Philosophy

At Sunbeams Private Kindergarten we have created a unique, homely and peaceful haven for children where we cherish beauty and aesthetic harmony within our surroundings. Our children and whanau are warmly welcomed each day where they discover an environment rich in learning opportunities and challenges. We value the essential role of play in the young child’s pathway to learning and foster children’s exploration, risk taking, creativity, curiosity, joy and wonder.

The New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whariki is the foundation on which our teaching and learning philosophy is based.  This curriculum is founded on the following aspirations for children:

”to grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in the sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society”.

Our team honours every child as a unique individual, who brings their specific skills, knowledge, developing dispositions, urges and cultural heritage.  We nurture a culture of kindness, love and respect for others, enabling children to learn in a physically and emotionally safe place. Teachers develop trust and form reciprocal and responsive relationships with open, honest communication, by listening, acknowledging and appreciating children, families and colleagues.

We treasure our partnership with parents, whanau and the wider kindergarten community.  Teachers acknowledge and respect families aspirations for their children and we encourage their contributions within our programme.

Teachers recognise the significance of the Treaty of Waitangi, fostering an environment where children will experience the values, traditions and language of the bi-cultural heritage of Aotearoa. We acknowledge and celebrate cultural diversity within our community, and value the opportunities that enable us to learn about different people, their beliefs and way of life.

The teaching team share a passion for inspiring young minds through our dedication to excellence in teaching.  We believe life is a learning journey and are committed to ongoing reflection, evaluation, self review and professional development.