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GLEN EDEN
GLENDALE ROAD (09) 818 9913 | MATAKI WAY (09) 218 6407
GLENDENE
BEAZLEY PLACE (09) 836 6495

OUR KIDS PHILOSOPHY

The key component of the Our Kids philosophy revolves around actively listening to the children in our care – with eyes, and ears. We believe in facilitating children as they direct their own learning paths. We acknowledge each child’s individuality and unique interests, while striving to develop their full potential within a prepared environment, full of options and opportunities.

We believe children are born to self-educate, given the right learning environments. We also believe children learn best when they’re able to pursue their own interests in ways that are meaningful to them. The central themes of the Our Kids philosophy are:

INCLUSIVE ATMOSPHERE

Our Kids teachers strive to create inclusive atmospheres where every child feels comfortable and secure in knowing their voice and presence is valued in a safe, respectful, and nurturing learning environment.

ACTIVE LISTENING

Children learn through imitation, imagination and inquiry, and our teachers support these themes through actively listening to children and responding to their needs and interests. We believe in observing and tuning in to what children are doing, in order to build on their learning. This is opposed to interfering with their desire to explore, discover and engage with their spontaneous imaginations.

RELATIONSHIPS ARE KEY

We believe strong relationships between children, families/whānau, and the teaching team, are the building blocks for creating a warm, rich, and diverse learning community. Forging authentic, reciprocal and trusting relationships with families enables us to understand and meet the needs of each child.

ENVIRONMENT IS CENTRAL

We consider the environment to be the third teacher. It’s a place where innate curiosity, wonder, respect and discovery take place to enrich imagination and creativity, and to drive children’s interests.

My daughter has attended Our Kids Centre for a year, and I always pick her up with a smile on her face. She loves her teachers! I greatly appreciate the immense time and energy the teachers dedicate to the kids, and maintaining the centre. The centre has an excellent philosophy including kindness and respect for others, which is reflected in the children’s play, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this centre to my friends and family!
- Julie Thomas Reddy, Glendale Rd, Glen Eden