We think of Peacocks Early Learning Centre as a large extended family, embracing children, parents, whᾱnau, teachers and all other staff members. Peacocks is a nurturing, engaging and pleasing place of learning for both our infants and children, and parents and teachers.
We create a culture and teaching and learning practices at Peacocks:
- where children flourish and reach their full potential;
- where investigation by children (and adults) is a hallmark of the curriculum, and children and adults demonstrate a passion to explore and learn alongside each other;
- where children and family members feel welcome and their culture respected; and which is connected to the Ellerslie community and beyond.
We live and work by the following values:
- Respect - for and by children, parents and whanau, teachers, management and community;
- Manaakitanga – warm, welcoming, hospitable, kind and caring, and trustworthy; like family;
- Sustainability - in our environment and kaitiakitanga of the Earth;
- Enthusiasm for learning – for children, for families, for our teachers and others in education.
- We acknowledge a Bi-Cultural perspective to give children the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the heritages of both partners to Te Tirito o Waitangi. Te Reo Mᾱori, Tikanga Mᾱori, and Kaupapa Mᾱori are woven into our daily practice.
We acknowledge Te Whāriki, the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum. It guides and inspires everything we do as teachers.
Our pedagogy is inspired by Te Whāriki, Malaguzzi, Bronfenbrenner, Bruner, Pikler, Gerber, Vygotsky and Howard Gardner.
We believe that the visual arts and aesthetics are essential for the growth of thinking children.
We emphasise Nature Education for its breadth of learning and to contribute to sustainable environments.
We believe learning, leadership and responsibility should be shared amongst everyone in the Peacocks Community, including teachers, parents, whᾱnau, children and management.
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.
"The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences. We must widen the range of topics and goals, the types of situations we offer and their degree of structure, the kinds and combinations of resources and materials, and the possible interactions with things, peers, and adults."
-Loris Malaguzzi (1920-1994), Italian early education specialist. Quoted in The Hundred Languages of Children, ch. 3, by Carolyn Edwards (1993).