Our awarded invention

roots & shoots

Our award-winning and patented Roots and Shoots™ diagram is a clever Kiwi invention that uses biomimicry to give your child a head start in school. By visualising your child’s entire learning history and direction through a constantly evolving diagram, our model represents the “Roots” of your child’s hidden potential, interests, and skills absorbing nutrients from teachers, family, and the environment, and the “Shoots” that reveal the direction of your child’s skills and learning.

With our novel innovation, parents can visualise their child’s complete portfolio of learning stories and outcomes in a single view of a learning tree, an exclusive feature of our patented technology.

All our teachers (i.e. not just the key or group teacher) can also easily visualise all the interests and developing skills in your child’s preschool journey through our Roots and Shoots™ diagram, providing a level of insight and understanding that no other center or team of teachers can match.

It’s no surprise that this innovative technology has gained worldwide recognition, with hundreds of centers in New Zealand and other countries licensing it through our advanced parent portal. Every parent and teacher who has witnessed its development loves the potential benefits it holds for their child, providing a unique advantage by identifying their learning trends and developing interests and skills as early and accurately as possible.

what people think...

“Learning Roots & Shoots is an amazing concept. The colour coordinated roots makes seeing (my son’s) strengths and development areas instantly from the clusters of leaves or the absence of leaves on the shoots.”
Mrs Werner (Centre Parent)

“You have a really awesome way of sharing and communicating kids’ stories! Very impressed.”
Mrs Wheatcroft (Centre Parent)

“A useful and innovative framework for documenting children’s learning, interests, next steps and life contexts, which includes child and parent voice.”
Education Review Office

“Roots & Shoots makes my life as a teacher much easier. I can look back and link stories together as they are easily accessible and right in front of me when I’m on the computer writing a new story.”
Mrs Spencer, Registered Teacher

“This innovation demonstrates impressive collaboration between children, centre staff and parents…incorporating an effective blend of service and technology supporting a child’s learning.”
President of the NZ Early Childhood Council


Mānawatia a Matariki!