At Little Ducklings Early Learning Centre, we promote genuine, respectful relationships between teachers, children and families, and value open, honest, reciprocal communication. We respect children as competent and confident individuals, we support them to build on their individual strengths, interests and encourage them in developing independence and personal responsibility. We believe that children are filled with curiosity and potential, and have the right to learn and communicate. “Play is indeed the child’s work and the means whereby he grows and develops”. We value play as a distinctive tool for exploration and self- expression and a medium of learning. We actively encourage children to express their creativity, ask questions, try new ideas, and develop their problem-solving skills. Our staff provide an encouraging and empowering environment for Learning. Interactions are caring and nurturing, we are proud to provide a safe yet challenging, well-resourced environment to meet the developmental needs of all children enrolled in our service. We acknowledge and embrace the cultural diversity of our community and enjoy honouring a wide variety of celebrations and traditions. Fun, Laughter and Play are an important part of our day. Our programme is designed to equip children as capable and competent learners, ready to take their place in the wider world. We believe that it is a shared journey of learning for children which involve Parents/Whanau, Teachers/ Kaiako and the whole Early childhood community. We promote Te Reo Maori and Nga Tikanga Maori which are made visible and their values are affirmed for children from all cultural backgrounds. We believe in Reggio Emilia based learning experiences as well as Mainstream Early Childhood experiences that endorse our Early Childhood Curriculum – Te Whariki.