Our centres mission is to provide high-quality, accessible, and affordable early childhood learning environment for all our tamariki with strong links to our community. Like the unfurling silver fern frond of the ponga, the koru, our centre symbolizes new life, growth, strength and peace. Our commitment to providing the best outcomes for all our tamariki and whānau will guide us in creating an enviroment that is welcoming, stimulating, safe and educational. We are actively commited to honouring te tiriti o waitangi and guiding our practices with Te Whāriki. Our pursuit of our strategic goals will always be driven by the desire for change that will benefit all of our children.
Our vision for our centre is to create a positive environment and difference in the lives of the tamariki and whanau at our centre. Our strengths come from the shared vision amongst our kaiako to provide an educational journey as a community of leaders. We hold each child’s individual needs at the for-front of our everyday practice, allowing each child to achieve their full learning potential. Being kaiako that are supportive, nurturing, creative and caring will allow our tamariki limitless opportunities for development.
The Image of the Child | To mātau whakaahua o te tamaiti
At Pineapples we view each of our tamariki (children) as unique individuals who come with their own strengths, abilities and passions. Each are confident, capable and competent learners who have their own individual needs and desires to engage in learning. We support each akonga (learner) through building strong relationships with them and their whanau, and by supporting their wellbeing and sense of belonging. Each akonga has their own voice that is welcomed and heard as we encourage them to use this to explore, discover, learn, grow and thrive in our environment. We see the tamaiti (child) as a life-long learner and that our role in this is just the beginning of their journey.
Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti aroha o tatou mahi | Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work
The Environment as the 3rd Teacher | To tatou taiao te tuatoru he kaiako
Like our kaiako, here at Pineapples our environment is celebrated, valued and respected. We believe that manaakitanga (hospitality, kindness & respect) and kaitiakitanga (guardianship, protection & responsibility) should be valued within our centre and we respect the role that our environment plays in the learning, growth and development of our akonga. Our environment is welcoming, warm, accepting, safe and inclusive – our whanau, tamariki and kaiako feel and embrace this.
Kei ōu ringaringa tea o | The world is yours
Our Bicultural Approach | Tātou huarahi ahuwhenua
At Pineapples we respect and value te Tiriti o Waitangi by upholding the principles of partnership, participation and protection. We use a bicultural approach when implementing learning experiences for our akonga. We recognise the importance of Te Reo Māori, Te Ao Māori and Tikanga Māori practices, which in turn creates a rich cultural environment for all our children.
Mā te kimi ka kite, Mā te kite ka mōhio, Mā te mōhio ka mārama | Seek and discover, Discover and know. Know and become enlightened
Our Connections & Relationships | Ta tatou hononga me nga hononga
Is it extremely important to all Kaiako at Pineapples that we build strong connections & relationships with all those we work with, including our whanau, our tamariki, our support workers and one another as educators. We are committed to ensuring that these relationships are nurtured, encouraged and valued for the contribution they bring to the learning, growth and developmental outcomes of all our akonga. These relationships are at the forefront of everything we do and we believe this is the basis for ongoing learning and achievement.
We also recognise the importance of making connections within our centre, not only with the tamariki but with each other as educators, with our environment and with the curriculum. These connections give every child in our centre the time, opportunity and freedom to grown and learn at their own pace. They know that they are loved, cared for and respected while they learn and grow.
Ma tini ma mano ka rap ate whai | Many hands make light work. Unity is strength
Our Life-long Learners | Te waihanga I te akonga kai roa ake
We acknowledge that we are in a position to create, encourage and celebrate life-long learners. We do this by using Te Whāriki to guide us and by supporting children to take the lead in their own learning. We are also guided by the intimate knowledge we have of our children’s strengths and needs, as well as our commitment to preparing them for the next stages of their learning journey. Our akonga are enthusiastic about contributing to the centre, to the environment and to their own learning.
Mā te huruhuru ka rere te manu | Adorn the bird with feathers so it may soar
Our Kaiako as Facilitators | Ko o tatou Kaiako aho he kaiarahi
Here at Pineapples the role of the Kaiako (teacher) is celebrated and is tongarewera (precious) to us. They are the facilitators of your child’s learning and are passionate, caring, nurturing and knowledgeable. Each of our kaiako, like our tamariki are unique individuals that come with their own thoughts, ideas and beliefs, aiding them to provoke thinking, questioning and examining. This means that each of our kaiako has something different to contribute and are committed to creating a supportive, collaborative, enriching learning environment and fostering the individual learning of the tamaiti (child). As a centre we support the ongoing learning and professional development of our kaiako to ensure wellbeing, belonging and achievement are achieved with each of Kaiako.
Poipoa te kakano kia puawai | Nurture the seed and it will blossom