Philosophy

We, as a team at The Playhouse Pre-Schools offer your tamariki (children) and whānau a safe, nurturing, stimulating educational whānau (family) environment, where tamariki form close whakawhanaungatanga (relationships) and are respected and supported by kaiako and peers.

We believe early childhood should be fun; it’s a time for mana aotūroa (exploration), discovery and active learning, where tamariki (children) naturally learn through meaningful takaro (play) and social interactions with both tamariki and adults.

All Kaiako (teachers) recognise that parents/whānau are primary to tamariki mana atua (well-being), therefore we aim to establish and maintain positive, collaborative whakawhanaungatanga (relationships), ensuring that we work together in the best interest of the tamariki, maintaining the vital link between kainga (home) and the centre. Through Ngā hononga (partnership) with family/whānau we strive to provide the highest quality education and care for your child in an environment where tamariki can grow and learn at their own pace.

Our programme follows Te Whāriki the National Early Childhood bicultural Curriculum, with the aim of tamariki becoming confident, competent learners. This will be achieved by providing experiences that build on each of our tamariki strengths and interests, through all areas of the curriculum, such as problem-solving, mana aotūroa , dramatic play and real-life experiences in an environment where tamariki are supported and guided through the process of learning.

We at the The Playhouse Pre-School will connect your child to the Community, Environment, and Wider World; through natural exploration, support within our community projects, and commitment to nurturing a greater awareness of the wider world.

We whakaute (respect) the unique position of Māori as tangata whenua in Aotearoa/New Zealand. We encourage an awareness and appreciation of the bi-cultural heritage of our local community and country. We also encourage the use of Te Reo Māori within our centre, through waiata (songs), korero (talk) in Te Reo Māori and following tikanga practices, for example opening up our day with karakia/ himene. As a centre we acknowledge heritages of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi), the British crown and Māori party, demonstrating in our practices the importance of being equal parties.

Kaiako work inclusively to ensure that tamariki learning is not limited by gender, ability, age, ethnicity or background and encourage tamariki to learn about and understand cultural diversity of their local community and wider world. Respecting each of our whānau values and beliefs ensuring they feel as though they have a place in our centre and mana whenua (belong).

We at The Playhouse Pre-School follow Lev Vygotsky’s approach to child development, where social interaction plays a fundamental role in the development of cognition. We endeavor to follow his theory of the ‘Zone of Proximal Development’, where tamariki learn and grow from social interactions with their peers and adults (scaffolding). We at The Playhouse Pre-School are a mixed aged centre and we encourage our tuakana (older) tamariki to take ownership of our centre and empower them to be leaders and role models within our learning environment.