Early Learning Centre - Palmerston North

Yrs 0-5


The centre programme supports children to learn through self-motivated discovery, active exploration, investigating, thinking, and communicating.  The mixed age group allows for infants and toddlers to learn alongside their older peers promoting tuakana teina relationships. 

The primary caregiving system allows for teachers to know children and whānau well and work in partnership to develop individual and group experiences to promote quality care and meaningful educational experiences for all.  Each child’s development and learning is documented in their individual portfolios.

ERO - Education Review Office

“The philosophy promotes the bicultural heritage of New Zealand and underpins teacher practice. Developing strong relationships with parents and whānau is a priority. Teachers proactively seek out parent aspirations and provide opportunities for them to contribute to the programme. These relationships are used as a pathway to promote educational success for Māori.  The curriculum is consistent with Te Whāriki. It is inclusive and responsive to children as confident and competent learners. It provides children with a range of experiences and opportunities. The quantity and variety of resources and equipment are appropriate for the learning and abilities of the children attending.  Tuakana teina relationships are promoted. Infants and toddlers enthusiastically participate in the programme alongside their older peers.  Children's learning portfolios effectively show their ongoing interests and participation in the programme.“