Our philosophy at Lincoln University Early Childhood Centre reflects the following four key values: whanaungatanga, manaakitanga, intentionality and responsiveness. Whanaungatanga and manaakitanga reflect our bicultural values, and intentionality and responsiveness reflect our professional practice as teachers.
We believe that nurturing relationships and communication with our families and the wider community is paramount, ensuring we connect with people and their cultures and honour the diversity they bring to our centre.
We acknowledge and celebrate children as they move through their individual learning journey by providing opportunities, supporting children to share their ideas, and by respecting and valuing the contributions they make.
We believe in creating an environment that promotes wonder, as well as the desire to explore and make discoveries. We value play as central to this learning journey. Our practice supports children to develop social competencies in order to become life-long learners.
Intentionality is reflected in our assessment and planning process for individuals and groups, as teachers enhance and strengthen ongoing learning skills and dispositions for children.
We value teachers/kaiako as reflective and intentional practitioners and support them by providing opportunities for ongoing professional learning.
We recognise children’s interests, strengths and needs, and genuinely respond to these through co-operative and collaborative practice. We believe that responsiveness builds trust in relationships.
We believe that early childhood education provides the foundation for children to form attitudes and values about the world around them that they will carry with them throughout their lives. We encourage environmental awareness through sustainable practices within our centre and provide experiences within a natural environment that fosters the development of children’s empathy and respect for the natural world.
Central to our philosophy is our aspiration for all 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 Whàriki, He Whàriki Màtauranga mò ngà Mokopuna o Aotearoa, Early Childhood Curriculum).
We are influenced and bound by the guidelines of Te Whāriki: Early Childhood Curriculum and this guides our assessment and planning processes for children.
Feed the World / Protect the Future / Live well