Children’s well being and development is at the HEART of everything we do !
This guiding principle sits alongside our philosophy and together these five statements guide the environment and the backdrop for our children’s care, learning and exploration.
- Teachers nurture te tamaiti with aroha and manaaki to grow their maia (courage), mana and knowledge.
- We build caring and meaningful relationships with our children, parents, and our whānau.
- Our teachers are friendly, approachable and knowledgeable 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.
Our teachers facilitate our children’s learning and development through thoughtful and intentional teaching. They are all very approachable and work closely with our families. Our teachers foster 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.
At Kidstown the natural world plays an integral part in our children’s learning, and our tamariki become kaitiaki (guardians) of our native environment and surroundings. The tamariki take an active part in caring for their own special place; showing respect and aroha for Papatūānuku and it’s living creatures. Children love to grow their own food and participate in the harvest and food preparation process. We have our own Kidstown animals, geckos, turtles, rabbits and frogs, which are cared for by the children. Through these experiences, our tamariki are learning to show responsibility, empathy, independence, consideration for others and how to pursue social justice.
Trips outside the centre are a very important part of our programme. On a regular basis the children are taken for walks up Mt wellington to extend their science, maths and physical activities. The children also regularly visit the local Bunnings store to purchase material they need for construction or nature play. Regular walks to the train station is another popular outing. All are within 500m of our centre.
Well-being | Children have a sense of well-being and resilience. Mana atua | Children understand their own mana atuatanga – uniqueness and spiritual connectedness.
Contribution | Children learn with and alongside others. Mana tangata | Children have a strong sense of themselves as a link between past, present and future
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