Centre Philosophy

Here at Child’s Wonder, we welcome children and whānau into a warm and respectful environment where we celebrate and value uniqueness.

Our philosophy is inspired by the Virtues Project and the principles of Te Whāriki, the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum. We recognise our heritage is founded in Te Tiriti o Waitangi and create opportunities for our tamariki to experience the languages, music, arts and stories of the cultures of Aotearoa and the diverse community we are part of.

Our families are part of our Centre and we value and respect the unique knowledge and contributions of whānau in the decisions making process around tamariki’s care and education.

Our programme is based on the interests of each child and provides tamariki with time to explore and discover and to make sense of the world around them. Children are encouraged to be responsible and kind, finding joy and playfulness in every day.

Our dedicated teaching team provide high quality teaching and learning experiences through an environment where we value each other’s strengths and collective knowledge. We empower with an awareness of their uniqueness and ensure tamariki know how valued they are.

Our environment is guided by the Virtues Project and Te Ao Māori concepts of:

AkoLearning from each other – Respect

I share my knowledge through words and actions
My teachers believe in me
My teachers know they have a lot to learn from me


Manaakitanga – Kindness

I care for my friends, my teachers and the environment
I look after new friends and teachers
I will show kindness towards others and it will be shown to me


Whanaungatanga – Belonging – Trust

My family have a place at Child’s Wonder
I feel safe and I trust my teachers to care for me
I know where I come from and why I am unique


“Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti arahia o tatou mahi

Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work.”