About Us - Inspiring Minds
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About Us

At Inspiring Minds all teachers work five days, to ensure that strong relationships with children are established and nurtured. The centre has three rooms consisting of up to 8 infants, 8 toddlers and 16 three and four year olds. There are two teachers in each room ensuring quality care is maintained. All teachers hold a current teacher registration and have many years experience.

The infant and toddler programme at Inspiring Minds is inspired by the practice of Emmi Pikler and Magda Gerber. This practice is based on respect. We allow children the time, space, freedom, and support to be themselves and discover the world in their own way. Relationships are the foundation of all that we do at Inspiring Minds. We use a primary care system where one teacher takes sole responsibility for a child to help them settle into their new environment and to establish a relationship with that child and their whanau. This system of primary care builds a strong relationship between child and teacher adding to the security a child feels within this environment. When a child feels secure they feel confident to play and learn. Click here to view the infant and toddler practice pamphlet.

Our Philosophy

Relationships are the foundation of our philosophy and teaching practices at Inspiring Minds. Children are seen as capable and competent learners, researchers, artists and inventors. No child is the same therefore each child is valued and respected as an individual, within the context of their family/whanau and culture.

 

Our Curriculum

Te Whariki is the national early childhood curriculum that guides the practice at Inspiring Minds. Our philosophy is influenced by the practices of Reggio Emilia in Italy and Emmi Pikler. Reggio Emilia is where the social–emotional environment is intricately related to what the Italians call “the image” of the child, teacher, parents, and the teaching and learning process.

 

Our People

Meet our dedicated team, together we aim to build strong relationships that inspire friendship, partnership and develop a sense of community. We endeavour to develop a ‘home away from home’ feeling for your family in our small and intimate environment.

 

“Knowledge is experience. Everything else is information” Albert Einstein