“Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul.”
At Play to Learn we value the importance of play in early childhood, thus creating numerous opportunities for children to explore the world and develop their sense of self and personal identity through meaningful, hands on experiences.
Our Childcare Philosophy
We believe in nurturing the child’s whole self by inspiring self-confidence and building strong reciprocal relationships with the child and their whanau in a positive, emotionally safe environment. We respect and acknowledge the dual heritage of Aotearoa honouring the Treaty of Waitangi and embracing the Maori culture and language and as New Zealand grows in cultural diversity we invite all families to celebrate their personal heritage and traditions within our centre.
We are a mixed age centre that encourages strong family values through ‘tuakana-teina’ (young children learning from older children and older children taking care and responsibility for younger children) as they would naturally at home. We strive to create a family friendly environment where children feel loved and cared for at all times, their home away from home.
Play to Learn Early Learning Centre Te Rapa, Hamilton believes in a curriculum, which integrates teachers, families, children, peers, the environment and resources around them. Experiences are specifically planned for, as well as activities and experiences, which are spontaneous.
New Zealand’s Early Childhood curriculum has been envisaged as a Whāriki, or mat, woven integrating the many strands, which form their curriculum and beliefs. Te Whāriki recognises the diversity of early childhood education. Different programs, cultures, philosophies, structures and environments, which contribute to the distinctive patterns of the Whāriki.