Our Philosophy

At Seashells we believe whanau/families are the most important people in their tamariki/children’s lives, and our teachers will make sure that they communicate with them in partnership to strengthen the learning experiences and opportunities for their tamariki/ children.

We value the dual heritage of Aotearoa, New Zealand, and we believe in an honest and active commitment to the Tiriti o Waitangi, aiming to promote Tangata whenua and dual language and culture.

Teachers will provide by way of projects and interesting activities, a warm, caring, challenging, stimulating and enriching environment, which will encourage a culture of creativity, exploration and investigation to support tamariki/children to build a firm foundation for life-long learning.

Our teaching practice will be based on an emergent curriculum where assessment will be based on noticing, recognising and responding to the strengths and interests of individual tamariki/children and groups of tamariki/children. Programme assessment practices will be within the guidelines of Te Whaariki Principles and Strands.

Teachers will endeavor to support the holistic well-being of the tamariki/child. We aim to meet the emotional, physical and cognitive intelligences of all children/ tamariki in an environment that is safe, calm, unhurried and nurturing towards their well-being, so they are able to learn and grow as confident young children/tamariki ready, willing and able to continue to their learning journey with a positive and eager disposition.

Teachers will be professional and have knowledge of children’s development and learning. Teachers will be supported by undertaking professional development as to continually improve learning outcomes for children.

If you have any questions about our philosophy or any of our teaching practices, please contact us.