OLIVE TREE EDUCATION AND CARE

Our Teaching Philosophy

WE BELIEVE THAT RELATIONSHIP IS THE HEART OF LEARNING.

“When it comes to cultivating quality learning experiences for young children, relationship is the soil out of which everything grows.”
LORRAINE SCHOU, BETHLEHEM EARLY LEARNING CENTRES MANAGER

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When children feel relaxed, loved and celebrated they become creative, playful and curious about the world. Our teacher’s develop a caring relationship with your child, helping them to learn, grow and thrive!

 

WE BELIEVE IN LEARNING THROUGH PLAY.

We believe that play is the most meaningful way young children learn. When children play they are exploring, experimenting, thinking, solving problems, forming relationships, being creative, using their imagination, learning by trial and error, planning and predicting and acting out situations that have meaning for them.

WE BELIEVE IN FOLLOWING YOUR CHILD’S FASCINATIONS.

Part of honouring each child as a gift to be discovered means encouraging the particular interests and fascinations each child has. Our teachers facilitate a flexible and responsive curriculum, incorporating child-initiated approaches by noticing and building on the inherent talents and interests of each child.

WE BELIEVE CHILDREN LEARN THROUGH POSITIVE INTERACTIONS WITH TEACHERS.

Our teachers facilitate purposeful play through learning conversations and record significant learning-in-play events in learning stories. Through the Te Whāriki framework we document, support, and extend children’s individual and group interests and strengths. Our learning programme encourages your child to develop independence and a sense of self-identity as a learner.

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Why Choose Olive Tree Education and Care?

WE HAVE  A BIG HEART FOR CHILDREN. We honour each child as a gift to be discovered and developed. Our passion as educators is to nourish, nurture, affirm and encourage each child in his or her uniqueness. Read more
WE WELCOME PARENT INVOLVEMENT.  Our door is always open. We believe that parents are the primary educators and we count it a privilege to partner with and support you in that important role. Parents/whanau are very welcome to be involved in our daily programme at any time. Read more
OUR MALE HEAD TEACHER RUNS AN EXCITING LEARNING PROGRAMME.  This is a centre where boys can be boys and girls can do anything! We run a fun and stimulating programme with lots of hands-on adventures for active kids. Read more
OUR BABIES & TODDLERS UNIT IS SPACIOUS AND NURTURING.  Families love that our space is double that of many centres. Our teachers have years of experience behind them and especially love working with the under 3’s children.  Read more
OUR CHRISTIAN VALUES CREATE A LOVING ENVIRONMENT. We have a heart-felt and faith-filled desire to respect, accept, nurture, support and affirm your child. It is our privilege to enjoy their uniqueness, to develop their gifts and talents and to bring them into a positive experience of God’s love. Read more