Our Philosophy and Values


Our Philosophy

Here at Smiley Faces, we pride ourselves in our ability to develop an environment which fosters independence, empowerment, and natural learning discoveries for children, teachers, parents, and whānau.  Here we outline our philosophy and values, which help us build and maintain this environment.

We are dedicated to a culture where:

  • Parents and whānau are the primary teachers of their children, and we as teachers will work towards a partnership of trust, respect and acknowledgement of parent expertise through our daily interactions and ongoing learning experiences in the centre.
  • Teachers trust children, believing in their abilities to grow up as confident and competent young learners, and all decisions regarding children start with consideration and respect for their thinking and perspectives.
  • Children of all ages are natural investigators and researchers. We provide endless learning possibilities by preparing a well resourced and organised learning environment.
  • Literacy, science and numeracy are incorporated into our daily learning programme as teachers prepare the environment with tools which equip children to develop strong foundations in these areas.
  • We recognise that Maori are the first people of Aotearoa New Zealand. Te Reo Māori and Tikanga is respectfully woven into our daily teaching practice.
  • Te Whāriki, the New Zealand early childhood curriculum guides and supports our daily practices as strategies. We also acknowledge the New Zealand Primary curriculum which guides us in providing quality transition to school experiences for children.
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Our Core Values

  • Trust and respect for each other including children, teachers, parents, whānau and our wider community.
  • Manaakitanga – respect and care for the natural resources and environment.
  • Whanaungatanga – a sense of belonging for children, their families and all the people of Smiley Faces.
  • Ongoing learning and development is shared amongst everyone here at Smiley Faces including teachers, children, families and whanau.
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