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

Centre Environment:

  • 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

Our Curriculum:

  • 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