Our philosophy

We underpin our childcare and education practices with a strong philosophy in order to deliver high quality outcomes for our children. 


Our vision is to be a centre that provides high quality early childhood education, engaging with children, whānau and the wider community.


Our purpose is to provide families with high quality care and education for children that positively promotes their individual learning outcomes.


We believe that all children bring with them a kete of knowledge, skills and dispositions that we value, nurture and grow during their time at Rutherford Street Kindergarten, providing opportunities for children to build their wairua (wellbeing), self identity, resilience and independence.

We recognise and affirm that we live in a bicultural country and we embrace the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Teachers identify the importance of an individual’s culture and respective language. We are committed to supporting children and whānau to keep their culture alive, thus providing positive and affirming awareness of their own unique identity.

We strive to be an inclusive and equitable environment by recognising our role in advocating and supporting all learners – this includes children with abilities, diverse needs, children who speak English as an additional language, as well as diversity of gender, socio-economic situations and ethnicity.

Socio-cultural theory underpins our teaching practice and we believe that social interactions play a fundamental role in children’s learning and development. We believe in evaluating and engaging in wānanga/collaborative reflective practice. We engage in enquiry-based learning for both individuals and groups and as such believe that the environment stimulates and encourages children’s interests to be explored. We believe in promoting sustainable living and healthy lifestyles.

As a collaborative team we strive to work with whānau to support children to be prepared socially, physically, emotionally and academically as they make the transition to school, which is a real focus at kindergarten.