Philosophy Statement 2019

Environment

At Northland Community Preschool we understand the importance of providing an environment which nurtures and meets the needs of our tamariki, kaiako, and whānau. As a community preschool we work in partnership with one another to gain a holistic view of each child. Our Preschool welcomes everyone into a warm and calm environment where they will feel a strong sense of mana atua/ well-being and whanaungatanga/belonging. 

Learning opportunities

Our Preschool is focused on providing an environment full of rich learning opportunities guided by children’s interests and capabilities and extended on by kaiako. We provide a play based learning curriculum which encourages freedom to explore, independence, communication, manaakitanga, positive relationships, aroha and, of course, laughter and fun. As a mixed age Preschool, tuakana/teina relationships are integral to the way children learn within this physically, emotionally and culturally safe and supportive environment.

Teaching practices

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.  We celebrate Aotearoa New Zealand’s unique bicultural identity and will continue to grow and explore this together, representing it in our environment and teaching practices. 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 and professional development.

Aspirations for tamariki

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 of Northland Community Preschool leave us equipped with the tools, strategies, and values to support their future learning.