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Our Centre Community Philosophy:

We are committed to our tamariki (our taonga - treasures), who are held in the highest esteem.  We support each tamariki to grow as confident, competent learners and communicators, secure in their sense of belonging at the centre, in the local community and the wider world.

Whanaungatanga is at the foundation of our curriculum. We value and nurture respectful, reciprocal relationships and we work in partnership with whānau and our community to create a unique local curriculum.  We honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Te Ao Māori by weaving Te Reo and tikanga Māori into our programme, encouraging tamariki to celebrate our bicultural heritage.

We are also a multicultural community and value and celebrate each child's unique culture, traditions and rituals, making connections with their home life and honouring their family's aspirations for their child.

We aspire for our tamariki to become Kaitiakitanga - guardians of Papatūānuku (Mother Earth), with a deep connection to nature and a commitment to nurturing and caring for our planet.

Our programme incorporates free and structured play, to provide tamariki with fun, high quality learning experiences in a safe, stimulating environment that encourages and values curiosity, exploration and resilience, supporting a foundation for lifelong learning. 


Ahakoa he iti, he pounamu

Be it ever so small, it is precious as jade

You can find a link to our Education Review Office report here.


Early childhood teacher, reading to children at islington kindy
children playing in outdoor water play at islington kindy
children playing in sandpit at islington kindy in north east valley, dunedin
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