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At Pukeko ELC we are inspired by the Reggio Emilia and RIE approaches and thrive to incorporate these into our daily practices in our Pipi and Paua rooms. We provide a safe, inclusive and natural environment with open-ended resources where children are empowered to create their own working theories, develop their own ideas, knowledge and skills to create their own meaningful play and learning experiences.

We believe it is important for children and their families to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance. Children thrive in an environment where they feel safe and secure and are treated with respect. Through open communication and co-operation, Teachers acknowledge, accept and respect the aspirations of parents for their children and value family and community contributions to the planning and curriculum.

Teachers recognise play as valued and meaningful learning. Pukeko’s environment is set up to create a sense of curiosity and wonder so that children can engage and play meaningfully. We believe that children develop the skills, dispositions and knowledge to be curious, ask questions, problem solve, test theories and be challenged through a stimulating and exciting environment. We see children as capable and confident learners, rich with wonder and potential.

Our curriculum incorporates rich bicultural and multicultural experiences which acknowledge the partnership of Te Tiriti O Waitangi and values the unique place of Māori as tangata whenua of Aotearoa New Zealand. Te Reo and Tikanga are respectfully interwoven through our curriculum.

Teachers use an investigative approach to learning by identifying the children’s interests and investigating alongside the children. Learning is ignited for children when their interests are captured, supported, enhanced and co-constructed by teachers who listen and follow the individual children’s inquiry.

Relationships between children and teachers are caring and nurturing, based on respect and aroha. Children are made to feel special and unique, and to know that they have a place. Teachers respect that each child has the right to be individual or to be a valued participant of a group.

At Pukeko ELC, we want each individual child to reach their fullest potential and develop into a confident, capable and successful child with a life-long love for learning.