Our Family Early Learning

Your home away from home

Our Philosophy

At Our Family Early Learning we place a high value on providing a family environment where our children, families and teachers feel safe and secure to express and explore. It is important to us that all our families from a wide range of backgrounds feel valued, respected and accepted, and for our children to be promoters of their culture, values and rights. We acknowledge the dual heritage of New Zealand/Aotearoa and are committed to developing knowledge and understanding through participation, protection and partnership of the Treaty of Waitangi, Tikanga and Te Reo Māori.

 We strive to provide a challenging environment with a high level of self choice, independence, empowerment and intentional teaching, where the children can explore, investigate and create both independently and collaboratively. The teaching team has a strong belief in Te Whariki- this leads and guides us through our planning, assessment and evaluation. Encouraging children to be competent, confident and capable in their own learning.  

As educators we believe our role is to work alongside our children, learning from and teaching each other.   Our Family Early Learning is YOUR home away from home where reciprocal respect, trust and acceptance comes first. We believe in open, honest communication and have an open door policy.


     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 and Te Reo in to our daily programme.  

We believe children learn best through the day to day experiences they engage in. Therefore we will ensure all areas of preschool life provide opportunity to acquire skills and strategies, to encourage dispositions that support self directed learning.  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 culture's of others

- Solve problems and develop strategies to extend 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 experiences

- Develop their fine-motor 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

- Develop an early interest with mathematics and literacy