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Island Bay Childcare Mission

Te Whāriki is the Ministry of Education’s early childhood curriculum policy statement. Te Whāriki is a framework for providing tamariki/children’s early learning and development within a sociocultural context. It emphasises the learning partnership between kaiako/teachers, parents, and whānau/families. Kaiako/teachers weave a holistic curriculum in response to tamariki/children’s learning and development in the early childhood setting and the wider context of the child’s world.

At Island Bay Childcare, we aim to provide a learning environment that weaves the principles of Holistic Development, Empowerment, Family & Community and Relationships together with the strands of Wellbeing, Belonging, Contribution, Communication and Exploration:


Children’s learning and development are fostered by building on what children bring to early childhood education including family/whanau, culture and language.


Adults can provide the encouragement, warmth and acceptance. Teachers can provide challenges for creative and complex learning and thinking, helping children to extend their ideas through sensitive informed, well judged intervention and support.


Children will have the opportunities to create and act on their own ideas, to develop knowledge and skills in areas that interest them and to make an increasing number of their own decisions.


Children’s learning and development will be integrated through tasks, activities and contexts that have meaning for the child such as care routines, mealtimes, exploration and play and maintaining warm relationships with other children and teachers.

Island Bay Childcare Vision


Here at Island Bay Childcare, our commitment is to make a difference by preparing children for life, helping them to learn and grow as individuals, gain life skills they need to reach their full potential, and develop a love of learning.


We provide a learning environment that is stimulating, inspired by the children based on their strengths and interests, and articulated to meet their needs. Whilst our programme is based on the strengths and interest of the child, programme planning is linked to the goals and strands of Te Whariki, the Early Childhood Curriculum


We acknowledge the influence the family has on the learning of children, therefore welcome your continuous input to your child’s learning journey. We value ourselves, others and our natural environment. Whanaungatangata (mutual respect). We acknowledge our bi-cultural society and value the cultural diversity of children and families in our community, and this is reflected in our teaching practices.


Our teaching team is passionate, professional, innovative and enthusiastic, and share a love of children. This is reflected in our ability to make learning fun and a positive process enjoyable to all.


Partnerships are the cornerstone of our relationships with the children, family/whanau, extended family/whanau and the wider community. We strive to develop and maintain positive relationships with all families within our community through open communication. Our teachers recognise that children are individuals but also part of this wider community.


We constantly strive to improve our own personal practices and are committed to on-going personal and professional development to provide the very best care, education and customer service for all children and families/whanau.
Our commitment is to make a difference by preparing children for life.