Nga Taonga Aroha Early Childhood Centre
Our Philosophy Statement
We acknowledge Māori as tangata whenua and are committed to recognising Te tiriti o Waitangi and the tiriti principles of; participation, protection and partnership. With this foundation, we embrace our multicultural community through parent involvement, kaiako knowledge and the essence of the child. For a child to truly thrive, they must know where they have come from in order to know where they are going, and we are committed to being a part of this journey.
Our centre is influenced by the works of Dr Emmi Pikler and the guiding principles of trust, love and kindness. We see children as confident and capable learners and strive to support them in this learning with respect and aroha.
We strive to nurture resilience and optimism in our children, to give all children an equal opportunity to experience success in whatever they put their mind to. We understand the child is not a stand-alone being and so we open our hearts to the whole whānau and the Otara community so we might all grow stronger together. For this to be successful, we let the rituals of our day guide us so that there is predictability and a safe space for children to learn and grow without a fear of getting things wrong woven through our practices.
Being kaitiakitangi, guardians of this land, is an essential part of our belief system and we strive to care for Papatuanuku so she can go on providing for generations to come. Through this belief, we value resources that pay homage to our dedication to sustainability. We take strong guidance from this to inform our commitment to sustainability and day to day curriculum experiences for children.
Our indicators to achieving these is:
- Being welcoming, approachable, secure and nurturing, professional and supportive
- Kaiako to utilise tamariki strengths, interests and ideas to plan and set challenges that promote and develop a love of learning and wonder; exploration, curiosity and a deeper understanding of their theories
- Kaiako is present and available; approachable and engaging, attuned and ready to facilitate and support
- Following the concept of a tuakana–teina relationship where teaching and learning is reciprocal in all facets of the centre
- Talking and listening to our parents and whānau aspirations, views and opinions through conversations, discussions, interviews and surveys
- Te Whāriki the NZ ECE Curriculum is used as resource to guide our programme planning and curriculum
- Encouraging sustainable environment practises and processes for our future generation (cloth nappies, garden to table concept, storm water solution, making our own compost, recycling)South Auckland early education scheme heads nationwide Check out the link
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What we can offer
- 20 ECE hours for 3 – 4 years & Winz subsidy
- Healthy and Nutritious meals
- Accept 0-6 years *conditions apply
- Outdoor programme
- Te Reo me ngā Tikanga Maori
- Low child/high teacher ratio
- Qualified registered teachers