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Bear Park Philosophy


Bear Park advocates for the rights of all children, valuing and embracing the culture of childhood and respecting children as active members of society.

We base our philosophy on te Tiriti o Waitangi; the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, of Te Whāriki; as well as the integration of a strong inspirational influence from the Educational Project of Reggio Emilia, in Italy.

Due to these above influences, we have chosen to write our philosophy statement under the four main principles of Te Whāriki, with our Bear Park Image of the Child, Image of the Parent and Image of the Teacher being incorporated within these.


Whakamana (Empowerment)
We empower children to be interactive learners and constructors of knowledge, actively engaging and exploring the wider world around them.

Kotahitanga (Holistic Development)
Our curriculum reflects the holistic way that children learn through acknowledging them as unique free-spirited individuals, who are competent, capable and beholding of a richness of cultural identity.

Whānau Tangata (Family and Community)
We acknowledge that the wider world of family, whānau and community is an integral part of our curriculum and we foster active participation from all three protagonists.

Nga Hononga (Relationships)
We believe children learn through responsive and reciprocal relationships with people, places and things so therefore encourage participation in meaningful relationships.


Strongly influenced by the Reggio Approach we are always striving to incorporate aspects of this within our Centre Programme.

This is reflected through our class meetings with the children; the way we ‘listen’ to the children (with ears & eyes); the flexibility and respectfulness we give to time; the children’s individual portfolios that reflect their individual identity; the support and encouragement that we give as teachers to the children and the partnership / relationship we have with the children in learning together.