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Flying Turtles Pre-School

We provide an inclusive place where tamariki and their whanau are happy and valued.  We encourage and support all learners to make their own decisions, and to become confident, competent members of our society.  Te Whaariki underpins our bi-cultural curriculum where individuals are supported in their learning dispositions.  


Respectful interactions with children are the centre of our teaching.  Respecting ourselves within our teaching team and modelling respect to children so they foster respect for themselves, their peers and their environment.  

We work hard to build positive, caring relationships with children, whanau and the wider community.  Good relationships and connections enable children and whanau to feel a strong sense of belonging.
We strive to provide an environment which encourages children to gain independence, make their own decisions and to foster a love for learning and growth.  



 Little Pukeko's Pre-School

We aspire to provide our tamariki a whare of love, where they are encouraged to have fun, be happy, and develop a love for learning in a play-based environment. We encourage the children to lead the way, providing them with the natural and holistic tools they need to become active participants in their own learning. We believe in free, uninterrupted play where the children are able to learn about their world in their own time, in their own way.

 We promote a learning environment which stimulates and challenges children’s thinking, capabilities and ongoing learning. Our approach is to provide a home-like safe and secure, sustainable environment where our tamariki are encouraged to take risks and make discoveries. Support, respect and guidance will always be given to assist learning and to explore the wonder of their imagination. We value our mixed aged centre involving sibling interactions and embrace the concept of tuakana-teina, as children of all ages within our centre learn, teach, foster, care, lead and show respect for one another.

 We implement strong, supportive relationships with children and their families, and achieve this through constant communication. We promote peaceful and respectful interactions between all individuals by role modelling responsive techniques and negotiating skills as a basis for the development of genuine relationships. Close connections to the wider community are valued and utilized as a way of extending children’s knowledge in what happens in their world around them.

 Kaiako follow our bi-cultural Early Childhood Curriculum ‘Te Whariki’, and incorporate a multi-cultural approach through all teaching and learning experiences. Kaioko will inspire and encourage all tamariki to be proud of who they are and where they come from. We respect all languages and cultures by providing experiences to support individual differences. Teachers are guided by the strands and goals of Te Whariki to help plan and respond to children’s individual needs and interests, dispositions, schemas and urges.

 In partnership with family/whanau we strive to provide the highest quality care for your child in an atmosphere where children can grow and learn at their own pace, and to have “an adventure everyday”.



Prickly Hedgehog Pre-School

At Prickly Hedgehog Pre-School we are committed to providing the best possible care and education.  

Collectively - we believe; 


Relationships, interactions and respect are a vital component of Early Childhood Education.  We are influenced by a collection of philosopher's beliefs and values in education and by our New Zealand Early Childhood curriculum - Te Whaariki.  

Teaching and Learning

The teacher is considered a co- learner with the child, not just an instructor.  We, as teachers, are here to facilitate the child's learning by planning experiences based on the child's interests and dispositions, asking questions to further understanding, observing, and actively engaging in experiences alongside the child.  We have respect for, and trust in the baby, toddler, and young child to be an initiator, an explorer and a self-learner.  

We believe that children must have some control over the direction of their learning; children must be able to learn through touching, moving, listening, seeing and hearing; children must have endless ways and opportunities to express themnselves.


Children can best create meaningful and more complex play through inviting, well planned and sustained environments.  We believe that having pets encourage empathy, education about caring for others and respect for living things.  Allowing children freedom of movement is important to us.  We care for, respect and understand their individual needs and emotional wellbeing.  We value papatuanuku and encourage knowledge , understanding and participation in caring for our earth.  


We truly believe that you, as parents and whanau, are the child's first educators.  Therefore, establishing and maintaining positive relationships and having ongoing open communication is vital.  This links home and centre and allows for teamwork and a strong sense of belonging for all.  Together, we can offer a broader range of knowledge and ideas to assist in your child's journey.  


We honour and value our te tiriti o Waitangi.  We believe that our bi-cultural and multi-cultural approach is respectful and inclusive.  Cultural differences and similarties are embraced.  We are sensitive and responsive to the different cultures and hertiages amoung our families.  We invite all whanau to share and celebrate our individual uniqueness.  



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