NESTS Philosophy


At NESTS we believe that
  • we are committed to being part of Nests family and community (Whānau Tangata)
  • all tamariki and whanau learn within all four dimensions: whatumanawa (emotional); tinana (physical); hinengaro (cognitive); and wairua (spiritual) and learning environment and interactions with children cater for this
  • child/tamaiti development is holistic (Kotahitanga) with each child learns in a different way with their own learning style.
  • teachers/kaiako work together to create a fun and happy whanau like environment
  • tamariki learn through play and have the freedom to make their own choices
  • parents/whanau are the children’s/tamariki’s first and most important teachers and their input is essential to the tamariki’s wellbeing and learning
  • relationships form the basis for everything we do


At NESTS we believe that
  • tamariki should be encouraged to be kaitiaki (guardians) of the natural world and seen as life-long learners who can make a difference to others and to our environment.
  • tamariki of all ages play and learn together, which encourages siblngs and kaiako to build close relationships embracing the concept of tuakana teina in a family environment
  • as each centres are managed by an owner/operator they can better meet the needs of the centre community
  • tamariki spend their days in a calm environment with natural and attractive surroundings .
  • our centres engage in sustainable practices
  • the environment is set up to meet each child’s strengths, needs, skills, interests, and to ensure their heritage is acknowledged.
  • we provide Maori learners with equal opportunities to learn and we ensure that our environment respects tikanga practices


At NESTS we believe that

  • our high quality, innovative curriculum strives to recognise, the cultural diversity of our tamariki and whanau is respected, valued and visible in our centres programme, learning stories and celebrations.
  • routines and rituals are seen as opportunities to share the importance of relationships and respect.
  • tamaiti learning and development is enhanced through the provision of open-ended resources, natural materials, space, and an all-weather curriculum.
  • our curriculum is informed by our commitment to the partnership inherent in Tiriti o Waitangi, and enhanced by Te Ao Māori, tikanga Māori and te reo Māori in our daily practices
  • Te Whāriki (New Zealand’s early childhood curriculum) affirms the identities, languages and cultures of all tamariki, whānau, kaiako, and communities from a strong bicultural foundation.
  • high quality interactions help tamariki develop respect and enhance the mana and capabilities of all our tamariki to their full potential
  • kaiako build a culture of enquiry, respect and reflection through a collaborative knowledge of kaiako, tamariki and whanau


At NESTS we believe that

  • individual strengths and characteristics of tamariki will be developed to best benefit their learning and development
  • we encourage freedom of expression, while encouraging behaviour that is appropriate, including a calm environment during meal and sleep times
  • writing quality learning stories for each tamariki shows whanau how we will further support their learning and development
  • whakamana/empowerment enhances the mana of our tamariki, whanau and kaiako.
  • kaiako respect tamariki as powerful and gifted individuals and respond to their strengths needs interests experiences and conversations
  • whanau are involved in all aspects of learning and development of tamariki by communicating with the kaiako their aspirations and goals for the tamariki
  • the cultural hertages of partners to Te Tiriti o Waitangi/ the Treaty of Waitangi
  • the centres curriculum Te Whariki recognizes the place of Maori as tangata whenua of this land  and the aspirations and goals for their tamariki