Our Teaching Philosophy

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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.

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.

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.

Our Philosophy

Whakamana | Empowerment

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 Massey 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 Massey 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 Massey 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 Waitangi | Tready Of Waitangi

YMCA Early Learning Centre Massey 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).

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