Lincoln University Early Childhood Centre

Philosophy


MATAURANGA

Te manu e kai ana I te miro,nōna te ngahere;
Te manu e kai ana I te mātauranga nōna te ao.

The bird who partakes of the miro berry owns the forest;
The bird who partakes of education owns the world.

Tamariki experience a responsive curriculum where their interests are integral to inspiring learning through innovation, problem solving and fun. Our curriculum is grounded in a willingness to discover, persevere, inquire and explore, Kaitiakitanga and an active commitment to having a meaningful and reciprocal relationship with Papatūānuku is a critical taonga to preserve.

 

WHANAUNGATANGA

He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata

What is the most important thing in the world?
It is people, it is people, it is people.

We view meaningful relationships as the foundation for participation and engagement and therefore implicit in learning. We believe identity, and a sense of belonging empowers and builds confidence and nurtures wellbeing. With this in mind we actively support relationships in the centre and with our wider community. We acknowledge the mana and mauri of every individual and welcome the benefits of kotahitanga/unity.

 

AKO

Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti arahia o tatou mahi.

Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work.

Kaiako work in reciprocal partnerships with tāmariki, whānau, community and colleagues to createa rich environment designed to promote curiosity nurture ‘a can do attitude’, intrinsic motivation and provide learning challenges in a safe context. Kaiako are considered and intentional in their practice.

 

AKORANGA

Ehara taku toa I te toa takitahi engari he toa takitini.

I come not with my own strengths but bring with me the gifts, talents and strength of my family, tribe and ancestros.

As a community of learners (kaiako, tamariki and whānau) we value a strengths based approach and nurture diversity of perspectives, cultures and intentional actions supporting growth. We value the knowledge that tamariki bring with them from their world outside of LUECC and believe that this enriches their learning and the learning of others around them.

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lucom • December 7, 2015


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