Philosophy - Butterflies (2.5 to 5 years)

In Butterflies, children are encouraged to learn through their individual experiences and from group activities. We believe that children learn naturally through play and we aim to foster each child’s social, physical, intellectual and cultural wellbeing. Our programme follows Te Whaariki the National Early Childhood Curriculum document which aims to ensure that children:

"Grow up as confident, competent learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valuable contribution".

Children are affirmed as individuals and have equitable opportunity to explore and enjoy their learning environment. Our programme provides an environment for creative expression and self-help skills are developed in a child initiated environment supported by educators. We see children as individuals and support their holistic development and needs.  We recognise the importance of a safe secure environment, where children are able to experience a balance of routines, familiar experiences, as well as stimulating challenges.

Children are encouraged to develop social skills and understand the dynamics of group relationships. Attributes such as confidence, respect, responsibility and belonging are fostered.

Positive social relationships are formed between children, educators, parents and family. We value a real partnership with families and Whanau, where parents and caregivers are encouraged to be involved in their child’s learning through regular communication, both formal and informal.