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Philosophy

Remuera Discovery Express believes in creating a warm, welcoming, loving environment where children, families and staff are included and respected in the daily life of the centre. We acknowledge each child as individuals, supporting their emotional and social needs, empowering them to build on their confidence, self-esteem and sense of belonging through a trusting environment.

Our environment will be a stimulating and challenging child centred facility, where infants, toddlers and young children are encouraged to make their own choices of play. The learning environment will reflect each child's learning and achievements through programme planning. The role of the physical environment is referred to as the third teacher that will inform and engage the viewer. We will encourage and support each child's knowledge, skills and disposition to the different experiences within this rich learning environment.

In this learning environment we acknowledge and support Te Tiriti O Waitangi and all ethnic groups, by respecting their cultural identity, heritage and language of each child and their families/whanau.  We will ensure there are equitable learning opportunities for all children irrespective of age, ability, ethnicity and diversity. The children will be respected, valued and reflected in our centre programme and environment. Partnership is important and encouraged through interactions each day at the centre while building a positive relationship with children, parents/whanau, extended family and teachers.


We have a team of passionate and dedicated professional teachers who are open, friendly, fun and exciting individuals.  We believe in helping each other, providing positive guidance, extending one's learning through professional development and a commitment to succeeding in being a great teacher.  We follow this by the Fish Philosophy in the Workplace. The fish philosophy has four key principles: Choose Your Attitude, Be Present for others, Play at work, laugh, dance, have fun and Make Their Day by including others in your fun working environment.

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ur centre believes in the foundations of Te Whaariki, the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum that states "Children should grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit. Secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society.  "Our curriculum is based on goals and learning outcomes that is directed from the interests, learning and development of each child.

Our programme planning is focused on the children's interests, dispositions and development.  We focus on the natural way children learn, their participation, environment and how we as teachers help and support each child's learning. Documentation is a key role in providing evidence of each child's learning and development process. Evidence will be collected and displayed through observations, learning stories, pictures, discussion, parent input and teacher's voice. Every day we use assessment which involves noticing, recognising and responding to children's learning and evaluation of the whole planning.

Our daily routine is structured but flexible throughout the day. Routines are a time to build upon relationships, one on one interaction and slowly guide each child along their day. Routines are there to give the children familiarity, consistency in direction and help with the daily running of the centre.

 

 


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