Taihape Philosophy

Taihape Kindergarten is an all-inclusive environment where tamariki are safe and happy, and whānau from all cultures are welcomed and valued.

We are committed to the principles and articles of the Treaty of Waitangi and will reflect the dual heritage of Aotearoa throughout our programmes.

In partnership with tamariki and whānau are committed to creating respectful, responsive and supportive relationships.

We provide a stimulating and fun environment that is socially rich and well resourced; encouraging challenge, risk taking, exploration and participation. We value the creative development of our tamariki in both the outdoor and indoor environments. We also believe it is important that tamariki are physically active and experience an environment where their health is promoted.

We value tamariki learning through play, acknowledging individual interests, strengths and abilities. The planned programme structure encompasses group and individual experiences alongside daily routines and defined limits and boundaries. Tamariki will be active decision makers, learning with and alongside peers and responsive adults and kaiako.

To uphold the Kindergarten spirit, kaiako work together as a happy and professional team. As kaiako we celebrate each other’s differences and contributions through open communication, being supportive and respectful while embracing challenge.

To remain current in early childhood theory and practice, kaiako will be active participators in continuing education to ensure that the learning for tamariki is effective.

As stated in Te Whaariki, we want all tamariki “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.”

Reviewed January 2015

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