Active Explorers Cambridge Terrace is a centre that is uniquely situated on the top floor of the Harcourts building on Cambridge Terrace in Central Wellington. Being up here gives us and the children an exceptional view of our wonderful city.
Our centre environment encourages a collaborative and respectful approach between anyone who is involved with a child’s learning and development.
Our philosophy reflects our values as a centre, it shows our vision for children and whānau who are a part of our Active Explorers family.
We acknowledge the environment is an integral part of the children’s curriculum and this needs to be challenging, stimulating, safe and happy so that children can learn through their play.
Our centre fosters a warm, responsive, and reciprocal partnership between staff, whānau and children in which we value and respect the importance of whānau as first teachers and the prior knowledge that is brought into our centre on a daily basis.
Our centre prides itself on the relationships that we build with everyone that is part of each child’s educational journey. The children enjoy and look forward to their time in the centre, and the staff are always welcoming, happy, supportive and proactive. We celebrate and welcome cultural diversity, and tuakana- teina relationships and the uniqueness and experience that this brings to all of us.
Our centre is very safe and secure, and is centrally located - which is a safe haven for a lot of families who work in central Wellington.
Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
- John Dewey
Our centre fosters a warm responsive and reciprocal environment between staff, parents/whanau and children in which we value and respect the importance of parents as ‘first teachers’. Our centre environment encourages a collaborative and respectful approach between all parties involved with a child’s learning and development.
Our curriculum is based on the principles of the New Zealand early childhood curriculum Te Whariki He Whariki Matauranga mo nga Mokopuna o Aotearoa, this includes recognising, respecting and encompassing Tikanga Maori and the cultural diversity of our families; programme planning for individuals and groups (Both planned and spontaneous); Using Observation techniques to support and encourage the child/children’s learning and development through their interests and strengths. We respect the uniqueness and natural developmental progress of the individual child as we acknowledge each child develops at their own rate.
We embody the RIE and Pikler philosophies along with informed knowledge of all of our children through in-depth discussions parents/Whanau. For children under 2 we encourage the ‘Primary caregiving’ role which allows the child to form a trusting relationship with a key teacher in which creates a secure and safe environment in which they can explore and learn.
We acknowledge the environment is an integral part of the children’s curriculum and this needs to be challenging, stimulating, safe and happy so that children can learn through their play. The teachers play an integral role in which their practice reflects reciprocal responsive relationships with the children in a gentle and patient manner; growing in knowledge through professional development; allowing the children to be ‘active’ participants in the planning of the day; and partnerships between the home and centre affirmed allowing a sense of ‘belonging’ in which all families are actively encouraged to participate.