Bear Park believes in the individual child and the rights of that child, and in doing so we base our philosophy on the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum Te Whāriki, with a strong inspirational influence from the Educational Philosophy of Reggio Emilia in Italy.
We centre our philosophy on the four main principles of Te Whāriki and integrate these with our own Image of the Child, resulting in the following aspects: -
Empowerment: Our curriculum empowers the child to learn and grow through supporting them to become interactive learners and constructors of knowledge.
Holistic Development: Our curriculum reflects the holistic way that children learn and grow through acknowledging them as unique free-spirited individuals.
Family and Community: The wider world of family and community is an integral part of our curriculum and we foster active participation from all three protagonists.
Relationships: Children learn through responsive and reciprocal relationships with people, places and things and we encourage the 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.