OUR PHILOSOPHY

Whānau Tangata
Family and Community

"The wider world of family and community is an integral part of early childhood curriculum."

 

Me whiri mai te whānau, te hapū, te iwi, me tauiwi, me ō rātou wāhi nohonga, ki roto i te whāriki, hei āwhina, hei tautoko i te akoranga, i te whakatipuranga o te mokopuna

 

At Acorn Meadows we believe in respectful, interactive relationships between parents, whanau, staff and children. These types of relationships form the basis of a positive self image and sense of belonging for children, who can grow into healthy bodies and educated minds.

Whakamana
Empowerment

"Early childhood curriculum empowers the child to learn and grow".

 

Mā te whāriki e whakatō te kaha ki roto i te mokopuna, ki te ako, kia pakari ai tana tipu. 

 

We view children as individuals who are autonomous in their own learning and self-assured explorers and communicators. We provide a stimulating and interesting environment that gives children the opportunity to explore and engage in experiences that they are interested in. With this in mind, both children and adults can grow and learn together.

Mana Whenua
Belonging

"Children and their families feel a sense of belonging". 

 

Ko te whakatipuranga tēnei o te mana ki te whenua, te mana tūrangawaewae, me te mana toi whenua o te tangata

 

We are both multi-cultural and bi-cultural in our practice. We respect and value Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Te ao Māori. We explore stories, symbols and events from Māori and all other cultures represented in our centre. We see all people as equals, irrespective of age, race, gender and ability.