We think of Peacocks Early Learning Centre as a large extended whānau (family), embracing tamariki (children), parents, kaiako (teachers) and all other staff members. Peacocks is a nurturing, engaging and pleasing environment of learning for all our tamariki, and parents and kaiako. We endeavour to provide an environment that creates, inspires and supports children to think, wonder, be challenged, investigate further and research their working theories of the world around them.
We create a respectful culture of teaching and learning where:
- tamariki, and adults, flourish and reach their full potential,
- investigations by tamariki (and adults) is essential to our daily experiences wherein Te Whāriki is implemented as our curriculum,
- tamariki, their whānau and staff feel welcome, and their culture is respected; everyone's mana and wairua are valued
- kaiako are dedicated and passionate, and professional development is encouraged
- we are connected to the Epsom community, and the wider world.
We live and work by the following values:
- Aroha (love) and respect - we believe in developing an environment that has a great foundation of aroha and respect. Aroha and respect for tamariki, kaiako, whānau and a deep passion for learning.
- Manaakitanga – warm, welcoming, hospitable, kind and caring, and trustworthy; like family
- Whānaungatanga - based on genuine respect, appreciation and support given to all.
- Tikanga Whakaako - Ako recognises teaching and learning as a reciprocal process wherein teachers are learners and learners are teachers. It also acknowledges that the learner, educator and whānau cannot be separated, thereby fostering a community of learners
- Inclusive education - where all tamariki are engaged and active through being present, participating, learning and developing a sense belonging; where teachers offer equitable learning opportunities for all; where children's different cultures are valued.
In Peacocks, reciprocal and responsive relationships are at the core of our pedagogy as these are essential in the development of confident and competent young learners. We implement Te Whāriki, the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum. It guides and inspires everything we do as kaiako. Our pedagogy is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach and RIE. We implement bicultural practices to give tamariki the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the heritages of both partners to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Te Reo Mᾱori, Tikanga Mᾱori, and Kaupapa Mᾱori are woven into our daily practice. We encourage Nature Education for its scope of learning and to contribute to sustainable environments; where we as one people, are kaitiakitanga of the Earth.
He aha te mea nui o te ao
What is the most important thing in the world?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata
It is the people, it is the people, it is the people