Philosophy

The Children’s Garden aims to provide a programme where the child’s development is nurtured through experiences and opportunities that will awaken their senses, stimulate their imagination and creativity by fostering an enquiring mind and a love of learning.We seek to support and instil a sense of value and self-worth in each child as well as an acceptance and understanding of the many cultures which make up our wider community.
Our teachers are qualified professionals who are kind, responsive and fun. We guide and support learning through play-based explorations and experiences. We also place importance on our bush kindy, garden to plate, sustainability, community visits and our transition to school visits.
We acknowledge the importance of a close family and community spirit where whanau feel an inclusive sense of belonging and enjoy being part of a collaborative community to support our children.
We aim to provide an environment which feels homely and safe, encourages good self-care, healthy eating practices, physical activity, care and empathy for all creations.
We believe children learn best where there is predictability and each child feels loved, nurtured, valued and safe. Learning through play encourages resourcefulness, creativity and critical thinking.


Our environment stimulates wonder, curiosity and a love for learning and enquiring. We provide carefully thought out resources and areas utilising natural and recycled materials and loose parts, encouraging imagination, creativity and problem solving, to foster the next generation of innovative leaders.
We are committed to bi-cultural practice, actively engaging in respectful working relationship with all learners and their whanau (Whanaungatanga), promoting Tuakana/Teina (peer support), and reflecting Tikanga through an inclusive programme.
Our learning and teaching is underpinned by Te Whariki (New Zealand’s Early Childhood Curriculum) where it is visible and supports each child’s interests and development. These are documented in a variety of ways through the principles: Empowerment (Whakamana), Holistic Development (Kotahitanga), Family and community (Whanau Tangata) and Relationships (Nga Hononga).


We value our collective goal to nurture and grow responsible, respectful and caring life-long learners.