Our Philosophy – Rapunga whakaaro 2015

Polyhigh Community Childcare centre provides a nurturing, stimulating environment which strongly reflects our multi cultural community.

We acknowledge Te Tiriti O Waitangi as the founding document of Aotearoa New Zealand thus embracing Te Ao Māori, Tikanga Māori and Te Reo Māori as an integral part of Polyhigh.

We believe that culture and home practices, whānau aspirations, are pertinent to children’s identity and mana which will be incorporated into the centre.

We incorporate the following virtues into the programme:

Relationships/Nga Hononga –We endeavour to work collaboratively, (mahi ngatahi), and establish reciprocal relationships and partnerships with whānau. We acknowledge whānau aspirations for their children/tamariki and incorporate these into teaching and learning. (Ako).

Quality/Tikanga rangatira– We believe quality is about creating and maintaining high standards across all educational contexts.

Love /Aroha – Love is also a fundamental emotion for the foundation of a strong Philosophy. If adults work from a place of love, children and Whanau will feel cherished and a strong sense of belonging (Mana Whenua).

Respect /Manaaki – We believe we are educators who nurture and respect differences and aim to install within each person a strong sense of identity and belonging.

Celebrate aspects of the RIE Philosophy, Reggio Emilia and place based learning.

Ko te tamaiti te putake o te kaupapa (putting the child at the heart of all you do).