Inspiring Minds | Our Philosophy
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Our Philosophy

Relationships are the foundation of our philosophy at Inspiring Minds.

We use a Primary Care system where one kaiako takes sole responsibility for a tamariki, to help them settle into their new environment and to establish a relationship with that tamariki and their whānau.  Te Whāriki guides our curriculum and ensures that we respond to tamariki and their learning with intent. Alongside Te Whāriki our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi means we are always looking to be authentic in our incorporation of Te Ao Maori.

Tamariki are capable and competent learners, researchers, artists, and inventors. No tamariki is the same – therefore each tamariki is valued and loved for who they are and all that they bring within the context of their whānau, culture and our centre. The mana, mauri and wairua of your tamariki are at the forefront of all our interactions.

Tamariki deserve the respect that adults expect from one another. This means they are treated as an equal – they are active participants in our curriculum, care moments and rituals. We know that play is their work, and so we provide spaces, resources, and time for their work to unfold naturally. To make this visible, we document and share this learning through korero, Storypark, portfolios and our (private) Facebook group.

Our aesthetically pleasing environment provides a relaxed and reflective atmosphere for learning. It also prompts creativity; encourages tamariki to think and wonder; safely challenges capabilities; and expands their knowledge and understanding about life. We believe learning is about the process not necessarily the final product. The kaiako role is one of observation; where tamariki are trusted and empowered to explore in the knowledge that they and their efforts are supported.

We trust tamariki to lead their own learning, empowering them by offering choices and respecting their decisions.  Where needed we have clear, consistent boundaries to keep ourselves, others, and our environment safe.

We use compassion to guide the way.

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about inspiring minds

“Unstructured, open-ended play is where the magic of childhood happens. ” Alana Pace