At Kamo Childcare our philosophy is that every child is unique and therefore requires acceptance, nurturing and respect in order to develop to their full potential. As Educators we are inherently aware of the individual characteristics and developmental stages of young children, and accordingly, we adapt our teaching pedagogy’s in order to be responsive to the distinctive developmental needs of the age group.
By supporting and extending each individual child’s characteristics and development levels using teaching techniques tailored to the needs of the individual child, we believe we can unlock a passion for lifelong learning. We believe that early childhood years are vital to developing a learning foundation that cements a strong sense of self and builds resilience which assists children to become confident people.
We strive to provide a welcoming, nurturing and safe environment that promotes a sense of belonging (mana atua), where children feel respected and cared for. All children are accepted, supported and included as individuals and also welcomed as part of the group.
Children are provided with multiple choices of resources and activities appropriate to their developmental abilities and interests. We value children’s curiosity and provide an environment for children to be creative and active learners.
Teachers plan activities and experiences to support children to learn and develop new skills, as well as practicing their existing skills. The programme provides children with opportunities to transfer their skills and knowledge to other areas of learning. Children are supported in their risk taking as they develop awareness that taking risks and making mistakes are critical aspects of being effective learners.
Relationships among teachers and children have firm but fair and consistent boundaries that provide a safe and nurturing social environment. Teachers will ensure children know they are there if help or encouragement is required. The concept of self-discipline and the virtue programme is introduced and children are encouraged to respect each other, and the centres property.
We strive to build collaborative, friendly and respectful relationships with our centre families/whanau. An important part of our philosophical approach is that ‘it takes a village to raise a child’. We are but one part of a child’s world, therefore we view our relationships with parents/whanau as being of equal importance as our relationships with our children. Because of the holistic nature in which children develop we understand the need to have all adult influences in a child’s life working with a common goal.
We are committed to being bi-cultural practitioners. We acknowledge and uphold the Treaty of Waitangi as Aotearoa/New Zealand’s founding document. We actively strive to use te reo Maori me tikanga Maori in our daily practice. We ensure that Aotearoa/New Zealand bicultural heritage is reflected in the centre environment.
We also celebrate and affirm the multicultural diversity of our children. All children have the right to have their language and culture visible in the learning environment.
Teachers support and respect each other and work collectively to ensure the best outcomes for children.
Teachers actively seek to improve themselves as teachers and as people. They ensure they attend professional development regularly to stay abreast of current theories and trends in early childhood.
We strive to be the best centre in Whangarei.