The key component of the Our Kids childcare centre philosophy revolves around actively listening to the children in our care. We strive to make every child feel noticed and loved in an environment where holistic development can blossom.
We believe in encouraging children as they direct their learning paths and become confident learners. We acknowledge each child’s individuality and unique interests. All the while, we’re 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 interests in ways that are meaningful to them. The central themes of the Our Kids childcare centre philosophy are as follows.
Teachers at Our Kids strive to create inclusive atmospheres. Our goal is to ensure every child feels comfortable and secure. In our care, they will know their voice and presence are valued in a safe, respectful, and nurturing learning environment.
Children learn through imitation, imagination, and inquiry. Our teachers support these themes by 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 in strong relationships between children, families/whānau, and the teaching team. These 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 the third teacher. It’s a place where innate curiosity, wonder, respect and discovery take place. Our goal is to enrich imagination and creativity, and to drive children’s interests.By creating a sense of belonging, learning and development can take place.