Our Philosophy
& Curriculum

“Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn. ”
~ O. Fred Donaldson

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Our Philosophy – Rapunga Whakaaro

Our tamariki, whānau and the teaching team of qualified passionate and professional kaiako form a mahana (warm), taonga (rich/treasured), aroha (loving) and diverse community of learners that is supported through a service continually striving for high quality tiaki and matauranga/ care and education.


In partnership with mahi (parents), whānau, tamariki and teachers, we are committed to whanaungatanga and mana ake – providing an integrated and comprehensive programme which encompasses the holistic learning and development of each child individually in our socially rich, well resourced and multicultural environments. This is enhanced through our our mana, our manawanui, our ako, our early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki, and a Reggio Emilia approach to learning in a stimulating, spacious and natural environment. This environment is one that allows tamariki to explore and engage in experiences that draws upon ako forming inquiry.

We are committed in empowering tamariki within our service by actively promoting hiranga (excellence and achievement). Through kaitiakitanga practices, moemoea reflects and values whanau contributions, enhancing growth, opportunities and the aspirations to reach full potential in both tamariki and kaiako. This will be evident through their valued contributions to society.

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

As kaiako (teachers), we work together as a professional team. We tatou whakanui (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 tamariki is effective. We are committed to on going centre evaluation and self-review to to promote improved outcomes, needs and learning aspirations of our akonga, kaiako and whanau.




Our Curriculum

The Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whāriki 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.


The Reggio Emilia Approach

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.

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