Relationships are at the heart of everything we believe in
Through connecting with the world around them, children can discover and nurture the essence of their own being.
Collaborative partnerships within our community, aim to foster a shared language of love, kindness and respect, allowing us to know our families and nourish their cultural identity.
Through an environment rich in authentic relationships, children are emotionally fulfilled and ready to delight in a journey of learning and self-discovery.
We believe curiosity is the driving force of learning
Thoughtfully questioning individuals who are passionately curious, playfully resourceful and relentless in their quest for understanding, are who we believe will leave a positive footprint on the world.
Curiosity is fostered through an environment rich in opportunities, time and space, and nurtured by loving teachers.
We are born with multiple intelligences, and multiple ways of expressing ourselves, and we believe in empowering children to explore and embrace these through their learning journey.
We believe in nourishing the earth, to in turn nourish our bodies.
Nutritional health and physical well-being are nurtured in our community, through our sustainability efforts and nutritionist-approved menus.
Wholesome meals are lovingly prepared for our growing children. In growing our own gardens we are learning how to nourish our bodies and live sustainably, while fostering connections with the land and respect for the earth.
As with our Centre Philosophy, our learning programme is underpinned by Te Whāriki, The New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, and recognises the uniqueness of The Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti o Waitangi). We acknowledge that the Treaty is seen as a commitment to Māori and all other New Zealanders living together in the spirit of honourable relationships, with the promise to work together in partnership, participation and protection. We are dedicated and committed to honouring the Treaty, and we place significant importance on being an Early Childhood Education service that weaves core kaupapa Māori into our own core values and centre philosophy.
We draw inspirational influence from the work of Pennie Brownlee and from the teachings of Reggio Emilia, Italy. The natural environment is important to us, hence we have started our own sustainability journey and include these practices into our learning programme. This includes growing our own vegetable and herb gardens, fruit trees, worm farms, compost bins, and collecting rain water. We view the environment as a crucial element in triggering children’s curiosity. We take pride in our environments by thoughtfully considering the use of space, colour, light, learning resources and by creating beautiful invitations for children to explore and navigate through their play. We provide an abundance of natural and authentic resources offering unlimited learning experiences for the children.
Our beautiful villa houses three thoughtfully designed indoor learning spaces catering to different age groups and developmental levels of children. These rooms are fondly named Sweet Peas, Bluebells and Cherry Blossoms, and each have an adjoining outdoor play area. The Sweet Peas have their own separate outdoor area, and the Bluebells and Cherry Blossoms Rooms share 2 large outdoor spaces. Our outside cottage houses our Atelier room (Art room).
Sweet Peas Room
Our Sweet Peas enjoy a peaceful, unhurried learning environment, where primary caregiving, ensures all interactions are filled with kindness, consideration, and respect. Two teachers will be assigned to each child in the Sweet Peas Room to complete the majority of all care rituals from feeding, changing, settling to sleep and daily transitions into the room. This creates a consistent, and nurturing atmosphere for each baby, where their natural rhythm and routine is followed. Intimate and trusting relationships are important for our babies and their emotional well-being.
The partnership between the teachers and the child’s family is a collaboration of care and a way of ensuring that we fulfill the family’s aspirations for their child. We treasure each child; their gifts, passions, and curiosities, and make work out of knowing each child deeply. We have a familiar rhythm each day, creating a safe and predictable environment for our youngest children to blossom and grow.
Our Sweet Peas enjoy an open-plan room filled with natural light, and an indoor-outdoor flow into their beautiful playground. A separate sleep room with calming music allows for a peaceful slumber. Enriched with an array of open-ended natural, cultural and play resources, our babies are empowered to explore the wonderful world around them, whether independently or with their friends.