Philosophy

Our Preschool welcomes tamariki, kaiako, and whānau into a warm and calm environment where they will feel a strong sense of mana atua/well-being and whanaungatanga/belonging.  


As a mixed age Preschool, we believe that tuakana/teina relationships are integral to the way children learn. We apply the concept of ‘ako’ (reciprocal learning and teaching) where kaiako and tamariki are both teaching and learning from each other. Our practice is guided by constant reflection and growth through our involvement in the wider ECE community, the latest research and professional development. 


We offer the highest quality education provided by fully qualified and registered teachers. Our play-based learning curriculum encourages freedom to explore, independence, communication, manaakitanga, positive relationships, aroha and, of course, laughter and fun! 


Our teaching practices are guided by the values of our community as well as the principles and learning outcomes outlined in New Zealand’s early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki, which is informed by the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and embedded into everything we do.  


Our aspirations for tamariki are for them to be happy, confident, resilient, keen learners who have a strong sense of whanaungatanga, and see themselves as valued members of their wider community. The tamariki leave Northland Community Preschool equipped with the tools, strategies, and values to support their future learning.