Our philosophy embodies the principles of the New Zealand early childhood curriculum (Te Whariki He Whariki Matauranga mo nga Mokopuna o Aotearoa - The Strands of the Woven Web for the Children of New Zealand).
Te Whariki He Whariki Matauranga mo nga Mokopuna o Aotearoa
We believe that any environment children come into contact with has a powerful impact on what they learn about themselves, the people and the world around them. We believe our children require the freedom to explore the environment in a calm and peaceful atmosphere.
Following the principles of primary caregiving, we promote respect, love, and trust with our children. By providing a key teacher to each child, we enable the child to develop a trusting relationship with the teacher, which supports trusting relationships with other teachers and children. Respectful, reciprocal and sensitive relationships support children’s autonomy, self-regulation, positive sense of self, self-motivation, sense of fun and ability to cope with change.
We believe and engage in ongoing significant professional development and the sharing of knowledge with each other and the families/whānau of the centre. Teachers attend scheduled meetings sharing knowledge and engaging in reflective practice as well as discussing programme planning for each child. Through Te Whāriki, observation and discussion, teachers enhance opportunities to build children’s learning dispositions and working theories.
We incorporate the Treaty of Waitangi with Te Reo Maori, tikanga and an extensive use of natural resources throughout our day. We celebrate cultural diversity fully at the Centre with music, language, and cultural events. To know the family culture of a child is to fully understand the family/whānau’s aspirations, needs and beliefs for their child.
Our children, families/ whānau and the teaching team form a warm, rich and diverse community of learners that is supported within the wider University of Canterbury.
We recognise that our unique bicultural heritage is founded in the Treaty of Waitangi and that our children have a right to experience the languages, music, art and stories of the cultures of Aotearoa. We welcome, value and respect the diversity within our Centre regardless of ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic status, or gender differences.
We seek to complement the important role of whānau by developing respectful partnerships. We value and respect the unique knowledge and contributions of whānau in the decision making process around their child’s care and education.
We provide an environment that fosters warm and respectful relationships, where children enjoy a sense of security and belonging, and have an emergent curriculum that encourages and empowers them to learn through free play, both independently and alongside their peers and teachers. We view children are viewed as individuals who are supported by caring adults to reach their full potential. The programme is based on the interest of each child and aims to encourage the children to be self-motivated learners by creating the foundation for life-long learning.
Our cohesive and dedicated teaching team provides a quality teaching and learning environment by developing and sustaining supportive staff relationships where we share and value individual and collective knowledge. We are committed to ongoing professional development and to maintaining a high level of trained and registered teachers thus ensuring we offer a high quality programme.
Enrol your child with ECLC
To arrange a visit or to find out about vacancies at the Centre please contact us.