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Our Philosophy

Farmhouse Preschool is a privately owned centre where staff and families work together to provide a safe, rural environment. We offer natural play opportunities that encourage risk taking and social interaction.

We are qualified or training, professional teachers and kaiako, who truly love what we do, and are dedicated to our profession. We are committed to making your child’s day full of fun and happiness, love and laughter, through play and guided learning. We value trust, fairness, patience, calmness, empathy, aroha and respect.

At Farmhouse Preschool we facilitate children’s learning and prepare tamariki for their future challenges, encouraging them to be life-long learners. Your child comes to us as an individual, capable of many things, with varied strengths and interests. We endeavour to foster these, as well as to provide opportunities to develop their physical, emotional, social, independent, cognitive, and creative selves.

We teach our children, our tamariki to value and look after our environment, to be kaitiaki, and that all living things are precious and have Mauri. We reflect the bicultural and multicultural nature of our centres. We believe that it is important to teach our tamariki about our local area and history and our tangata whenua. We use te reo Māori and tikanga Māori in our daily practise.

We believe that each family and child has a uniqueness to offer. We include families, whānau and community as much as possible in our programme, as we believe a good partnership between home and preschool is essential to learning. 

We keep comprehensive portfolios that reflect your child’s time with us. Our portfolios capture learning, personality and friendship moments.

Our staff are warm and friendly, and we welcome visits from whānau, parents and tamariki.

Every ECE service in New Zealand is required to have a philosophy. But what does it really mean?

A philosophy is simply a statement which says... 

"This is the way we do things around here..."

A philosophy is dynamic set of intentions that can change as we learn and grow.