Our Teaching Philosophy


Helping your children develop curiosity to learn through an early childhood philosophy that works

At this centre we see the environment as the third teacher and have set up our room to meet the varying learning and developmental needs of each child.  All Children have the opportunity to experience an environment that is rich in tactile, literacy, numeracy, outdoor, creative experiences and much more.

Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, teachers follow the interests of the children and support this with activity and discussion which often leads to the learning stories that are recorded in your child’s individual learning journal.  Our caring and passionate staff – which includes qualified teachers - are here to ensure your child’s time with us is of high quality and meets their individual needs.

The YMCA values of honesty, caring, respect and responsibility are the cornerstones of our centres values and are woven throughout our curriculum and teaching practice.

We respect children as confident individual learners and trust them as capable of setting their own challenges, developing their own ideas and theories, making choices and discoveries through play. Children are given space and time for active movement to develop naturally at their own pace and in their own way; we endeavour to find a balance between being involved in the children’s learning and providing space for children to learn for themselves.

Teachers that are respected, valued and happy spread important cues to children and develop their expectations of how to be with others. 

Relationships within our teaching team are valued as the children’s model.  Every child will have the opportunity to form a secure, trusting and caring relationship with all the teachers enabling them to develop reciprocal responsive relationships

As teachers we work in partnership with parents/caregivers, striving to truly understand and respect the whanau making it possible for us to know the whole child. We acknowledge and celebrate the diversity you all bring to our centre and recognise the special place of Te Reo and Tikanga Maori.

Our centre has been licensed according to the Education (Early Childhood Centres) Regulations 2008.If you wish to view a copy of these, Education Review Office Reports or would like to find out more about the Reggio Emilia approach to childrens learning and development please contact the centre.

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