PHILOSOPHY

We believe children learn and develop in an early childhood environment where the teacher has a respectful image of children as being competent and capable.  The teacher’s role is a co-researcher and co-constructor in the learning process, enabling children to explore, question, reflect, problem solve, theorise and express themselves. 

We value the collaborative relationships that we have with parents and welcome participation in the learning process. 

Our aim is for children to 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 WHAARIKI

Our programmes are founded on the guiding principles of Te Whaariki 'the woven mat' – the early childhood curriculum of the Ministry of Education.  These principles are used to weave your child's learning journey - empowerment, holistic development, family, whaanau & community, and relationships.

We observe the individual child’s needs, interests and strengths and plan activities based around these.  Each child is guided to develop at an individual pace according to his or her unique, individual way.  

TE TIRITI O WAITANGI AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY

Our centre promotes the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, bicultural learning and celebrates cultural diversity.

We use Te Reo Maaori and tikanga in daily routines and work in partnership with whaanau to enhance the learning experience of tamariki.

We have teachers that speak a range of languages (Samoan, Nuiean, Hindi, Chinese) who share their cultures with the children in planned learning and everyday interactions.

SCHOOL READINESS

We prepare our four year olds for transitioning to school with a structured learning programme designed to foster literacy and language skills.  Alongside these skills, we enable children to prepare for school by encouraging self-care skills such as dressing, toileting, and managing a lunchbox as well as developing social skills that assist when exploring the big world of primary school.

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