Rural Scholars Early Childhood Learning Centre, Waimate

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Our Philosophy


At Rural Scholars Early Learning Centre we encourage children to become involved in the daily care of a wide range of animals, which includes regular visits on the farm, where children can regularly connect with nature.

We believe that encouraging respect and responsibility for animals instills these values in our children.

Rural Scholars Early Learning Centre is committed to bi-culturalism, and will promote te reo and ngā tikanga māori through-out the program.

We offer innovative and exciting experiences that promote a sense of self-belief / pono in our young tamariki.

We believe a child learns through their play. We work alongside each child to support their strengths and interests. We notice, recognise and respond to children's interests, knowledge, development and dispositions.

We will build warm, meaningful relationships based on respect with our children/tamariki and their families, whanau, community and each other.

We celebrate diversity, individualism and welcome everyone into our inclusive environment.

We encourage challenge, risk taking, participation and independence ensuring that the children's self–belief / pono will be affirmed and enhanced.

We provide an environment that is rich with literacy, numeracy, music, expressive arts, te reo, tikanga maori, languages and that supports the children's/tamariki creativity.

We celebrate with our families, children's birthdays, cultures, special family occasions, successes and learning that each child is involved in.

Our program offers a variety of experiences to encourage and excite our children's desire to learn. We take a holistic approach to learning and development.

Teachers plan for; implement and assess each child's learning and development and document this in children's learning journals. Teachers will discuss and make decisions for the provision of high quality care and education at fortnightly planning meetings.

Rural Scholars Early Learning Centre is a place where children/tamariki and their families/whanau and teachers are valued and nurtured.