Our teaching and learning philosophy

To provide exceptional care and education, in a welcoming, family orientated environment that promotes core values and inspires young minds to find wonder every day.

Our centre values and beliefs are based around the following principles

Learning Environment

We promote and maintain a learning environment that is stimulating and safe. We provide opportunities for children to be challenged and facilitate their own learning. We prefer natural resources that encourage creativity and imaginative play. Children are given opportunities to experience the natural world through a range of curriculum areas. “Children experience an environment where their play is valued as meaningful learning and the importance of spontaneous play is recognised.” Te Whāriki Page 82.

Effective Practitioners and Practices

Our teachers are passionate about early childhood. They are respectful, reciprocal and responsive to the needs of our children. Their positive and highly motivated attitudes mean they are involved in the latest professional development opportunities. We strive to find the magic every day with our children, our environment and within ourselves. “Teachers provide encouragement, warmth, and acceptance. They also provide challenges for creative and complex learning and thinking, helping children to extend their ideas and actions through sensitive, informed, well-judged interventions and support.” Te Whāriki Page 43

Individualised Learning

Our learning programmes are tailored to meet the needs of each individual at the varying stages of their development, and to actively support and encourage lifelong learning dispositions. Inquiry based learning underpins our planning, implementation and assessment and evaluation - when we seek to make sense of the world around us, we wonder, we plan, we analyse, we create, we reflect. Children are actively involved in their own learning and development.


We place great emphasis on the importance of providing a collaborative environment that involves families/whānau, communities and colleagues. This promotes inclusive, high quality and mutually respectful relationships to support learning in all areas. “Children and their families experience an environment where connecting links with the family and the wider world are affirmed and extended.” Te Whāriki Page 54

Treaty of Waitangi - Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Ferrymead Preschool and Nursery acknowledges and reflects the unique place of Māori as tangata whenua, giving children the opportunity to develop knowledge and an understanding of the cultural heritage of both parties to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Teachers reflect this in practice by ensuring programmes include tikanga and Te Reo Māori (Māori custom and language).

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