philosophy-rapunga whakaaro


  • in developing respectful, responsive and trusting relationships with all members of the learning community

  • that all teachers parents and whanau should feel welcome and develop a strong sense of belonging within our centre

  • that chilldren learn through play

  • children need to have their individual needs met to be able to grow learn and develop


  • The concept of AKO and support children to develop social skills such as kindness, empathy, inclusion, and fairness

  • children's cultural identities, individual learning styles, uniqueness and allow them to develop at their own pace.

  • an emergent curriculum

  • te tiriti based practice and advocate for bi-cultural awareness by weaving bicultural perspectives into our practice.


  • to nurture and protect the children's well being first

  • is to provide children, parents, whanau and colleagues with opportunities to share their ideas and contribute to the programme

  • is to be positive role models who support children to engage in active enquiry

  • is to understand and acknowledge the histories, heritages languages and cultures of partners to Te Tiriti o Waitangi


  • as a team to support and uplift each other as educators, and inspire each other as lifelong learners

  • to build children's self worth and self regulation, as these things are important to develop confidence as lifelong learners

  • to create opportunities for free uninterrupted play and a natural and open ended environment

  • to provide a peaceful, consistent and fun environment

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