Philosophy

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The Children’s Garden aims to provide a programme where the academic, artistic and social aspects of a child’s development are nurtured through experiences and opportunities which will awaken their senses, stimulating their imagination and creativity, fostering an enquiring mind and a love of learning.

We seek to instil a sense of value and self-worth in all our children as well as an acceptance and understanding of the many cultures which make up our society.

Our programme will include learning based on Te Whariki (New Zealand’s Early Childhood Curriculum) where learning is visible, supports children’s interests and is documented in a variety of ways.

“We are committed to bi-cultural practice, actively engaging in respectful working relationship with Maori learners and their whanau (whanaungatanga), promoting tuakana/teina (peer support), and reflecting tikanga through the programme.”

We believe in learning through play and encourage resourcefulness and lateral thinking by providing open-ended resources and activities utilising natural materials and objects wherever possible.

We aim to provide an environment which feels homely and safe, encourages good self care , healthy eating practices and physical activities which fosters care and empathy for all other beings.

We will include regular excursions into nature as part of our programme planning and weekly routines, to support our belief that time spent in natural environments is an essential experience in early childhood.

We believe children learn best where there are clear rules and boundaries and where they feel loved, cared for, valued and safe.

Our teachers will be positive role models, guiding and supporting learning through the use of home and garden based activities, for example, sweeping, gardening, cooking, building cubbies, looking after animals, singing, listening to stories and helping to prepare the meals. They will be responsive to the developmental phases of childhood, recognising and catering for the individuality of each child.

We acknowledge the importance of a close family and community spirit where whanau are involved in decision making and have an opportunity to share their skills in the programme therefore supporting the children’s learning and assisting in the building of close relationships with our local schools.

Our goal is to deliver responsible, respectful, caring, life-long learners ready to embrace and make the most of their school years.