“Small Oaks Grow

Small Oaks Centre Philosophy

Here at Small Oaks we view the environment as being the third teacher, alongside parents and teachers.  We believe that all children who leave here will be confident in their identity, language and culture. 

As teachers we will strive to create an environment that supports children to be, respectful, independent, competent learners who have the skills and knowledge required for life long learning.

Our aspirations are for all children when they move on from Small Oaks to be physically, emotionally and spiritually safe and healthy.   Through our programme, interactions, and knowledge of our children and rohe we believe we will achieve this.

We aim to provide meaningful experiences for children that build upon their current interests and strengths and include the fundamentals of the New Zealand Curriculum Te Whāriki.

Throughout our environment and programme we will incorporate and role model respect for other cultures while acknowledging New Zealand’s own bi-cultural context.

Our practice and attitude reflect the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, which include working in partnership with children, whānau and community; protecting Maori knowledge, values, language and taonga; and encouraging participation that reflects equity and positive outcomes for all.

E Tipu E Rea – “To Grow and Thrive”

Sir Āpirana Turupa Ngata