Nurturing Healthy Growth
Participate in a play based nurturing educational environment that is founded on Christian principles.
Eden Cottage Early Learning and Care, offers each child and whānau/family an opportunity to participate in a play based nurturing educational environment that is founded on Christian principles. We believe that strong teamwork between management, educators and parents is imperative to the development of a positive, nurturing, safe and fun curriculum and environment for our children.
Eden Cottage is founded on Christian principles such as;
We believe that outcomes for children are best when centre management, educators and parents/guardians work in partnership. We provide opportunities for parent/guardian participation and contribution through voicing their aspiration for their children, cultural events and the Parents Forum.
We work alongside our families to support each child’s emotional, physical, spiritual, social and intellectual development through the provision of age appropriate learning experiences. We foster and encourage the development of social competency skills such as empathy, respect, collaboration and kindness.
We respect Te Titiri o Waitangi and work towards extending and providing children an understanding of Tikanga Māori and te reo Māori. In practice we implement this through: waiata (songs), karakia (prayer), kapu (phrases) and the celebration of Matariki. We acknowledge Māori as tangata whenua (people of the land) and welcome their participation and aspirations for our Māori tamariki.
Our programme is based on the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum Te Whāriki, which empowers children to be the initiators of their own learning. As teachers we notice, recognise and respond to children’s individual interests and provide experiences that extend their learning and development. Our team is inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophical approach that empowers children to create their own learning environment which challenges and maximises their curiosity and creativity.