At Our Family Early Learning we place a high value on providing an inviting and inclusive family environment. Where our tamariki (children), whānau (families) and kaiako (teachers) always feel empowered and supported.
Our learning community is a collaborative space embedded with a wide range of cultures. It is important to us that all of our whānau cultures are valued, respected, accepted and represented. We want all of our tamariki to be promoters of their own identities.
We acknowledge the dual heritage of New Zealand/Aotearoa and are committed to developing knowledge and understanding through participation, protection and partnerships of the Treaty of Waitangi and Tikanga practices. We ensure Te Reo and Hauora Maori is deeply interwoven and valued.
We strive to provide an environment that is designed to strengthen, broaden and enrich learning. We understand that an environment needs to be expansive, interesting, trustworthy, challenging and collaborative. With a high level of self-choice, independence, empowerment and intentional teaching our tamariki can explore, investigate and create both independently and collaboratively.
Our teaching team uses Te Whariki as a foundation which underpins and supports our planning, assessment and evaluation practices. Encouraging tamariki to be competent, confident and capable in their own learning. As educators we believe our role is to learn and grow alongside our children.
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Our Mission Statement
Our team offers children/tamariki and families/whanau a safe, nurturing, dynamic environment where children are encouraged to learn through active involvement with people, places and things.
We place a strong emphasis on partnership with families/whanau and the community. We encourage understanding and respect for children’s own and other cultures. We acknowledge the dual heritage of New Zealand/ Aotearoa and are committed to incorporating bicultural practice, Tikanga, Te Reo, Hauora Māori in to our learning environment.
We believe our environment has the opportunity to shape the learning that happens. An environment that is expansive will support children’s learning dispositions to cultivate overtime. Therefore we will ensure that our settings are deliberately designed to strengthen, broaden and enrich learning related disposition. All areas of preschool life will provide opportunities to acquire skills and strategies that support self-directed learning and positive learner identities. We aim to ensure there are equitable opportunities for learning irrespective of gender, ability, age, ethnicity or background.
We will seek guidance from specialist services when appropriate.
At Our Family Early Learning we encourage children to:
Develop a positive sense of self
Become independent, capable and confident learners
Develop an awareness of the wider world and community around them
Look after and respect themselves, others and their environment
Make choices of their own and learn alongside and with their peers
Support and strengthen individual interests and dispositions
Develop positive communication and people skills-engaging in reciprocal conversation with peers and adults, conflict resolutions, talking in front of a group and listening
Learn from each other to respect and value their own culture and the cultures of others
Solve problems and develop strategies for extending their thinking and reasoning through active exploration
Express themselves in a variety of ways and at their own pace through dance, music, art, books (written word or picture) and dramatic play
Develop their imaginative ideas and explore these through real life experiences
Develop their fine and physical skills through a range of experiences
Follow basic routines and participate in regular Preschool events-trips, celebrations, birthdays, and visits from the community.
Develop working theories for making sense of natural, social, physical and material worlds