Manaaki whenua, manaaki tangata, haere whakamua
Care for the land, care for the people, go forward
Open Spaces is a loving and engaging place of learning for our tamariki, kaiako and whānau. We provide a safe, educational, nurturing and fun environment for all. Within this environment children are encouraged to practice social competence, risk management and curiosity. Three key skills for future growth.
We acknowledge, respect and promote the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and ensure our tamariki experience an environment that values and promotes Te Ao Māori.
We acknowledge Te Whāriki, the New Zealand early childhood curriculum. It guides and inspires everything we do as teachers.
Open Spaces is a nature-rich community and our relationships with Papatūānuku guide our values and practice.
As Kaitiaki/ guardians we:
We value learning dispositions such as curiosity, imagination, creativity and perseverance. Whakamana / Empowerment sees tamariki initiate and lead their own learning, accept leadership and responsibility. Our emergent curriculum is based on authentic learning experiences based on children’s strengths and interests.
We recognise and value Whānau Tangata / Family and Community as experts and as partners in the nurturing of tamariki. We support the cultural capital of tamariki and their whānau and endeavour to incorporate family perspectives and expertise into the curriculum.
At Open Spaces we welcome, value and respect diversity within our centre.