The Ark Preschool is a Christian Preschool that provides a loving environment guided by Christian beliefs and values. We warmly welcome everyone. We are a place where children learn to love and love to learn.
Children learn to love:
We are a mixed age centre that celebrates and encourages tuakana / teina relationships where younger children learn from older siblings and peers and older children develop leadership. Children learn to be kind, respect and trust each other, show empathy, talk, share ideas, listen to each others ideas, negotiate, and build relationships and friendships. Children learn to be adaptive, creative and resilient.
Children love to learn:
We offer a play-based curriculum which empowers children to learn by valuing their interests and building upon these interests in our planning. Our rich learning environment supports children’s love of learning by encouraging them to be active learners, critical thinkers, problem solvers, curious, joyful and full of wonder.
During children’s play kaiako* look for ways to extend and enrich children’s learning using intentional teaching strategies. Children are supported to learn how to learn. Kaiako actively encourage and promote children’s cognitive (hinengaro), physical (tinana), emotional (whatumanawa), spiritual (wairua), and social and cultural development. We believe in respectful, reciprocal, responsive relationships that empower children to gain an understanding that they are capable and confident learners.
We acknowledge the bicultural heritage of Aotearoa and the cultural diversity in our community, incorporating the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi; partnership, participation and protection. We believe it is when kaiako, whanau, and community all work together that we can best help children reach their full potential.
We embrace and celebrate each child's uniqueness. It is our hope and prayer that every child leaves here with a strong sense of mana, knowing who they are, confident that they are loved and valued, and with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and dispositions to enable them to become lifelong learners.
Kaiako includes all teachers, educators and other adults who have a responsibility for the care and education of children in an ECE setting.