We’ve embraced the vision of Te Whāriki, New Zealand’s Early Childhood Curriculum – Empowerment, Holistic Development, Family and Community, Relationships.
At Little Ants we wanted to create a vibrant environment where your children could learn a range of skills and values that will benefit them for a lifetime. It’s why we’ve embraced the vision of Te Whāriki, New Zealand’s Early Childhood Curriculum…
“Te Whariki expresses our vision that all children grow up in New Zealand as competent and confident learners, strong in their identity, language and culture. It encompasses our bi-cultural foundations our multi-cultural present and the shared future we are creating."
At Little Ants we’ve based our learning on Te Whāriki’s four main principles:
Empowerment - Whakamana: A learning environment where children can grow.
Holistic Development - Kotahitanga: A curriculum that reflects a holistic way of learning.
Family and Community – Whànau Tangata: Learning that connects children to family and the wider community.
Relationships - Ngà Hononga: Learning through quality relationships with people, places, and things.
These four principles give rise to the following five strands (essential areas of learning and development) and each of these strands comprise of different goals. The principles and strands together form the framework for the curriculum.
Strand 1: Well-being – Mana Atua
The health and well-being of the child are protected and nurtured.
Strand 2: Belonging – Mana Whenua
Children and their families feel a sense of belonging.
Strand 3: Contribution – Mana Tangata
Opportunities for learning are equitable, and each child’s contribution is valued.
Strand 4: Communication – Mana Reo
The languages and symbols of their own and other cultures are promoted and protected.
Strand 5: Exploration – Mana Aotūroa
The child learns through active exploration of the environment.
At Little Ants we are passionate about making a difference in the lives of families, providing a home away from home. We want to provide a warm and inviting environment that is inclusive, holistic and stimulating. We want to encourage family values and provide the opportunity to be part of a supportive community for families in our centre. We want the children who come through our centre to develop the three R's Respect, Resourcefulness and Resiliance, as we feel these dispostions will lead them well through life. Our philosophy is built from our motto which is Nurture, Inspire, Grow.....
“Poipoia te kakano kia puawai”
“Nurture the seed and it will blossom”
– Maori Whakatoki
Nurture - 'Whangai'
We believe in the importance of nurturing children’s growth and development, helping them to develop social/emotional/physical skills in a fun and supportive environment. By celebrating their individuality and uniqueness, we aim to secure their place in our diverse community.
Tamariki’s feeling of belonging and wellbeing is vitally important. This is why we believe in nurturing the relationships between them their families and the teachers, and scaffolding their exploration and development of the world, in an environment that is safe and familiar.
“Agar upar ki taraf dekho toh vahaan koi seema nahi hai”
“If you look up, there are no limits”
– Hindu proverb
Inspire - 'Te Whanake'
Inspiring children to have a passion for learning, building adaptive free thinkers and problem solvers, who engage with the world around them with curiosity, creativity and enthusiasm.
By providing an environment and learning culture that encourages creativity, exploration and experimentation. We believe in teaching children to use trial and error, to build resilience, persistence and to understand that there are multiple ways of thinking and achieving goals. To keep looking up….
“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 Whariki, The New Zealand Early childhood curriculum
Grow - 'Te Puawai'
The ant mascot is a potent reminder of our ideals and philosophy. In nature ants are community and family focused the good of the whole is their central focus. They are natural problem solvers and have a complex system for organisation and communication.
They are the only non-mammal that can learn and teach, they are resourceful and have the ability to modify their environment, and work collectively as well as individuals. These are things we want to ‘grow’ in the children in our care, communication, problem solving, being adaptable, motivated, empathetic, resourceful, persistence, team work, inclusive, free thinkers.