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Our Philosophy

The mana, mauri, and wairua of the tamaiti shall be the first and greatest consideration, with care and education from kaiako enhancing each tamaiti full learning potential.

We aim to create an environment built on trust, care and respectful relationships, which embrace both tamariki and their whānau. We strive to build strong connections and relationships that are nurturing, meaningful and valued.

Our educational approach is one of play based learning including a combination of daily rhythms and routines. Our goal is to encourage natural curiosity in learning; to investigate, use open ended resources and loose parts for discovery. A place where tamariki can enjoy social interactions, problem solve, learn perseverance, risk taking and become increasingly independent at their own pace. We recognise and value the importance of a calm, unhurried, safe and secure environment which is respectful and empowering for all to enjoy.

We are committed to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and a bicultural approach to learning and we welcome, value, and respect the diversity of all cultures within our centre. We value the Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whariki, which guides and inspires our work with children. Kaiako acknowledge and recognise Māori as tangata whenua, and assume a shared responsibility for protecting Māori reo and tikanga within our centre.

Poipoia te kakano kia puawai
Nurture the seed and it will grow

We encourage and appreciate the awareness of the bi-cultural heritage within New Zealand and we value each family’s cultural diversity and identity.

These multi-cultural values are interwoven and visible in our curriculum and environment. 

Our Curriculum

Our stunning, nature-rich surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for our early childhood education curriculum where our highly skilled kaiako guide children through a diverse and carefully crafted curriculum which is underpinned by Te Whariki, the National NZ Early Childhood Education Framework.

Te Whāriki is founded upon four principles: 

Empowerment | Whakamana – Early childhood curriculum empowers the child to learn and grow

Holistic Development | Kotahitanga – Early childhood curriculum reflects the holistic way children learn and grow

Family and Community | Whānau Tangata – The wider world of family and community is an integral part of early childhood curriculum

Relationships | Nga Hononga – Children learn through responsive and reciprocal relationships with people, places and things

At Peanuts we celebrate diversity in a safe & welcoming environment where we work toward people of all ethnicities feeling respected, supported & connected

Te Whāriki – the national Early Childhood Education curriculum

Te Whāriki is founded on the following aim for children; to grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body, and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society.