Ko Te Ahumairangi te maunga, Ko Kaiwharawhara te awa, Ko Te Whanganui a Tara te moana, Ko Ngake ko Whaitaitai ngā taniwha, Ko Te Puna Reo o Ngā Kākano te kura matauranga
Te pae tawhiti
Our vision for the centre is:
Whakatipuria te kākano kia pihi, kia puāwai
“Nurture the seed to flourish and bloom” in other words, “Preparing our tamariki for the future”.
Our role as educators and kaiako is to nurture our tamariki so they develop the skills, experience, and confidence to express themselves within te ao Māori and te ao whanui.
Te Puna Reo
We provide a child-focused programme based on the principles, strands and goals of Te Whāriki- Early Childhood Education curriculum guidelines.
We provide tamariki with opportunities for a wide variety of learning experiences through the medium of Te Reo Māori.
Our focus on te reo and tikanga Māori is an endeavour to revitalise the te reo Māori as well as to promote and encourage the social, cultural and spiritual awareness of whānau so they are empowered to be biculturally competent.
We also have a strong focus on nature education and ensuring we teach our tamariki the values of kaitiakitanga of Papatuanuku.
A tamaiti that achieves through their own experience acquires a kind of knowledge that is different to a tamaiti who is offered ready-made solutions.
Our tamariki are offered the freedom to make choices, to experience the world in their own terms with support and guidance from their Educarers. At the same time special attention is given to their caregiving routines, such as feeding, nappy changing and dressing, and sleeping in order to give tamariki quality one on one interactions with their caregiver.
Te Puna Reo o Ngā Kākano uses some of the practices and philosophies of Emmi Pikler and Magda Gerber, the founding director of Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE). This is a peaceful and respectful method of “Educaring” which honours our pepi / tamariki as unique and competent, empowering them to become secure and self-confident.
Te Puna Reo