Vision / Philosophy

Our Philosophy

Rainbow Bears preschool is a small, warm, friendly, family orientated childcare centre. We believe that all children are capable, competent, confident learners. We strive on providing the most nurturing and safe environment for children to grow, learn, participate and contribute to their own learning. By delivering free play alongside structured learning we believe that this provides children the opportunity to gain empowerment over their mind, body and spirit ensuring holistic development.

At Rainbow Bears we cater to children aged from birth – five and we feel that the development of under-twos is just as much a priority as those of an older understanding. The teachers that work with our nursery children are attentive and responsive to the needs of the children and to their physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Here at Rainbow Bears we ensure that a majority of our documentation and planning is linked to the Aotearoa New Zealand ECE curriculum; Te Whāriki. It is important to us, as teachers, to capture all teachable moments and ensure parent’s aspirations for their children are met where possible. We recognise that learning is on-going, context based and that we are all equal partners in the teaching and learning process. Open communication between children, staff and whanau is seen by us at Rainbow Bears as essential to creating and maintaining strong, responsive, reciprocal and open relationships.

All our teachers acknowledge me ona tikanga and the principles inherent in Te Tiriti o Waitangi, along with the commitment to working in partnership with whanau and the community. The concepts of whanaungatanga, manaaki tanga, ako, wananga, tangata whenuatanga, and aroha, are evident in aspects of our service operations and are implemented through the use of Te reo Maori. We believe in upholding and ensuring the mana, mauri, and wairua of not only the child and their families but also the staff and centre as a whole.

Pasifika views are openly recognised and valued within our centre. We collaborate alongside our Pacific community to ensure that their culture is respected and appreciated. We strive to develop an authentic relationship with all, for which we provide a service. We also acknowledge the large multicultural nature of our community and ensure we respect all children as individuals.

We ensure that self-expression and the leadership of the child and teachers are welcomed and encouraged through ideas, interests, strengths and opinions. We understand that every child is unique and has an individual way of knowing, being, and doing. We aim to create strong, independent, resilient life-long learners. As teachers we too ensure we are life-long learners who are on the path of constant development ensuring your child has the best opportunity for play, exploration and development, possible.