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.
We value 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 Whitby Educare, 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.
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.
Here at Whitby Educare, we are committed to an on-going bi-cultural learning journey. Kaiako are supported on this journey by learning about our local Tangata Whenua, Ngāti Toa Rangatira. We are always looking at ways to improve our use of reo within our practice, alongside learning about pepeha, waiata, and karakia. Kaiako work hard to identify areas in our practice and environments that may need strengthening. Internal evaluations support us to look closer at our environments, wall displays, and front foyer area which is inclusive ever-growing with more natural resources such as kete, shells, bark, and feathers to mention a few. We endeavour to use Te Reo Maori names within these areas, and are proud of our bi-cultural journey.
Our Vision & Philosophy
- Children are learners in their own right.
- We will encourage our tamariki to explore their own interests, take calculated risks, & share the wonderments of their discoveries.
- We will use innovative and creative pedagogical practices that will challenge and invite curiosity from all those associated with the centre.
- We will embrace the diverse cultures within our community and also celebrate individuality.
- We will strive to create a centre that will play its part in working towards sound sustainable practices.
- We aspire to support Tamariki to take risks and practice independence and develop their social/emotional competencies
- We will support tamariki to safely develop and maintain strong relationships with kaiako, other tamarki and promote friendships, compassion and kindness
- We are guided by Te Whariki, and other pedagogical theories.
- We strive to provide a nurturing, trustful, warm, and respectful environment
- We are committed to communicating with whānau to provide secure, positive and quality care.
- We are determined to embrace and strengthen our cultural understanding of Tataiako and Tapasa and Te Reo Maori me tikanga practices.
Our centre has 2 separate rooms, perfectly catering to each age and stage of your childs development.
When a child transitions within the centre, we celebrate with a Whakawhiti. This involves the tamariki & whanau being passed onto their new Kaiako & friends. This creates a further sense of belonging within the centre.
Geckos | Infants
0 – 2 years
Our Geckos area has it’s own playground, non-movers area and sleep room. Although it’s and under two room, we evaluate each child & their needs with the goal of transitioning them at the appropriate time.
Tuataras | Chameleons
2yrs – 5 yrs
This is our main area with lots of activity. It leads out to a large playground, sandpit and garden’s.
We introduce sustainable habits and practices to our children by encouraging them to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Using Storypark significantly reduces the amount of paper used for forms and newsletters.
We use local suppliers and partners where possible, supporting the sustainability of businesses in our community.
We believe every little bit helps to ensure sustainability for our precious future generations!
Connecting Children with Nature
The natural world is a giant, open-ended learning laboratory. Children are innate scientists and love to experience the sights, scents, sounds, and textures of the outdoor environment. At Whitby Educare, we are always looking for learning opportunities that embrace nature.
Through free play, children spontaneously connect with nature right here in our own playground and outdoor environment.
Our toddlers and pre-schoolers thrive on using their imagination as they become explorers in their own environment, doing this means they are encouraged to investigate and learn names of animals, insects, plants, and their purposes on our earth. We love seeing the children learn to care for their centre environment, their community, and the great big world we live in!
Contact us, book a tour, we’d love to hear from you!
We understand that your child’s education & care is a priority and that choosing the right 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 centre and meet our Teaching Team!