|Our 'Kaitiakitanga: Walking with Tane' programme is unique in Northland. Located on a 133 acre farm with a significant part being native forest, our tamariki have the opportunity to spend time in nature everyday. There are Puriri trees over 400 years old, friendly Tuna, streams to explore, trees to climb, and a maze of old trails to lead us on adventure and discovery.
Learning experienced in the bush is brought back to our centre where our connections to papatūānuku are deeply embedded in our daily practice.
Our practises are influenced by two current childcare philosophies: the 'children are their own best risk managers' practice as promoted by Claire Warden of Mindstretchers in Scotland, and in our Under 2 area, the Magda Gerber (RIE) philosophy.
The heart of our programme at Open Spaces is our walks to The Wild Woods.
The under two children also have the opportunity to spend as much time as possible in nature, and often come along on walks to The Wild Woods.