Philosophy/Mātauranga Mātāpono

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

Our children, parents/whanau 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 whanau by developing respectful partnerships.  We value and respect the unique knowledge and contributions of whanau 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. 

We have an emergent curriculum that encourages and empowers children to learn through free play both independently and alongside their peers and teachers.  Children are viewed as individuals and are supported by caring adults to reach their full potential.  The programme is based on the interest of the child.  Its aim is to encourage children to be self motivated learners by creating the foundation for life long learners.painting

Our cohesive and dedicated teaching team provides a quality teaching and learning environment by developing and sustaining supportive staff relationships where individual and collective knowledge is shared and valued.

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.

We are committed to on-going centre evaluation to ensure we are meeting the needs of our children and whanau.


Updated May 2011