Infants & Toddlers
Ngaio: Birth - 18 months
Taupata: 18 months - 2.5 years
Respect is at the cornerstone of our interactions. We demonstrate respect by making eye contact, inviting the children, offering them to make choices, spending quality time through routines and providing full attention through interactions. We value building strong relationships with our families and whānau.
Our environment is our third teacher and we demonstrate tikanga māori and bi-culturalism in our practice. We foster children’s empowerment, trust and fun through our routines and encouraging self-help skills. We are inspired by the RIE (Resources for Infant Educarer) philosophy, Reggio Emilla and Te Whāriki (our New Zealand Early Childhood curriculum).
A strong focus of ours is free and natural movement. We believe that children should not be put in positions that they are unable to get into or out of themselves, hence we do not use high chairs. We also believe children will develop at their own pace. We provide open ended resources which allow children to explore with infinite possibilities. Children need to learn to experience possibilities for themselves, we can’t give children experiences.
Manuka: 2.5 - 3.5 years
Kanuka: 3.5 - 5 years
We value developing meaningful relationships with young children and their families and we encourage and support young children to develop these relationships with one another as well. We inspire young children to become independent through developing self-help and problem solving skills, such as serving themselves at meal times and taking part in caring for our learning environment.
Children are provided with uninterrupted time to play as they develop their enquiry and exploration skills, giving them opportunities to develop their natural curiosity and questioning of the world around them. Outdoor play is valued and we believe in the importance of children developing their large motor skills and challenging themselves physically as they develop their pre literacy and numeracy skills and the ability to concentrate at a task for a sustained period of time.
We value all cultures and the richness their diversity brings. Te Reo and Tikanga Māori are incorporated into our daily practice to ensure all children have the best possible start to their future learning journey.