Our philosophy guides the environment and the backdrop for our children’s learning and exploration and helps create the atmosphere and milieu for the children’s care and wellbeing.
- We build strong relationships with children, parents, and our whanau.
- Our teachers are knowledgeable, friendly and approachable and love each child for who they are
- The natural environment plays an integral part in our children’s learning so we become guardians of our native environment and surroundings.
- Natural heritage is at the heart of our children’s learning and links are made to our centre pepeha with regular walks in our local community and to our maunga.
Well-being | Children have a sense of well-being and resilience. Mana atua | Children understand their own mana atuatanga – uniqueness and spiritual connectedness
Each child comes to us with their own unique story, one which we endeavour to learn, foster, support, document and celebrate. Our teaching curriculum is firmly cemented in our vision statement: Children’s wellbeing and development is at the HEART of every decision we make. Embedded in our philosophy and strong central teachings, we incorporate lifelong learning skills and resilience that will equip tamariki for their future learning journey when they transition from early childhood education to primary school and beyond.
Contribution | Children learn with and alongside others. Mana tangata | Children have a strong sense of themselves as a link between past, present and future
Ko te ahure te tamaiti arahia o tatou mahi – Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work. Each child is guided to develop at an individual pace according to his or her unique individual way of learning through an individual learning plan, which includes parent and whānau aspirations, involvement and collaboration. Kidstown uses Storypark to increase parent involvement and accessibility to their child’s learning. “The child is part of the whānau, and the whānau is part of the child, one cannot be separated” (Ministry of Education, 2009, p. 17). We strongly believe that the child’s parents and whānau are their first teachers and partnership with them ensures the optimal environment for the child’s development and learning journey. We value the strong links between the child’s home and the centre.
Our teachers are knowledgeable friendly and approachable and love each child for who they are
Our teachers are continuously growing and learning new knowledge of theories and practice through professional development and an internal mentoring and appraisal system. We see our kaiako as the key resource in our centre. They facilitate our children’s learning and development through thoughtful and intentional teaching. They are all very approachable and love each child for who they are. We work closely with the Ministry of Education, external agencies and our tamariki and whānau to implement effective strategies and plans to provide extra support if needed.
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