North Harbour Preschool PHILOSOPHY
At North Harbour Preschool, we believe children thrive in an environment where:
All Children As Learners:
- Learn to respect themselves, others and the environment
- Are considered special and unique, feel loved and welcome every day and they know they have a place
- Have the right to be an individual as well as part of a group
- Learn the limits and boundaries of appropriate behaviour
- Are recognised and can identify with their own culture and respect that of others
- Established routines are flexible and familiar
- Adults to child ratios are excellent
- A variety of quality equipment is sourced and provided to stimulate the ever-changing interests and needs of the children
- Health and safety is promoted, and children are kept safe from harm
- There is continuity within the Centre and connecting links with the family and the wider world
- Is a child led, child initiated and educator supported learning
- Is informed by observation, planning, assessment and evaluation (documented and undocumented)
- Demonstrates an understanding of children’s learning, their interests, whānau and life contexts
- Is inclusive, and responsive to enable children to become confident and competent learners
- Children’s preferences are respected and they are involved in decisions about their learning experiences
- We aim to celebrate the diversity of all nationalities and cultures and provide children with a range of experiences and opportunities to enhance and extend their learning and development.
- There is open communication between team members who are professional, respectful, caring and warm
- Teachers access professional development opportunities.
- Children learn in different ways, teachers are to adapt and change their teaching style to meet the ever-changing needs of the children.
Parents and Whānau:
- Children and their families feel a sense of belonging and acceptance
- There is open communication and co-operation between staff and parents; positive steps are taken to respect and acknowledge the aspirations held by parent’s and whānau for their children
- Regular opportunities (formal and informal) are provided for parents to:
- Communicate with adults providing education and care about their child, and share specific evidence of the child’s learning: and
- Be involved in decision-making concerning their child’s learning.
Updated: May 2017