We welcome families from all cultures and
endeavour to celebrate each child’s cultural background, from incorporating
their home language into our daily programme, through to celebrating their important
cultural events. We also work to give each child a sense of their cultural
identity as a New Zealander. Children learn in Te Reo (the Maori language) and NZ sign language alongside the English language, and find out about tikanga (Maori
customs and traditions), local history, and Te Ao Marama (the Maori world view).
We employ three qualified, certificated and experienced teachers, and follow the national early childhood curriculum – Te Whāriki, combining free play with experiences that support and extend children’s current interests.
The Aro Valley Preschool is a parent run
co-operative. This means that families/whānau make the decisions about the overall
philosophy, policies and direction of the preschool. It also means that each family/whānau contributes to
the operation of the preschool.