The Educators believe that children learn and develop in an early childhood environment where they are happy and secure. We believe that the quality of the physical environment is essential to the well-being of the children and staff and that coupled with a quality educational programme, the parents will be confident that the choices they have made for their child’s education and care are the right ones. We also believe that quality Early Childhood experiences promote the development of the child and will increase the opportunity for success through the child’s life.
We believe that all members of the learning community are unique and are born with immense potential to learn and develop at their own pace. Through creating home like environments, we strive to support learners to make strong connections between their home and the centre. Education is the foundation for all learners to engage in ongoing learning pathways and prepares them to actively contribute as 21st century citizens.
The development of social competence skills is integral in all that we do and is reflected in the importance we place on relationships and working collaboratively. We encourage risk taking and see mistakes as opportunities to learn and grow resilience.
We recognise learners’ identity first and foremost as a member of their family, valuing all cultures and embracing the richness and diversity that these bring. We seek to honour the Treaty of Waitangi and actively incorporate our three national languages, English, Māori and NZ Sign Language into our everyday practice.
Children have opportunities to be involved in a rich library of open ended learning experiences, along with un-interrupted time to play, that supports the development of creativity and imaginative play. Early literacy and numeracy concepts are intentionally integrated into a wide range of learning opportunities.
Health and sustainability are key elements of our curriculum and this is reflected through a mind, body and soul approach to the whole food menu that we offer, the animals we care for and the gardens we keep.
Celebrating learning, achievements and significant events are an important aspect of our programme.