The environment we wish to create is one that feels like a home away from home. A positive place where children feel they belong, and where parents know their child is valued and respected as an individual and that their wellbeing is at the forefront of teaching practices.
We believe that children deserve the kind of respect that adults expect from one another. This means the child is at the centre of all interactions, routines, and teaching practices. Every child is treated with respect, they are active participants in care routines, and they know they have a place here. We strive to make learning visible so children, parents, whanau and visitors can see that their child’s contribution is valued and that children really are the centre of our philosophy.
We endeavour to provide an environment that provokes creativity, encourages children to think and wonder, challenges capabilities, and expands a child’s knowledge and understanding across a wide range of experiences. We believe education is about the process not necessarily the final product. We aim to create an aesthetically pleasing environment which creates a relaxed and reflective atmosphere for learning. The teacher’s role is one of observation; where children are given time to explore free from direct adult involvement but in the knowledge that they and their efforts are supported.
The child’s voice is valued where children are active participants in decision making and have the freedom of choice. There are not so much rules as expectations which are developed in collaboration with the children; the most important of which being respect for self, others, and our environment.
We acknowledge Te Whàriki, the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, as the framework for everything we do as teachers. “A Whariki woven by loving hands that can cross cultures with respect and can weave cultures together”. Something which we believe is very relevant for the bi-cultural heritage of Aotearoa and the multicultural world we live in today.
“Unstructured, open-ended play is where the magic of childhood happens. ” Alana Pace