We have a strong preschool education philosophy which inspires and educates

Our early childhood philosophy is based around the fact that children learn more while they are having fun, so we have heaps of cool activities they can do!

At YMCA Manurewa Early Learning Centre, it is important to us that children develop a positive self-image and self-help skills, become good communicators and develop an early understanding of maths concepts.

As part of our early childhood philosophy, we also want them to experience the real world and develop an awareness of the environment through frequent visits to local bush area and national park space, experience success through thought provoking provocations, and learn to be kind to one another.

We have amazing teachers who strive to deliver our preschool education philosophy, in order for each child to have an educational, exciting experience with us.

Book a visit


Our curriculum empowers the child to learn and grow through supporting them to become interactive learners and constructors of knowledge. Within the centre we believe that our children will develop independently with guidance and support from our teachers. The children will be given opportunities and empowered regularly through daily learning experiences. Staff will be aware of the development levels of the children and use this information to foster each child’s self confidence. Our staff use positive and encouraging language and wherever possible, the children are encouraged to make choices and decisions and set their own learning goals.

Kotahitanga|Holistic Development

Our curriculum reflects the holistic way that children learn and grow through acknowledging them as unique free-spirited individuals. Our teachers are proactive about introducing children to various cultures and are expected to be respectful of the beliefs of individual families. The teachers at YMCA Early Learning Centre Manurewa are constantly working to provide an environment that is interactive, age appropriate stimulating and safe.

Whanau Tangata|Family& Community

The wider world of family and community is an integral part of our curriculum and we foster active participation from all three protagonists. At YMCA Early Learning Centre Manurewa we believe that the inclusion of family and the community are an integral part of the positive development of a child. Our teachers take the children into the community where possible and are aware of the resources that are available in the community to support the centre, children and families.

Nga Honoga|Relationships

Children learn through responsive and reciprocal relationships with people, places and things and we encourage the participation in meaningful relationships. The staff at YMCA Early Learning Centre Manurewa are committed to role modeling and supporting positive relationships. Reciprocal relationships are paramount and our programme provides opportunities for children to gain a rich understanding of their world, and to learn through trying out their ideas with adults and other children.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi|Treaty of Waitangi

YMCA Early Learning Centre Manurewa acknowledges and reflects the unique place of Maori as tangata whenua, giving children the opportunity to develop knowledge and an understanding of the cultural heritage of both parties to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Teachers reflect this in practice by ensuring programmes include tikanga me ona Te Reo Maori (Maori custom and language).