Philosophy Tots

At Kamo Tots it is our passionate belief that every child is unique and therefore requires acceptance, nurturing and respect in order to develop to their full potential.  We understand that the early childhood years provide a vital opportunity in developing a learning foundation that cements a strong sense of self, and helps to build resilience (Taha Wairua, Taha Hinengaro).  As Teachers we are inherently aware of the special characteristics of infants and toddlers and, accordingly, we adapt our teaching pedagogy’s in order to be responsive to the distinctive developmental needs of both. We believe learning is fun and we encourage our children to recognise the sense of wonderment and enjoyment in their learning journey.  By nurturing a child’s self esteem and confidence, using teaching techniques tailored to the needs of the individual child, we believe we can unlock a lifelong passion for learning.

We believe in empowering children with free choice in their activities. We also strive to ensure that any transition periods throughout the day are predictable, calm and carried out at the child’s pace. We believe that infants and toddlers learn with their whole bodies and they learn by ‘doing’ whilst being guided and affirmed.

We believe that we have just as much to learn from our children as they do from us (Ako). Every day we will be teachers and learners and we will encourage the children to emulate this with each other (Tuakana teina).

As teachers we are committed to on-going professional development, self reflection and evaluation and we will share the fun of learning and discovery with our children, celebrating each other’s learning journey.

Because of the holistic way in which children develop 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.

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’s bicultural heritage is reflected in the centre environment.

We 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.

We strive to be the best infant and toddlers centre in Whangarei.