sentience


Research tells us the early childhood years are a critical time in a child’s social and emotional development. Throughout this learning kete tamariki will be exploring feelings and emotions, will learn strategies to help manage and regulate overwhelming feelings and will learn how to have positive interactions with others, both human and non-human animals. Tamariki will be introduced to key dog bite prevention tips and how to interact in a safe and positive way.