Our Philosophy


Ko te ahurie o te tamaiti arahia o tatatou mahi   

“Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work”  


We are passionate about giving every child that walks through our door the best possible start in their magical adventure of learning.  



We strive to be the best that we can be, to have pride within, to love to learn, to persist, to be creative, play, problem solve, challenge, inspire, believe in ourselves and each other. Most importantly we want the children to leave Peanuts as caring, capable confident learners.  



Peanuts is a place where relationships matter, we believe in order to touch a child’s mind first we must reach their heart. We aim to create an environment built on trust, care and respectful relationships, which embrace both children and their whānau. By building lifelong partnerships together, we give children the best opportunity to grow and reach their full potential on their learning journey. We  

acknowledge parents as their child’s first and most important teacher in life. We are committed to a bicultural approach to learning and we welcome, value and respect the diversity of all cultures within our centre.  

We value the unique place of Māori as tangata whenua. Our curriculum helps children develop their knowledge and understanding of the cultural heritages of both parties to Te Titiri o Waitangi. We value the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whāriki, which guides and inspires our work with children.  

We notice, recognise and respond to children’s interests as they learn through play in an environment that encourages discovery. The children have plenty of opportunity for free play with a combination of daily rituals such as meal times, group times and teacher guided learning experiences.   

Our goal is to encourage each child’s natural curiosity in learning. In our enchanting, peaceful environment, they are encouraged to investigate, use open-ended resources and loose parts for  

discovery. Children can enjoy social interactions, problem solve, and become increasingly independent at their own pace. We recognise and value the importance of a safe and secure environment which is respectful and empowering for all children to enjoy.   

Our learning setting is full of natural resourses (nature’s wonders) reflective of our beautiful setting. We encourage children to explore papatūānuku by having authentic experiences in nature, playing the role of guardian (kaitiaki) of the land. By becoming the kaitiaki of our land they are connecting with our  

natural world and developing an understanding how to care for it. We welcome whānau and community to join our learning journey and aim to give back in partnership with one another through our Garden to Table project.  


Ka taea a tatou to tatu ki a tatou tamariki nga pakiaka kia tupu me nga paririrau ke rire.     

 “Together may we give our children the roots to grow and the wings to fly.”