Our Philosophy

Our children/tamariki, families/whānau and the teaching team of qualified passionate and professional teachers/kaiako form a warm, rich, caring and diverse community of learners that is supported through a service continually striving for high quality care and education.

In partnership with parents / whānau / children / tamariki / teachers / kaiako we are committed in providing an integrated and comprehensive programme which encompasses the holistic learning and development of each child/tamariki individually in our socially rich, well resourced and multicultural environments. This is enhanced through our teaching philosophies, our early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki and a Reggio Emilia approach to learning in a stimulating, spacious and natural environment that allows children/tamariki to explore and engage in experiences that they plan and carry out. Emergent curriculum and learning stories are unique parts that make up our learning programmes where children/tamariki are recognised and valued as individuals, where responsiveness to the needs and interests of children/tamariki are implemented and planned for alongside and with children/tamariki, parents/whānau and teachers/kaiako.

 We are committed to empowering children/tamariki within our service to embrace their future by using the principles and strands of Te Whāriki, the Early Childhood Curriculum that holds the aspirations 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.”

 We seek to complement the important role of families/whānau by developing respectful partnerships. We value and respect the unique knowledge and contributions of whānau in the decision making process around their child/tamiriki care and education in developing children/tamariki to reach their full potential.

As teachers/kaiako we work together as a professional team. We celebrate each other’s differences and contributions through open communication, being supportive and respectful while embracing challenge. We are active participators in continuing professional learning to ensure that the learning for children/tamariki is effective. We are committed to on-going centre evaluation, self-review to ensure we are meeting the needs and learning aspirations of our children/tamariki/teacher/kaiako and parents/whānau.

This philosophy statement is regularly reviewed in our service to find out how well they relate to practices and to ensure they reflect the values and beliefs of everyone involved. This is an ongoing process as we believe that philosophies evolve over time, as new teachers/kaiako join our service as new families/whānau and children/tamariki become involved in our service and through the direction of the services vision and strategic planning.

           Owner/Director: Kathryn Palliser



   Senior Teacher: Ngaire Gilbert



Support Teacher: Peyton


TdWq3358718.jpgOur Curriculum/Programme

The Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whaariki is founded on the aspirations 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.

Early Childhood Curriculum please refer to this link:


Our Early Childhood Programme is inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy. The Reggio Emilia philosophy views every child as strong and competent and encourages us to embrace each child's strengths, interests and differences through documentation of their thoughts, ideas, theories and learning processes. The documentation of these aspects gives the child a feeling of empowerment and a sense of pride in them selves as capable of constructing their own knowledge.

Reggio Emilia please refer to this link