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Miramar Childcare – Philosophy

Here at Miramar Childcare, our commitment is to make a difference by preparing children for life, help 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.

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

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.

Partnerships are the cornerstone of our relationships with the children, family/whanau, extended family/whanau and the wider community, and 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.

As a mixed aged programme, we promote tuakana teina relationships; it provides a model for buddy systems. An older or more expert tuakana helps and guides a younger or less expert teina. In a learning environment that recognises the value of ako (teaching and learning), the tuakana teina roles may be reversed at any time.