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“Every child is unique and has gifts, talents and abilities to be nurtured”

We believe in celebrating the beauty and individuality of every child. Our learning model is based on four pillars, and these inspire us in the way we care for and work with children. These pillars provide the foundation for all we do, to enable children to learn and grow – not only their brains, but their bodies, their hearts, their spirits and their relationships. At Creators we believe children deserve the best possible experiences and environments so they can be all they can be.

1. Love and Connection

“There is nothing more artistic than to love people” – Pablo Picasso

A child cannot thrive if they are not loved first. Authentic love of each child is at the heart of all our actions at Creators.  Neuroscience tells us that the brain needs to be in a state of well-being before it can be ready for learning. The warm environment of love and genuine connection we foster at Creators enhances every child’s learning and development.

Pillar One at play:

Our classrooms are ‘mindfulness zones’. These are places where we remember to slow down and be present with each other. At Creators children receive one-on-one attention, and their needs and voices are respected. We listen and respond with love and genuine connection.

2. The Reggio Emilia Approach

“Our task, regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains, as high as possible. No one can do more” – Loris Malaguzzi

Every child is born with unlimited potential and a life full of possibility. Given the right environment and support, children are capable of achieving more than what we can think. Inquiry learning and problem-solving are a major focus of the Reggio Emilia approach and inspire what we do. This innovative educational philosophy was founded by Italian psychologist Loris Malaguzzi, a visionary who understood that children are beautiful, powerful and competent beings full of curiosity and potential. In the Reggio approach teachers, parents and the environment are all elements that encourage children to explore their world, ask questions and become creative problem-solvers.

Pillar Two at play:

We engage in yearly ‘inquiry projects’ where the greatest learning moments are sparked by the children and their questions. Together, we explore and learn together, side by side.  

3. Nature play – Tata Ki te papatūānuku

“You protect what you fall in love with” – Louie Schwartzberg

Nature is our playground - a place of learning and wonder. Children should be free to explore and discover the beauty of the natural world. When a child is playing outdoors, they are doing many things – problem solving, testing boundaries and, importantly, learning to fall in love with nature. Our all weather nature programme is called  Close to the earth – tata ki te papatūānuku. When children treasure the natural environment they learn to protect and respect its resources – important for the future of the earth.

Pillar Three at play:

Rain or shine we’re outdoors inviting our tamariki to wonder about the world they live in. We aim to use real world experiences to initiate and contribute to learning. 

4. Values-based learning

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not.” – Dr Seuss

Our children are active contributing members of their community, able to make a meaningful difference in their world. They have rights, ideas and voices and as adults it is our job to listen and enable their ideas into action. Through our curriculum they are empowered to solve real world problems, look at the world through the lens of social justice and empathy, and make a meaningful contribution to the community. Together we create the world in which we would all love to live in, founded on the values of aroha and manaakitanga.