Philosophy

We believe that children develop and grow through respectful relationships with people, places and the environment and that each child is entitled to be cared for, nurtured, respected and treated as unique individuals.

We believe children to be capable and competent learners, able to construct their own ideas, test their own theories and decide their own directions of learning.

To support children’s competencies, we offer a free choice environment, where children are able to make independent decisions about their play.

Our environment is designed to inspire, provoke thinking and inquiry and offer challenges for all ages. The equipment and experiences we provide are designed to reflect the natural world, as well as a respect for the earth and its resources. We believe this allows children to be active explorers, able to seek understanding of their world and the way it works across all the learning areas.

Anuhe Room Philosophy

At Magnolia Tree Childcare under 2’s, we believe in absolute respect for our infants and toddlers.

We are guided by the beliefs and philosophies of Emmi Pikler and Magda Gerber, so our focus is on respectful care, education and relationships with each child.

Our respectful relationships approach allows us to implement two of our core principles; a primary care giving system and a freedom of movement programme.

Alongside these, we focus on providing a caring and nurturing environment where children are free to make their own unhurried play choices, emotionally secure in themselves and the teachers who support them.


Our Values

  • Positive respectful relationships between children, families and teachers
  • An environment which reflects the natural world and enables children to be active explorers and constructors of their own learning
  • The place of Papatuanuku (Mother Earth) and the natural world in all that we do
  • Supporting children to develop their creative expression
  • The provision of a free choice programme which enables children to make their own decisions about what they are learning
  • An emergent curriculum, based on children’s interests and ideas

Our Goals

  • To provide a place where children feel safe, happy, respected and cared for
  • To empower children to be lifelong learners, confident in themselves and their own capabilities
  • To honour all cultures who attend our centre, with a particular emphasis on weaving Te Reo and Tikanga Māori into our everyday practice
  • To acknowledge the importance of our curriculum document, Te Whāriki in all that we do
  • To enable children to experience the wonder of the natural world Our values
  • Positive respectful relationships between children, families and teachers
  • An environment which reflects the natural world and enables children to be active explorers and constructors of their own learning
  • The place of Papatuanuku (Mother Earth) and the natural world in all that we do
  • Supporting children to develop their creative expression
  • The provision of a free choice programme which enables children to make their own decisions about what they are learning
  • An emergent curriculum, based on children’s interests and ideas