Mairtown Kindergarten Philosophy
At Mairtown Kindergarten manaaki (care) underpins everything we do. Our kindergarten provides a safe, nurturing and fun environment. This enables children to develop skills and knowledge that will support them in being capable, confident and competent lifelong learners.
Relationships and partnerships, based on trust, respect and open communication are central to our philosophy. Kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face conversation) is something that we value immensely. When these genuine, authentic and reciprocal relationships are established, Mairtown Kindergarten becomes a safe and secure place for children, whānau and teachers, and this secure environment supports children to explore, play freely and fosters their ability to be learners and leaders. We believe that everyone in our learning community is beautifully unique and has a wealth of knowledge, which we love to honour.
We seek to promote an excitement for learning by recognising and responding to a child’s individuals interests. Play is an essential means for learning and development that we support and celebrate. We believe in following a negotiated curriculum and our programme is hugely influenced by inquiry based learning, art as a language as well as nature based education. We value Papatuanuku as an important teacher; in nature herself the possibilities to learn and grow have no limits. We utilise our wider community regularly in our teachings; alongside this, respect for each other, our environment, our community and resources are both encouraged and promoted. Our teaching team sensitively scaffold and role-model these expectations. Time and space is also a fundamental aspect of our philosophy. The value of respect sees that our children and whānau are heard and time to learn is unhurried. We see knowledge as a process, a way of discovery, a way of building understanding.
Our core curriculum components, literacy, numeracy, physicality, science, social science and the arts are interwoven throughout our learning environment. By listening to and observing children we carefully prepare an aesthetically pleasing environment and provide resources and learning opportunities that reflect and extend children's current strengths and interests. As a teaching team we are reflective, regularly reviewing our practice and our environments to provide successful and rewarding learning outcomes for children. Professional development for all our teachers is valued and encouraged, alongside team professional dialogue.
We acknowledge the bi-cultural partnership inherent in Te Tiriti o Waitangi and seek to ensure that the curriculum offered reflects this partnership. We support our children and their whānau to develop strong identities in the journey towards shared cultural understandings. We celebrate Māori success and acknowledge our tamariki Māori as leaders in their own learning journey and as being able to positively recognise their learning progress and potential.