At First Footsteps our image of the child is based on the belief that they are competent, inquisitive, active explorers capable of leading their own learning journeys at their own pace.
Providing quality education and care is at the heart of what we do. Providing a safe, nurturing and inviting environment supports the child to set the pace for their own learning and development according to individual and group interests.
Being a small homely centre allows us to foster an environment which promotes Tuakana/Teina where our tamariki play and learn alongside each other.
We are committed to developing meaningful, caring and respectful relationships where the child and whanau feel valued. Through valuing open communication and promoting inclusiveness, allows the child and whanau to gain a sense of belonging.
We acknowledge our bi-cultural heritage through partnerships with our tamariki and whanau and the essence of te ao Maori throughout the centre.
First Footsteps is a home away from home for our tamariki where warmth, trust and aroha are woven into the fabric of our philosophy.
Teachers at First Footsteps are passionate about our environment and our set ups. We do our best to make our space inviting and aesthetically pleasing. We like children to have access to all resources so they can follow their own learning cues and interests. We take extra care in making sure the resources we set up are relevant to current interests and learning and are age and stage appropriate.