Our Philosophy

We believe in fostering an enjoyment of learning, through active exploration, child initiated play and experiences, and interaction with others.

We provide an environment where children are supported and encouraged to be independent and make their own choices, challenged to develop techniques to solve problems, as well as to care for others. Infants are active participants in their care and learning, are always shown respect, provided freedom to physically move and explore, and are given attention in a nurturing environment. Infants will be respected and supported with patience in reaching their developmental milestones in life.

We believe that children learn best in a trusting and co-operative relationship where everyone works ‘with’ each other on things rather than doing ‘to’. Educators and staff model appropriate behaviours by building positive reciprocal relationships using positive behaviour techniques, growth mindset messages which leads to growth and learning orientated behaviour. This creates a love of learning, a drive for growth and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishments. We believe that children learn alongside others in bicultural and Tuakana/Teina relationships and these opportunities will be fostered in an environment that caters to their interests and strengths.

We have caring and professional educators who work as a team by noticing, recognising and responding to children’s individual and group learning by documenting, making connections and revisiting their learning with them. Assessment for learning is through reflecting on children’s learning dispositions and Te Whāriki – New Zealand’s Early Childhood Curriculum. We believe it is important to work in partnership with children and whānau to provide the best possible care and education for everyone. We observe and plan experiences which extend on children’s emerging interests as these are relevant to their lives and their working theories aout the world around them, provide opportunities to develop lifelong learning opportunities and to involve the community in our programme.

We recognise the bicultural heritage of Aotearoa and are committed to incorporating bicultural practice and the principals of the Treaty of Waitangi in our Centre. We believe that cultural heritage is an important part of children’s sense of belonging; therefore we provide opportunities for them to experience their own and other cultures.

Our educators and staff are committed to professional development to support their own and children’s lifelong learning journeys.

REVIEWED May 2015

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