Rainbow Early Learning Philosophy

Rainbow welcomes all children, families and whanau and acknowledges their diverse cultural backgrounds.

We acknowledge New Zealand’s dual heritage and are committed to supporting biculturalism in our programme Te reo and tikanga Māori are woven into our daily practices.

As a team we value and believe in providing an environment where children’s social competence is fostered through positive and, collaborative relationships with peers, teachers and whānau.

We foster respectful relationships with each other, nature and our environment. We are committed to developing partnerships with our local and wider community to extend our teaching and learning.

It is our belief to support and encourage children to express themselves creatively through play and exploration.

We believe children are empowered with a love of learning when there are responsive and holistic teaching practices, partnerships with families and the wider learning community, supporting the children’s transition to School.

We offer an emergent curriculum based on each child’s unique strengths, dispositions and interests blended with structured learning experiences. The learning is supported by reflective, intentional and collaborative teaching practices.

Te Whāriki is our guiding curriculum document (Ministry of Education, 1996). This guides us in our teaching practice and assessment of children’s learning and development.