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Qualified Infant/Toddler Teachers Openings!

Remuera Fantail

Qualified Infant/Toddler Teacher Openings! Bear Park is family owned, running premium Reggio-inspired centres across Auckland for 33 years. Our early learning centres have beautiful facilities and are very well resourced. We have multiple openings for Qualified Infant/Toddler Teachers to join our dedicated team, whose practice is reflective of the values and principles of the Reggio Emilia …
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The Environment as the Third Teacher

Environment as the Third Teacher

The Reggio Emilia philosophy views the environment as the third teacher, a space for providing numerous opportunities for children to explore, experiment, develop their ideas, and test their theories. It should encourage collaboration and communication, exploration and discovery, inspiration and intrigue, and be a place for research. Well thought out aesthetically rich environments readily engage …
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The Power of Light

Power of Light

In the Fantail room, we have embarked on a journey into recycled materials and the possibilities they possess. The Fantail teachers have set up many provocations throughout this journey to ensure that children are gaining an understanding of recycled materials in their entirety through the power of light. Light is something that is apart of …
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Valuing Teacher Wellness

Teacher wellness

The role of a teacher is rewarding yet comes with many challenges. Teaching helps develop us as people – we experience growth physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually. When we place value in wellness amongst our teaching teams, we empower our teachers to find ways to balance the demands of teaching by developing a holistic approach …
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The Great Transformative Laboratory

Bear Park Patey Street

Cooperative relationships amongst children What does it mean for a small group of children to work and play together? Within our carefully crafted spaces, our centres are designed for both the child as an individual, and the children as a group. These environments nurture the child as an individual while also allowing the child to …
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Fresh perspectives on the Reggio Emilia Approach with Sue Stevely-Cole

Reggio Emilia approach

Bear Park’s group founder Sue Stevely-Cole recently returned from a week-long visit to the birthplace of the Reggio Emilia philosophy in Italy. Following a 3-day Reggio Children International Network meeting and two days of professional development sessions, Sue came back inspired with fresh perspectives and reflections on the Reggio Approach below. Embracing the culturally accepting …
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Pedagogical Mentoring to Foster Continuous Growth in our Reggio Teaching Team

Pedagogical Mentoring

Pedagogical mentoring is a fundamental and increasingly important part of professional learning and development for teachers in Aotearoa New Zealand. It is a way to build professional skills, knowledge and confidence as early childhood educators. Bear Park values our teaching team and invests in their careers to become meaningful and supportive teachers. In providing support for our teachers, our children can become …
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Experimenting with Creative Expression through Watercolours…

Magic of watercolours

Watercolours are a key artistic medium used within any atelier space. They provide the possibility for creative expression, sensory exploration, and scientific experimentation. Many of our tamariki (children) use watercolours to experiment with the limitless marks that can be created. One child explores the possibilities of forming droplets of colour on the paintbrush. Another child is …
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