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Implementing a bi-cultural pedagogy

bi-cultural pedagogy

In Aotearoa (New Zealand) we are lucky to be living in a land that is home to a multitude of different cultures. The unique blend of Māori, Pacific Island, European and Asian cultures provide an opportunity to broaden our perspectives and deepen our thinking about the world and ourselves. Part of belonging to this multicultural …
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Appeal for Australia


Our thoughts and prayers are with the communities being devastated by the fires which continue to burn across Australia. All 11 Bear Park centres have committed to supporting the fire services and wildlife protection agencies committed to helping those affected. Below are several links where you can show your support! Please visit the links below …
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Why we chose Bear Park for our child

Bear Park Childcare, Parent Testimonial

Bear Park centres have always advocated for all children to a childhood that nurtures their confidence and abilities to become capable individuals empowered to their full potential. We continue to be inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach and our philosophy remains grounded in our four main principles of whakama/empowerment, kotihitanga/holistic development, whanau tangata/family and community, …
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Creating learning spaces

learning spaces

“It has been said that the environment should act as a kind of aquarium which reflects the ideas, attitudes and lifestyle of the people who live in it.” —Loris Malaguzzi At Bear Park, we create learning spaces of wonder and curiosity that invite children to explore, discover, and engage with rich materials, including natural and …
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Why Bear Park teachers do what we do

The early years of life are critical in child development. During this time, personalities are being formed and attitudes toward learning are solidified. In these early years, children are learning about how they feel about themselves and others; they are quickly adapting skills and knowledge about their world. Children are filled with great wonder and …
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Fostering learning in our under two’s room through the ‘hundred languages’

toddler learning, early childhood education auckland

Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, we place high value on children’s communication, learning, and self-expression through their hundred languages. Loris Malaguzzi (the founder of the Reggio Approach) describes the hundred languages as “infinite ways that children can express, explore, and connect their thoughts, feelings and imaginings”. Within the Fantail room (ages 1-2 years) at …
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