Our Team

Our kaiako (teachers) are wonderful and amazing people, who have been selected based on their experience within the Early Childhood Education field, their professional knowledge of teaching and nurturing young children and their philosophy of education and knowledge of child development.

Our Rosedale childcare centre values professional development, and encourage our team to participate in a variety of courses, in order to grow and keep up to date with new developments in the educational field.

At Learning Tree Apollo Drive, happy and content staff are as important as happy children. We work at keeping our staff for long periods to ensure stability for the children and a consistent learning environment.

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Philosophy

The Learning Tree is a picture of your child. When he or she comes to us they come as a seedling ready to be shaped and developed into a fully flourishing, unique individual, equipped to take the next step in their growth.

The first element of this development is the provision of a safe, loving environment where your child will be nurtured and cared for by trained educators who will role model and encourage them to follow the centre’s values. These values include honesty, respect, trust, integrity, cooperation, and caring for others, which underpin all decisions made in the centre.

The second aspect is the provision of an inspirational learning environment that will develop the mental, emotional, physical and social skills of your child. This holistic approach will result in your child growing from a seedling to a tree, branching out to unlimited potential and endless possibilities.

Learning Tree Childcare Apollo Drive in Rosedale is committed to providing a strong learning environment in partnership with you as the child’s parents, caregivers and whanau, so that together we can see your child become well- rounded, confident and competent.

Curriculum

We are committed to follow the aspirations of the New Zealand National ECE Curiculum, Te Whāriki,

“For children to grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society”.

Te Whāriki envisages kaiako in early learning settings working in partnership with parents, whānau and community to realise this vision. The expectation is that, in their early years, children will experience a curriculum that empowers them as lifelong learners.

Te Whāriki supports this work by providing a framework of principles and strands. The principles are the foundations of curriculum decision making and a guide for every aspect of pedagogy and practice. The strands are 5 areas of learning and development, where the focus is on supporting children to develop the capabilities they need as confident and competent learners. Each setting takes these principles and strands and, in partnership with parents and whānau, uses them to ‘weave’ a curriculum whāriki that is specifically designed for their children.

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We believe all children are capable, competent learners and our philosophy is influenced by the following principles:

  • Children must have some control over the direction of their learning
  • Children must be able to learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, seeing, and hearing;
  • Children have a relationship with other children and with material items in the world that children must be allowed to explore and
  • Children must have endless ways and opportunities to express themselves

Nō mātou te whakapono, nā ngā tamairiki katoa te huarahi ki te ako. Anei ngā mātāpono e ū ana ki a mātou:

  • Ko ētahi wā, me ārahi e ngā tamariki i te huarahi ki te ako
  • Me ako ngā tamariki ki ngā wheako – ā – tāringa, ā-waha, ā-karu me ngā wheako-ā-tā
  • Me tūhono ngā tanariki ki tētahi i tētahi e ngā taputapu o te ao
  • Mā ngā tamariki ngā huarahi maha e whakaputa ki te whakaatu i ō rātou ngākau
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Contact us or drop into our childcare on Apollo Drive, Rosedale. We’d love to hear from you.

Here at Learning Tree Apollo Drive, we understand that your child’s education and care is a priority and that choosing the right early childhood centre can be a big decision. We would be delighted to share in your child’s learning journey. Feel welcome to contact us in whichever way is most convenient for you, or visit our Rosedale childcare centre and meet our teachers.