What We Do
At Active Explorers Blockhouse Bay we are committed to working in partnership with parents to meet the needs of each child. Our goal is to provide a stimulating and caring childcare environment in which each child is respected as an individual, treated with acceptance and kindness and positively encouraged and assisted in their endeavors.
Running our childcare centre in Blockhouse Bay is our professional teaching team. We believe that children learn best through play and provide opportunities for children to make their own choices and to participate in structured activities. Our planned programme is based on Te Whariki – the National Early Childhood Curriculum Document.
The following 6 words describe our philosophy and guide us when developing our programmes.
Independence and care
Independence – Children will develop new skills that will enable them to increase their independence. We will give them experiences and routines that will develop this independence. There will be opportunities for independent exploration and movement. We encourage self-help and self-care skills.
Care – We care about each child and want to develop them as individuals. We believe parents are the most important people in a child’s life. Staff and parents should learn and work together. By using respect and communication the staff and parents work to make the child’s early learning experience a positive one that will last a lifetime.
Potential and culture
Potential – Is about seeing something special and developing this in each individual. It is about learning and growing with a positive attitude. It is about problem solving and taking risks. It is nurturing strengths and talents in a safe environment.
Culture – Is about valuing the history and traditions of our people. We value diversity and acknowledge the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. We promote the language and symbols of their own culture alongside this.
Community and learning
Community – It is about having a sense of belonging and pride in our place. It is about building partnerships. It is about engaging with others and connecting to the wider world. We honor our commitment to involving the wider community and the importance of parents/whanau in decision making. We strive to create a welcoming and supportive environment.
Learning – We recognise the first years of a child’s life as the time of the most rapid acquisition of knowledge and understanding of the world around them. Play is an important avenue for learning and for enjoyment. Children learn through active involvement in play, using all their senses. Learning through play helps formulate healthy experiences for children. Children will learn early maths and literacy skills. Learning is a lifelong, enjoyable, and challenging experience.