Little Guppies

Our Philosophy

Children experience an effective programme that is developed around their strengths, interests and needs. Warm responsive and nurturing interactions support children’s wellbeing and emotional security. Children play co-operatively, demonstrating pleasure in each others company. Their social development is successfully promoted. The highly positive relationships teachers foster and develop with their families are also a feature. Staff successfully establish links between home and centre. They respect, encourage and value parent opinion and input.

Self-review processes successfully contribute to ongoing improvement to the quality of education and care children receive. Teachers meet regularly and engage in professional conversations focused on positive outcomes for children.

Educators and management work together, to provide a safe environment for children. Well managed procedures promote children’s health and safety.


Our aim is to provide quality care and education for our children, parents and whãnau

in a safe, respectful and embracing environment.


Empowering relationships through aroha (love), manaakitanga (care, integrity and respect), whãnaungatanga (sense of family).

Having Papatuãnuku/Mother Nature and our learning environment as a ‘third teacher’.

Holistic and inclusive environments and practices.

Providing quality and authentic experiences for the children.


Upholding Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Quality authentic experiences

Nature/Papatuãnuku as 3rd teacher

Responsive teachers attuned to infants’ needs.

Being inspired by Reggio Emelia

Promoting Tuakana/Teina

Holistic & inclusive approaches

Empowering relationships

Encouraging curiosity and embracing challenges

Creating places of wonder