Quality care and education for children in a setting that has a home away from home feel – this mission is at the core of our philosophy.  This belief, along with the statements below demonstrates the true essence of the values that drive all of us at Gems to be the best caregivers we can be.

  • We are committed to the guidelines and principles of Te Whariki, the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum document.

  • We value and respect each child’s individuality and interests, which is evident throughout our environment.

  • We believe children will develop as independent thinkers and learners through a play based programme where children are free to explore, socialise, communicate and investigate. 

  • We strive to create a rich learning environment, which encourages imagination and keeps a child’s natural curiosity alive. 

  • Our natural environment offers developmentally appropriate challenges and empowers children to take risks, yet still provides a sense of security.

  • Our centres are situated in multicultural communities and we welcome children and families from many different ethnic backgrounds.  Our teaching acknowledges and respects all cultures and beliefs.  In particular, we are committed to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and incorporate Maori language into our daily routines.

  • We are dedicated to providing a warm and inviting atmosphere where children and whanau develop a strong sense of belonging and collaborative partnership.  We encourage and value parent participation at any level.

  • Through careful planning and review, supported by passionate qualified teachers, we aim to enhance and extend every child’s learning.

Our inspiration

Our teaching is inspired by the theories of Pikler and Reggio, in conjunction with an emergent and integrated curriculum. Click here to learn more about these.