What We Do
We are committed to the principles, practices and outcomes outlined in Te Whariki, New Zealand’s early childhood curriculum. We align ourselves with the aim to support children to grow up as…
Competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge, that they make a valued contribution to society.
Active Explorers believe that play is a child’s work. We provide children with opportunities for uninterrupted play and offer resources and responsive environments that are deliberately designed to create provocations for play. These environments allow children to pursue their interests, develop independence and autonomy to move at a pace that suits them whilst promoting creativity exploration, imagination and learning dispositions such as perseverance, resilience and risk taking.
As a team, we respectfully acknowledge Te Tiriti o Waitangi and aim to incorporate the principles ‘Partnership, Protection and Participation’ into practice and processes. We are committed to Biculturalism, valuing and incorporating Maori perspectives and knowledge alongside the use of Te Reo and Tikanga Maori.
We acknowledge and recognise the importance of developing secure, trusting and respectful reciprocal relationships with children, parents, families, whanau and each other. We believe that these meaningful and nurturing relationships are the foundation for all further learning.
Working together collaboratively is important to the team at Action Explorers. We share information, seek idea’s, value each other’s contributions and support one another wherever possible. A strong and stable team will build a strong and positive culture of support and collaboration.
We are committed to developing and maintaining partnerships with parents, recognising them as a child’s ‘first teacher’. We value and welcome regular consultation in all areas, which strengthens the teaching and learning process for children and ensures teachers are effectively supporting parents’ aspirations and goals for their child.
We acknowledge how important effective communication is to all relationships within our Centres, and use a variety of ways to consult with parents, families, whanau and the local community. As a teaching team, we value and promote respectful conversations that resolve issues professionally and promptly, challenge perspectives, provide feedback, clarify, reflect or to question. Communication is transparent with positive intentions always at the heart.
We are committed to continuous quality improvement and ongoing professional development and self-review. This ensures we have the most up to date knowledge, engaging in ‘best practice’ and participating in reflective conversations around key areas of our professional sector. This also supports accountability for all teachers.