Philosophy

At The Nurtury we welcome all children and believe they have the right to quality care and education. Following the foundation principles of Vygotsky’s theory and the Reggio Emilia approach we seek to equip children to become confident and competent life-long learners.


We are committed to respecting our Bi-Cultural heritage, founded in te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We incorporate bi-cultural practices through the use of te reo and tikanga Māori through our daily routine.


Our natural environment allows our children to experience and explore nature in ways that provide challenge and enjoyment. The farmyard provides opportunities for children to interact with animals, which fosters basic concepts of sustainability and nurture.

Children’s development is also strengthened/enhanced by our unique setting which includes a big field and a well equipped gym. Both our indoor and outdoor environments are stimulating, well resourced and numeracy and literacy rich.


Te Whāriki, the Early Childhood Curriculum, guides our practice. Our trained teachers are passionate team members who, through intentional teaching, ensure positive outcomes for each child. We believe free play and child focused activities enable children to develop and grow at their natural pace, reaching their individual potential as young learners.


We respect each child’s holistic uniqueness and value who they are as individuals and what they bring with them. We also acknowledge the partnership between the Centre, home and wider whānau, and encourage strong and effective relationships based on open and honest communication, trust and respect.